As lead researcher for the Surf Flex Lab - Prof. Marc in het Panhuis can regularly be found testing the limits of surfboard and fin design both in the lab and on the ocean. Yet these projects are truely a world away from Marc's roots as a history-loving teen from the Netherlands.
In many ways Marc's career is even more wide ranging than it first appears - spanning not only geographies, but also technical fields including petrochemicals, nanotechnology, tissue engineering, soft robotics, edible electronics and surfing.
Marc's unconventional approach to research was fostered in Ireland as an early hire for the European expansion of the MIT Media Lab, a role in which Marc worked directly with industry, presented science to U2, and saw the MIT brand open doors to business leaders all across Europe.
In this episode we talk to Marc about flexibility in work, life and science, and hear how a love for the ocean has come to underpin his research as well as his down time.