John Hart is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, and Director of the Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies at MIT. John’s research group at MIT, the Mechanosynthesis Group, aims to accelerate the science and technology of advanced production in areas including additive manufacturing and nanostructured materials, and to accelerate the integration of computation and automation in process innovation and factory operation. John created the world’s first massive open online course on manufacturing processes (MIT 2.008x on edX), and leads MIT’s online additive manufacturing professional curriculum which has educated thousands of engineers since its launch in 2018. John’s research and teaching accomplishments have been recognized by prestigious awards from the United States NSF, ONR, AFOSR, DARPA, ASME, and SME, by two R&D 100 awards, and most recently by the MIT Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching in Mechanical Engineering and the MIT Keenan Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education. John has co-authored >150 journal publications and is co-inventor on >50 pending and issued patents. He is also a co-founder of Desktop Metal and Board Member of Carpenter Technology.