Skylar Tibbits named 2015 Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine

Skylar Tibbits, Research Scientist and Director of the Self-Assembly Lab, was named the Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine at the annual R&D 100 Awards. The award is presented each year to an “individual or team who has demonstrated leadership, creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and success in the pursuit of science and technology.” It is the magazine’s top individual award.

“I am truly honored to be listed as this year’s R&D Innovator of the Year. It is all thanks to our amazing team at the Self-Assembly Lab,” said Tibbits. “At the human scale, most everything we build is from the top-down,” says Tibbits. “Human construction tends to force materials together in the ways we want them with machines or by hand. But we are looking for an alternative to question how large-scale objects can come together in new ways.”

Previous recipients include: Dr. Hugh Herr from the MIT Media Lab (2014), Andrew J. Ouderkirk of 3M Company (2013), Elon Musk (2007), Dean Kamen (2006), among many others.

Tibbits is an MIT alum, holding degrees from Architecture and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has taught undergraduate and graduate workshops and studios in the department since 2011. Tibbits was also recently named Editor in Chief of 3DP+, 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Journal, published by Mary Liebert Publishers. The second issue was released in December 2015 and can be found, here: