Alex Wissner-Gross, PhD

2003 Hertz Fellow
Alexander Wissner-Gross
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Dr. Alexander D. Wissner-Gross is a Research Affiliate at the MIT Media Laboratory. He has received 102 major distinctions, authored 14 publications, been granted 9 issued, pending, and provisional patents, and founded, managed, and advised 4 technology companies, 1 of which has been acquired. In 1998, he won the U.S.A. Computer Olympiad and represented the U.S. at the International Olympiad in Informatics. In 2003, he became the last person in MIT history to receive a triple major, with bachelors in Physics, Electrical Science and Engineering, and Mathematics, while graduating first in his class from the MIT School of Engineering. In 2007, he completed his PhD in Physics at Harvard University, where his research on smart matter, pervasive computing, and machine learning was awarded the Hertz Doctoral Thesis Prize. Following his PhD, he was named a Ziff Fellow in Computer Science at Harvard University. His work has been featured in Technology Review, BusinessWeek, Scientific American, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Graduate Studies

Harvard University
Physically Programmable Surfaces

Undergraduate Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


2008, Hertz Thesis Prize, Fannie & John Hertz Foundation