Rob Martello is a Professor of the History of Science and Technology at Olin College. His NSF-sponsored research explores connections between interdisciplinary education, student motivation, and self-directed project-based learning, and he implements his findings in experimental courses (“The Stuff of History,” “Six Microbes that Changed the World”) and faculty development workshops. He has chaired efforts that re-imagined Olin’s faculty reappointment and promotion, institutional outreach, and student assessment approaches. A graduate of MIT’s program in the History and Social Study of Science and Technology, he is also the author of Midnight Ride, Industrial Dawn: Paul Revere and the Growth of American Enterprise, a study of Revere’s multifaceted career and national impacts. He is now researching Benjamin Franklin's printing and business endeavors, and he regularly lectures on Revere and Franklin, our “Founding Makers,” for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.