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Paulo Blikstein, PhD

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education and Computer Science Department
Director of the Transformative Learning Technologies Lab
Stanford University

Blikstein’s research focuses on how new technologies can deeply transform the learning of science, engineering, and mathematics. He creates and researches cutting-edge educational technologies, such as computer modeling, robotics, digital fabrication, and rapid prototyping, creating hands-on learning environments in which children learn science and mathematics by building sophisticated projects and devices.

He also focuses on the application of data-mining and machine learning for the assessment of hands-on, project-based learning. Blikstein is a pioneer in bringing the maker movement to schools, and has started the first educational program around digital fabrication in school, the FabLab@School project. His group has built advanced digital fabrication labs in middle and high-schools in the US, Russia, Mexico, Spain, Australia, Denmark, and Thailand. Paulo is also the Founder and Principal Investigator of the Lemann Center for Brazilian Education at Stanford, a 10-year initiative to transform public education in Brazil. A recipient of the National Science Foundation Early Career Award, he holds a PhD. from Northwestern University, an MSc. from the MIT Media Lab, and a B.S. and M.Eng. in Engineering from the University of São Paulo, Brazil.