Adjunct Professor Ernesto Blanco of mechanical engineering displayed some of his inventions in the department's first-floor lounge earlier this week. Blanco, who first came to MIT in 1960, has taught Elements of Mechanical Design (2.72) since 1996. In that time, seven patents have come out of the course, including one used in the push-button operated "disappearing seats" in the Cadillac SRX. Blanco has 200 patents, but is best known for his Flip-It pancake flipper. His safety trocar (above) would prevent surgeons from accidentally puncturing internal organs during endoscopic surgery. Photo / Donna Coveney
With over 200 published papers, multiple books, and countless media appearances, Emanuel’s 41 years at MIT have been marked by influential research into hurricane formation and climate change outreach.