Matt Mason started as a freshman at MIT in 1970, and worked in or around Project Mac from about 1974, with Gerry Sussman, Berthold Horn, and Tomas Lozano-Perez. After finishing his PhD in the Artificial Intelligence Lab in 1982, he moved to Carnegie Mellon University, where he is presently Professor of Robotics and Computer Science, and Director of the Robotics Institute. He is a Fellow of the AAAI, and a Fellow of the IEEE. He is a winner of the System Development Foundation Prize and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society's Pioneer Award. His research focuses on autonomous robotic manipulation, including force control, robot learning, and most recently re-orienting objects using very simple hands.