Alberto Rodriguez will join the MIT faculty in July 2014 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Alberto graduated in Mathematics and Telecommunication Engineering, with honors, from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona. He earned a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University under the supervision of Professor Matthew T. Mason. His thesis was entitled "Shape for Contact.” He is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT. Alberto is the recipient of La Caixa and Caja Madrid Fellowships for graduate studies in the U.S., and the recipient of Best Student Paper Awards from conferences RSS 2011 and ICRA 2013. His main research interests are in robotic manipulation, mechanical design, and automation. His long-term research goal is to provide robots with enough sensing, reasoning and acting capabilities to reliably manipulate the environment.