Inspiration from an MIT researcher who is harvesting energy from the body itself
On September 18th, 2018, I woke up really excited. My husband and I had an appointment at 9:00 a.m. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge to interview Dr. Canan Dagdeviren. Being from Paris, France, I had never been inside MIT, but had always dreamed of visiting it. That day, my dream was going to come true. I was thrilled.
After a short taxi ride (short in distance, but long in time, because traffic was heavy), my husband Eric and I arrived at a large, modern building. A big sign reading “Massachusetts Institute of Technology” was above the entrance door. My heart was racing with excitement. My husband and I climbed up the stairs leading to the entrance door and were met in the lobby by a young, thin, beautiful brunette with long hair and strikingly bright, brown eyes, wearing a colorful red and white top over white pants. She had a big smile on her face and, extending her right hand, said: “I am Canan Dagdeviren, welcome to MIT!”
Getting on an elevator to the 4th floor, we followed her to her spacious office.
“My office has Turkish decorations which remind me of my family and my home country” Canan said proudly. Indeed, on a wall above her desk was a very old, handmade carpet.
“This carpet is a gift from my great aunt. It is several hundred years old, and all its colors are generated from flowers. To protect it, I have put it in a vacuum frame,” Canan added with a smile, then taking us along a corridor. “Now let me show you my lab. I had it custom-built with transparent walls.” We arrived outside a large area with transparent, yellowish walls.
Originally Published on Psychology Today
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