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Robert (Rob) Martello

Associate Dean of Faculty
Professor of the History of Science and Technology

Dr. Robert Martello received his Ph.D. from MIT's Program in the History and Social Study of Science and Technology, following his completion of a Master of Science degree in civil and environmental engineering and Bachelor of Science degree in earth, atmospheric, and planetary science from MIT. Prior to joining the Olin College faculty in 2001 during Olin’s “partner” year, Dr. Martello lectured in MIT’s history of technology program and served as the Producer for the “Digital History” component of Inventing America, an American history textbook. Dr. Martello's Ph.D. dissertation and ensuing research use Paul Revere's many manufacturing and entrepreneurial endeavors to tell the story of America's transition from craft practices to industrial capitalism. He published his first book, Midnight Ride, Industrial Dawn: Paul Revere and the Growth of American Enterprise, in the fall of 2010, and is currently researching his next book project, a study of Benjamin Franklin’s innovative printing career and identity as an artisan. Dr. Martello frequently offers public history talks on the subjects of Paul Revere’s groundbreaking manufacturing career or Benjamin Franklin’s adventures as a printer, and enjoys collaborating with the Paul Revere Memorial Association on different educational initiatives. At Olin, Dr. Martello frequently co-chairs the Arts, Humanities, and Social Science committee and helps students cross disciplinary lines and apply their communication and contextual analysis skills to global challenges. He is the co-principal investigator on three National Science Foundation grants studying the integration of humanities and technical pedagogies, the development and deployment of lifelong learning skills, and the importance of intrinsic motivation. Dr. Martello has also delivered numerous talks and has facilitated many workshops for fellow educators interested in student motivation, interdisciplinary education, and project-based teaching.