Sawyer Buckminster Fuller |
Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Seattle
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Room MEB 321
Education (curriculum vitae)
(You can add the following if it needs to sound impressive: His work at the intersection of robotics and biology has been featured in a cover article in The MIT Technology Review and in news outlets such as Wired and The Scientist, and has appeared in journals such as Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. )
Other things about me are that I really like riding bicycles, and I don't really like driving in cars, there are way too many of them. My favorite sports to play are soccer and ultimate frisbee, and sometimes I make art. When I get a chance I love being in the water, whether it's charging deep into the barrel (that is, surfing), sailing, windsurfing, or kayaking.
Relation to R. Buckminster Fuller
My favorite part about Buckminster Fuller was how much emphasis he put on thinking orthogonally to convention. He questioned why buildings had to be square, for example. His suggestion was to instead rely on the intrinsic strength of triangles and efficiently enclose space with spheres like the geodesic dome. But his main concern was poverty. He believed that technology was advanced enough that the cost of being poor should not be a lack of basic needs like food, water, or medicine. That so many still did not have these essentials, including his own daughter who died at a young age, indicated that radical thinking was required. He believed the solution lay in a combination of entrepreneurship, commerce, and focus on environmental sustainability, and promoted his ideas vigorously. This led to a saying by idealistic youth in the 60's and 70's, perhaps echoed by my parents, to "never trust anyone over 30 -- except Bucky." I don't have enough patience to read his esoteric style of writing, so instead I watch his videos on Youtube.