Find out how you’ll get to space! Learn why your next new car will drive itself! Discover the industrial revolution coming to your desktop!
Leading journalist and commentator on future technology Michael Belfiore reports from the frontiers of innovation for a whirlwind tour of the astonishing changes sweeping the world in fields as diverse as space exploration, manufacturing, and computer science. He also shows how you can get involved—even if you’re not a scientist or an engineer!
Michael inspires audiences to connect with their own passions and talents, use university resources to reach for their dreams, and connect with others to help realize them. He details how small teams of people with limited resources are quite literally changing the world, providing a firsthand account of ordinary people doing the extraordinary. Along the way he shows how anyone can accomplish their goals and find a place in the world, both in an academic setting and beyond.
Michael provides the perfect antidote for the prevailing pessimism about the environment, the economy, and the state of North America’s competitiveness in the global marketplace. Yes, we have big challenges, but along with them come big opportunities for individuals to make a difference, both in their own lives and in the world at large.
Michael Belfiore is a leading commentator on the innovations shaping our world. He brings his infectious enthusiasm, personal connections with some of today’s most revolutionary innovators, and inspiring vision of the future to his talks at universities, empowering individuals to take part in the technological revolution now in progress.
Michael regularly writes for leading print publications including Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Smithsonian, National Geographic, Scientific American, Air & Space, Financial Times, and the New York Times. He also appears on major broadcast media outlets including the Fox Business Network, Bloomberg Radio and TV, CNN, CTV’s Canada AM, and NPR’s Marketplace and Morning Edition.
His books Rocketeers and The Department of Mad Scientists (both from HarperCollins) are the first to chronicle the birth of the commercial space age and to go behind the scenes at DARPA, the Pentagon’s maverick R&D agency.
“I took a big leap just recently…. Michael, if you had not come to give your presentation and encouragement, I probably would have found a way to talk myself out of going. YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE! Thank you.”
Dex Sprinkle, Graduate Student, Western Carolina University
“Michael inspired my students with true-life tales from his career as a journalist covering space, technology, and innovation. His lively presentation style and wonderful anecdotes got my students jazzed up about their own futures.”
Lisa A. Phillips, Assistant Professor of Journalism, State University of New York at New Paltz
“The audience got a sense of the significance of humanity’s attempts to become a spacefaring civilization, and how lucky we are to be living in such an interesting time. Thank you for the talk!”
Viraj Pandya, Undergraduate Student, Rutgers University