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Low-cost, low-energy positive displacement pumps for irrigation
Reducing the risk of water contamination; a new water valve
Indian bee hive technology
Turning agricultural waste into solid fuel through thermochemical treatment
Alexander H. Slocum is the Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Alex has written two books on machine design Precision Machine Design and FUNdaMENTALs of Design (free download on http://pergatory.mit.edu), published more than 150 papers, and has 116+ issued patents. Alex regularly works with companies on the development of new products and has been significantly involved with the invention and development of 11 products that have been awarded R&D 100 awards.
Alex is a Fellow of the ASME and the recipient of the Society of Manufacturing Engineer’s Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal, ASME Leonardo daVinci Award, the ASME Machine Design Award, and the Association of Manufacturing Technology Charlie Carter Award.
Alex’s areas of interest broadly include precision machine design as applied to machines and instruments for agriculture, healthcare, energy and water systems. He also seeks to help Fellows identify symbiotic opportunities where one system’s problem can be another system’s opportunity.