Twitter:  @d  octornorth

Twitter: @doctornorth


“As the world shifts from the concept of work-life balance to that of a fully integrated life, we need to consider how to bring together both professional and personal pursuits. Beyond just working on something that we’re passionate about, how do we fully allow ourselves to exist in concert with what we contribute to the world?”
— Mike "Doc" North, on his TEDxWanChai talk titled 'How My Friend Taught Me to Live an Integrated Authentic Life'
Dr. Mike North, host of Discovery shows “Prototype This!", "In The Making”, “ Innovative Design” and “Outrageous Acts of Science,” is an undaunted, anything-but-mild engineer. Fusing science with media, he opens doors to awe-inspiring experiences and radical paradigm shifts.

A master of the “nano” world, Mike earned a Ph.D. and Masters in Materials Science and Engineering, as well as graduating summa cum laude in Mechanical Engineering, from U.C. Santa Barbara. Dr. North now applies his scientific knowledge to a variety of endeavours, from his teaching days of innovation at UC Berkeley, to creating a more equitable planet as founder of, going on outlandish climate awareness adventures at, harnessing excess mobile processing to solve cancer challenges as advisor to Compute for Cancer, building robots and IoT devices for clients such as Intel and The Department of Defense at his consulting firm North Design Labs, or creating compelling media for clients ranging from Tesla to USAID to Discovery Communications.

During his graduate work, Mike designed and fabricated the world’s first adhesive that can be turned on and off electronically. Mike’s scientific interests delve into specialties such as biomimetics, micro/nanofabrication, nanoscale microscopy and micro/nanomechanical characterisation. His investigations in these areas have been published in leading scientific journals, including Advanced Materials and Nature.

Mike frequently speaks on the status and future of science and technology, and is a stand out motivational speaker.  He is involved in several start-ups, educational programs, ongoing research, and is an advisor to multiple companies.