At the broadest level, Rob is interested in the future role of biology as a human technology. He has worked to develop new biological technologies in both academic and commercial environments, focusing on molecular measurement and microfluidic systems. Carlson is the author of the book Biology is Technology: The Promise, Peril, and New Business of Engineering Life, published in 2010 by Harvard University Press. Dr. Carlson earned a doctorate in Physics from Princeton University in 1997.
Rik has a broad technical and entrepreneurial background developed at several start-ups and his own consulting firm. His technical expertise includes all aspects of modern electronic hardware development including high-speed PCB design, ASIC & FPGA design, HDL coding and synthesis methodologies, and design-for-manufacturing and -test. He has worked for startups, founded two companies, and most recently ran his own engineering consulting firm. Rik earned a BA Physics with Distinction and an MEng in Electrical Engineering, both from Cornell University.