After a Ph.D. from M.I.T. and postdoctoral studies at IBM, NASA and the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule-Zürich, Pete is not only a nerd but he learned certain invaluable things like how to pronounce Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule-Zürich. After a brief stint in industry he is now an Associate Professor in the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is trying to prove that engineers can be funny and not funny-looking.
Pete lectures internationally on the use of humor in technical communication and education and carries out research on the use of improvisational humor in improving creativity in engineering design. He currently directs aLiving Learning Community at Georgia Tech entitled “Humor and Innovation” that examines the use of humor in technical communication, education and innovation. Pete also co-hosts Inside the Black Box, a weekly program on science and technology every Sun. from noon to 1pm on WREK 91.1FM in Atlanta. “Science, only funnier,” is the motto of Pete and his co-host, fellow Georgia Tech Professor and comedian, Bill hunt as they add a little humor to discussions of science and technology relevant to our everyday lives.