What we can do in technology is defined by our tools. If we want new possibilities, we need to create new tools. Greg Nordin was looking for a breakthrough new method of making lab-on-a-chip devices, in which a medical diagnostic or bio-research laboratory is reduced to the size of a small chip. What he and his group came up with is a new tool for directly 3D printing lab-on-a-chip (also called "microfluidic") devices.
Greg Nordin, a professor in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at Brigham Young University, has spent thirty years developing new technologies based on micro- and nanofabrication processes. He loves the challenge of creating new capabilities to benefit our everyday lives. For the past fifteen years, he has focused on inventing devices for health-related diagnostics and research, recently culminating in creating a 3D printer and related new materials specifically designed to fabricate medical diagnostic laboratories on tiny chips. In addition to his technical work, Greg loves the outdoors, including off-road motorcycling, mountain biking, and trail running. Greg earned BS and MS degrees in physics from BYU and University of California, Los Angeles, respectively, and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.