The Lemelson-MIT Program has named Ramesh Raskar, founder of the Camera Culture research group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab and associate professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, as recipient of the 2016 Lemelson-MIT Prize.
The $500,000 prize honors an outstanding mid-career inventor working to improve the world through technological invention and a commitment to mentorship in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The prize is made possible through the support of the Lemelson Foundation, a leading funder of invention in service of social and economic change. Over the next three years, Raskar will invest a portion of the prize in the development of young inventors.
Over the course of his career, Raskar has aimed to link young engineers with the academic and entrepreneurial worlds, igniting a passion in them for impact inventing. A pioneer in the fields of imaging, computer vision, and machine learning, his novel imaging platforms offer an understanding of the world that far exceeds human ability. Raskar has mentored more than a hundred students, visiting students, interns, and postdoctoral associates, many of whom who, with his guidance and support, have been able to kick-start their own highly successful careers.
"Raskar is a multifaceted leader as an inventor, educator, change maker, and exemplar connector," said Stephanie Couch, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program. "In addition to creating his own remarkable inventions, he is working to connect communities and inventors all over the world to create positive change."