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Dr. Mike North

Co-Developer And Star Of Discovery Channel’s, Prototype This!; Inventor, Scientist

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Dr. North is involved in all aspects of our technological charge from inventing new materials and technologies in a clean room, to creating cutting edge prototypes on Discovery Channel’s Prototype This! Brimming with enthusiasm, Mike’s engaging personality makes him an energetic and charismatic science and technology advocate inspiring grade-schoolers to CEOs.

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Dr. North is involved in all aspects of our technological charge from inventing new materials and technologies in a cleanroom, to creating cutting edge prototypes on Discovery Channel’s Prototype This! Brimming with enthusiasm, Mike’s engaging personality makes him an energetic and charismatic science and technology advocate inspiring grade-schoolers to CEOs.

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. During his graduate work, he 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 bio-mimetics, micro/nanofabrication, nanoscale microscopy and micro/nanomechanical characterization. His investigations in these areas have been published in leading scientific journals, including Advanced Materials and Nature.

Dr. North’s unique mix of engineering and artistic skills combined with his charismatic personality led him to masterminding builds on Discovery Channel’s Prototype This! Responsible for co-developing the concept of the show and developing concepts for new inventions, Mike would then lead teams of crack inventors, builders and engineers to create never before seen spectacles of engineering. The inventions range from 6 legged all-terrain vehicles to 30-foot-tall waterslide simulators to lifesaving firefighting equipment.

Mike brought innovation to the toy industry as the Chief Technology Officer at Nukotoys, a company that is redefining the toy category by blurring the line between online and offline. ReAllocate is the project Mike is most passionate about. As Founder Mike is uniting the engineering and design communities to provide design and engineering support to those at the base of the economic pyramid. Mike commonly 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.

Millennials are looking to have much more dynamic careers, with freedom to move about the globe while also earning a living. Dr. North has taken it to the extreme by creating a lifestyle that allows him the (almost) complete freedom to go wherever he likes, whenever he likes.


Dr. North has developed a method for forming ad-hoc teams around challenging design and engineering projects that are able to execute and deliver faster and cheaper than corporations or more traditional design firms. The method was developed for Discovery Channels Prototype This! and he continues to currently use it for projects ranging from small start-ups to the DOD. He has also taught a course at UC Berkeley on the subject.


As we move into the sharing economy, materialism and ownership are falling on the wayside with people more interested in shared experiences. This is evident in the rise of festival culture and the incredible experiences that are being created there. Dr. North has just helped create one of the most interesting experiences–The Roadkill Saloon–at one of the largest international festivals of the year, The Oregon Eclipse Festival.


An entire movement is taking off based around creating and self-empowerment. This is influencing traditional mass production and consumerism. Why is this so popular and what are the opportunities for businesses to get involved? Dr. North has been a thought leader and active member of the maker movement since 2007.