michael thomas petralia is just this guy, who catches dinosaurs, builds robots, hacks ideas, tells stories, pursues knowledge, and ponders philosophy, all while trying to remain apt at tomfoolery and attempting to conflate a proclivity for miscellaneous buffoonery and an inordinate recognition of compulsory responsibility into a single disposition. It's been said that if he lived a hundred years ago he'd be an inventor; a thousand and he'd be a wizard. Now, he's a 5th year Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where he studies soft mechanism design principles at Robert Wood's Microrobotics Laboratory and helps out with several platforms at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Michael is also a teaching fellow for the general education course Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science. Michael's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and he'd love to chat.