Kipp Bradford is an engineering researcher working at the boundaries of emerging technology and industries. Most recently, he was a senior Research Scientist at the MIT Media Lab, hired as a result of the “Professor of Other” faculty search for an interdisciplinary scientist. His research merges biology, ecology, and thermodynamics to develop new ways to manage climates at every scale—from personal thermal comfort up to global weather systems. His background spans biomechanical and electrical engineering, design, entrepreneurship, and thermodynamics. He has founded several start-ups in the fields of HVAC+R, transportation, consumer products, and medical devices, and holds numerous patents for his inventions. His works have been exhibited at venues including the United Nations, RISD, the Pratt Institute, and the Seoul Biennale.
Prior to the Media Lab, Kipp has been a Fellow at the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce at Philadelphia University; the Senior Design Engineer and Lecturer at Brown University; and an Adjunct Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is coauthor of Distributed Network Data (O’Reilly Media, 2013) and a contributor to Building Open Source Hardware (Addison-Wesley, 2014).
Kipp is cofounder of the Data Sensing Lab, where he led a small team in designing and manufacturing a 600-node wireless environmental sensor network for Google. He is also the founder of Revolution By Design, a non-profit education and research organization dedicated to empowerment through technology, and of the Innovation Institute, an NSF-funded project that taught technology innovation to underserved youth in New York City.