Prof. Alexander Slocum is the Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, a MacVicar Faculty Teaching Fellow, and a Fellow of the ASME. He directs the Precision Engineering Research Group. He has several dozen issued U.S. patents, many foreign patents, and many more pending, many of which are licensed and cover successful products. He has helped develop 12 products that have earned prestigious R&D 100 awards for being “one of 100 best new technical products of the year” as determined by R&D magazine. Alex was the Massachusetts Professor of the Year in 2000 and is the recipient of the Society of Manufacturing Engineer’s Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal and the ASME Leonardo daVinci and Machine Design Awards. Alex proposed and then helped develop the SEMI E57-1296 Kinematic Coupling Standard, which is used for all wafer pod interfaces in the semiconductor industry. His current interests focus on the development of precision machines ranging from medical devices and instruments to renewable energy harvesting and storage machines. He served on Dr. Steven Chu’s DoE Science Team working on the Gulf Oil Spill.