Fabio Fachin is a doctoral candidate in aerospace engineering at MIT, where he is investigating the potential of extremely small electro-mechanical devices for aerospace and biomedical use. With dimensions in the micrometer to nanometer range, these highly advanced systems are invisible to the naked eye.
However, they have correspondingly low weight—a major virtue in aerospace applications—and permit the manipulation of such microscopic objects as cells and viruses, which cannot be grasped by conventional instruments. Through use of carbon nanotubes and silicon-based micro-fabrication techniques, Fabio hopes to create a new generation of such devices for spacecraft control and global health programs, with a particular focus on developing countries.
A native of Italy, Fabio received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Politecnico di Milano, also spending a year at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands in order to integrate his engineering experience with business and management. He subsequently worked at a microelectronics firm in Singapore. Fabio enjoys swimming, hiking, and running—he completed the 2009 Boston Marathon—and would welcome the opportunity to become an astronaut.