Anthony Rotolo is a leading expert on emerging technologies and a professor at Syracuse University where he teaches courses in the top-ranked School of Information Studies and S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Rotolo is also the founder and "Captain" of the Starship NEXIS, a research lab that explores the latest trends in technology, including social networking, 3D Printing, open-source hardware and the Internet of Things.
Rotolo’s signature course, known by the hashtag #RotoloClass, has been called a “Twitter legend” for its unique use of real-time social media in the classroom. Rotolo himself has been dubbed the “Rocket Man” and the “The Star Trek Professor” for his "Trek Class", which examines the films and television series of Star Trek, including their relevance to today’s issues of science, technology and culture. TrekClass has been featured by CBS on StarTrek.com as a regular series of articles written by Professor Rotolo and his students.
In 2012, Rotolo taught #ElectionClass, which he created to examine Social Media and the American Election as it unfolded in real time. In addition to an up-to-the-minute examination of the electoral process and media coverage, the course featured an election of its own. Student candidates waged their own campaigns for the Presidency in an unforgettable class experience. #ElectionClass was featured by the Today Show and other media.
Rotolo is President of Wonder Machines, Inc., which builds products and services based on 3D Printing and additive manufacturing technologies. He is also co-author of The Book on 3D Printing, an easy-to-understand guide to 3D Printing for everyone.
Professor Rotolo is also a well known public speaker. He has given a number of invited lectures, including recent talks at the United States Senate, NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival and the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas.