Work Experience

2015 - Present
Research Scientist at Intel Corporation
Part-time faculty at Northeastern University
2008 - 2015
Research Asistant at the MIT Media Lab


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA PhD in Media Arts and Sciences – MIT Media Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA Master in Media Technology – MIT Media Lab
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI Master in Industrial Design
Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Bogotá, Colombia. Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design

Publications and Patents

Patent title: Force-sensing net
Santiago Alfaro, Michael Bove, Jared Markowitz, Dan Novy

Patent title: Methods and apparatus for accessing peripheral content
Santiago Alfaro, Michael Bove, Vincent Lee

Master Thesis
Surround vision: a handheld screen for accessing peripheral content around the TV.

Authors: Santiago Alfaro

Interactive Storytelling Journal 2011
Surround vision: a handheld screen for accessing peripheral content around the TV

Authors: Santiago Alfaro, Michael Bove

HCI International 2013-Posters’ Extended Abstracts

Narratarium: An Immersive Storytelling Environment

Authors: Kasia Hayden, Dan Novy, Catherine Havasi, Michael Bove, Santiago Alfaro, Rob Speer



Expert Skills in:

3D Max, AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Rhino, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects

Proficient Skills in:

HTML, Android OS, Maya, Bryce and Poser

Basic Skills in:

Flash, C++, iOS
Comfortable prototyping with basic electronics and coding. I’m familiar with any digital machine shop for fabricating with laser-cutters, water jets, modela, shop-bot and 3D printers.
Industrial Design
Comfortable working with wood, metals and plastics. Familiar with industrial manufacturing processes in said materials. Strong understanding of systems and human-object interfaces.
Fluent in English and Spanish

Previous Experience

2008 - 2015
MIT Media Lab. Cambridge, Ma. Research Assistant for the Object Based Media Group. Worked on advanced technologies for new HCI paradigms. The effect of device interfaces in our experience of storytelling and media. Currently looking into how are devices should be the connection between the user and their surrounding immediate context.
2006 - 2007
Trotti & Associates. M.I.T, Cambridge, Ma. Worked with an interdisciplinary group from MIT preparing a project for the NIAC (NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts) proposing a new mission architecture for the future exploration of the Moon and Mars.
Walmer Design. Miami, Fl. In charge of interior design solutions and preparing the multimedia presentations for prospective clients.
2002 - 2003
Red Independiente, Noticias Uno. Tv Newscaster, Bogotá, Colombia Computer graphic designer for the daily news broadcast.
MIT. Cambridge, MA A new class was created at the media lab to address the multiple backgrounds of our students. The class is segmented in to modules like Sensor, Electronics, Design and Fabrication, Coding, etc. I took over the design and fabrication module teaching to a group of 20 students.
Design and Innovation Workshop, Delhi, India This was the second iteration of the workshop. This year we went Delhi. This time the track was called “Designing for Interaction” and it was centered in making the students understand how a successful interactive solution is independent of technology, a hard lesson for the newer generations of designers and engineers.
Design and Innovation Workshop, Pune, India This workshop is a one week concentration in a University in India designed to immerse Indian students in the different creative processes that take place at the Media Lab. I was one of 3 instructors in the “Media Recrafted” track which aimed at helping students re-think their relation with different media in order to create new proposals for future interactions.
2006 - 2007
RISD. Providence, RI Set up and taught twice a week computer workshops to a “walk-in” class. Rhino, Photoshop and 3D Studio Max.
Alphabetization. Bogotá, Colombia I set up a program where I taught primary level orphans with no income. It then evolved in to a citywide program where I coached middle and high school students on teaching. Hence reaching more orphans.

Personal Interests

I have a passion for the process of creation with a big bias towards hands on fabrication. I have studied and am confident in different “old school” traits as ceramics, glass blowing, blacksmithing, carpentry, film photography, knitting, mixology and sailing.