Prashant Patil is a first year PhD student in The Center for Bits and Atoms group at the MIT Media Lab. His research interests are mainly in interdisciplinary studies involving Physics, Material science, Electrical and Biological engineering, in such fields as quantum computing, nanotechnology and microfabrication. His notable projects includes DIY fabrication of Integrated Circuits, an engineered biological olfactory system and low cost bio-medical instrumentation. Prashant believes in empowering community by democratization of knowledge and giving people access to tools required for local problem-solving. He is also associated with the global FabLab network. Prashant hold a bachelors degree in Engineering Physics and nanoscience from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He was also a visiting researcher at Korea Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea. Prashant enjoys 3D movies, traveling and wilderness survival.