Dr. Dubowsky holds an undergraduate engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Master's and PhD degrees from Columbia University. He's a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department and Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before going on to become the founding director of the MIT Field and Space Robotics Laboratory, Dr. Dubowsky was the head of MIT’s Mechanical Engineering Systems and Design Division. Dr. Dubowsky and his students have authored over 350 scholarly and professional papers in the area of the control and design of innovative mechanical and electro-mechanical systems and devices. These have included works on medical devices, industrial and manufacturing systems, aerospace systems, robotic devices, fuel cell power for field systems, sensor networks and, more recently, alternative clean energy systems and photovoltaic-powered clean water systems for use in challenging environments. Dr. Dubowsky has consulted extensively on product design for companies in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He has advised the National Science Foundation, National Academy of Science/Engineering, the Department of Energy, NASA, and the US Army.