Benjamin Tee, (MS '07, PhD '13), is listed in the MIT Technology Review's 35 Innovators Under 35, a prestigious listing of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world. He won the award for his work in the field of electronic sensor skins. During his PhD career, Benjamin took and pursued a multi-disciplinary approach to his research. He applied his excellent training by the Electrical Engineering department to material science, chemistry and mechanical engineering by working with Prof. Zhenan Bao (Chemical Engineering) to create new skin-like sensors made from unconventional soft materials such as plastic. He created several platform technologies in force sensing that have broad applications, from medical devices to consumer devices.
"The courses taught by the top-notch faculty in the EE department were crucial to my development as a scientist and electrical engineer. They provided me with the strong grounding to reach out to other disciplines that allowed fruitful collaborations to emerge."