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3:00 PM | Working with Nature

The 'Working with Nature' panel brings together speakers who make cheese, biofabricated leather, customized skincare, and biogas digesters to discuss working with nature's building blocks and toolkits.

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Heather Paxson

Heather Paxson is a professor in MIT's Anthropology Program. Her most recent book, The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America, is an in-depth study of the American artisanal cheese movement, and has been awarded the Diana Forsythe Prize by the American Anthropological Association. 

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Kevin Yuen

Kevin Yuen is an alumnus of the MIT Integrative Design and Management program. In 2016, he was selected as an IDEO fellow at Food+Future, a collaborative incubator with the MIT Media Lab to prototype new ventures addressing food access & transparency. He was named 30 Under 30 in Sustainability by Corporate Knights in 2017. 

At MITxMake 2018, he will be speaking on his work at Modern Meadow, a Brooklyn- and New Jersey-based startup that uses biofabrication methods to produce synthetic animal-free leather by designing, growing, and assembling collagen.

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Meghan Maupin

Meghan Maupin is an architect and currently a student in MIT's Integrated Design and Management program. She is also co-founder of Atolla Skin Lab, an MIT-based startup that leverages machine learning to deliver customized skincare products using an individual's actual skin data. They have developed a skin and ingredient database to match people with their most efficacious formulations and create products that evolve as a person's skin changes with the seasons, environment and age.

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Pratik Modi

Pratik Modi is a student in the Integrated Design & Management program at MIT. His diverse resume include discovering a new species of frog, designing home-scale biogas digester that runs of food waste, and an off-grid submersible irrigation pump that uses compressed air.