Dr. Mike North is described as a rockstar of science and technology. With a PhD in Nanotechnology, having been published in the journal Nature, and hosting his own show on the Discovery Channel inventing the future; Mike has the background and skills to deliver high energy, intelligent, entertaining talks that leave audiences cheering. Brimming with enthusiasm, Mikes engaging personality makes him an energetic and charismatic science and technology advocate inspiring grade-schoolers to CTOs.
Dr. North is involved in all aspects of our scientific and technological charge from inventing new materials in a cleanroom, to creating cutting edge prototypes on Discovery Channels Prototype This!, to fighting global warming growing algae at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. His latest projects include hosting/producing a TV show building high-tech hotrods, designing the future of childrens gaming, and inventing everything from snowboards to cookware.
A master of the “nano” world Mike earned a Ph.D. and Masters in Materials Science and Engineering, as well as graduating summa cum laude in Mechanical Engineering, from U.C. Santa Barbara. During his graduate work, he designed and fabricated the world’s first adhesive that can be turned on and off electronically. It was inspired by biological adhesives systems, such as the one used by geckos. Mike’s scientific interests delve into specialties such as biomimetics, micro/nanofabrication, nanoscale microscopy and micro/nanomechanical characterization. His investigations in these areas have been published in leading scientific journals, including Advanced Materials and Nature.
On the nano-artistic side, Mike uses cutting-edge nanofabrication techniques to create innovative micro- and nano-sculptures. Expanding on techniques used to make computer chips, he photolithographically patterns surfaces, carves out material using biased plasmas, deposits other materials such as titanium or platinum, and even grows nanostructures using a self-developed cleanroom technique. The entire final structure ends up being smaller than the width of a human hair (and Mike concedes that it probably requires a Ph.D. to understand what all this means!). Mike also has a knack for building large-scale avant-garde art, such as fire-breathing 90-mph dragon ships or classic BMWs loaded with computer-controlled fire-blasting cannons.
Dr. North found himself masterminding builds on Prototype This! Here he joins a team of crack inventors, builders and engineers to create never before seen spectacles of engineering. To accomplish these projects at breakneck speeds Mike pulls from all areas of science, technology and manufacturing. The inventions range from 6 legged all terrain vehicles to 30 foot tall waterslide simulators to lifesaving fire fighting equipment.
More recently Mike is a host on the primetime Science Channel show Outrageous Acts of Science and hosts/produces his own Discovery Digital Show In The Making, where he travels the world discovering the next big thing.
While his current projects are still top secret, Mike is known for sharing classified information with audiences bringing them to the bleeding edge of technology.