Science geek. DIY Guru. I blow things up on TV.
- HowStuffWorks – Self/Science Expert – Discovery channel (Jupiter Entertainment)
Four episodes; provided fiery demonstrations of earth’s tilt, alcohol preservation, the unique way gunpowder and distilled spirits ignite, and more.
- Punkin’ Chunkin’ – Host – Science channel (Sharp Entertainment)
Coverage of the annual pumpkin launching world championships in 2009. Highest rated show in Science channel history.
- Catch It Keep It – Host – “Engineer of Destruction” – Science channel (True Entertainment)
Engineering challenge pitting three builders against my machinations of destruction.
- Rock And Roll Acid Test – Host – “The Mastermind” – Fuse (Superfine Films)
Exploring the science of rock and roll.
–World Maker Faire 2014 — Doing Good with Drones and UAVs
– SXSW 2014 — Maker Culture and Digital Marketing
– SXSW 2013 — 3D Printing and the 3rd Industrial Revolution
- Chevrolet — Chevy Volt launch event, Chicago IL
- Craftsman — Host: Trebuchet build/launch project, Chicago, IL; MAKECation, Lake Arrowhead, CA; Blogger summit counselor
- ReadyMade — Presented at CaBoom design show, Los Angeles, CA
– Various workshops at music and cultural events around the US
Hollywood Hosting: Annie Roberts and Maureen Brown. Groundlings.
Building: Power tools, Hand tools, Engineering, Design, Welding, Fabrication, Plasma cutting, Electronics, Soldering, Robotics, RC Vehicles, Forklift, Truck driving, Carpentry
Destroying: Flame throwers, Thermite, Air cannons
Sports: Basketball, Surfing, Baseball, Bicycling, Skateboarding, Skiing, Soccer, Frisbee, Aerobics, Football, Jump rope, Softball, Archery, Hiking, Ping-pong, Bowling, Kayak, Shooting (pistol, rifle), Yoga, Motorcycle, Offroad/4×4
Music: Guitar, Bass, Drums, Singing
Other: Photography, Cooking, Pizza making
– Make: magazine: Executive Editor; Oversee generation of magazine; focus on 3D printing, drones, robots, and the Maker Movement.
– Wired magazine: Senior Editor; Features, articles, interviews, reviews, editorial events.
- Science and Engineering Instructor: Teacher for high-level 6th grade students, focusing on physics, science, and building principles, through the Center for Talented Youth (administered by Johns Hopkins University)
– ReadyMade magazine: Design, produce and market items for RM product line; Host DIY events; Write reviews
– DOIT: My reasonably popular DIY blog
– Sneakmove.com: Co-founder – Music label/website
BA, Spanish Literature: UCLA
MBA, International Business: Arizona State / Universidad de Carlos III (Madrid, Spain)
Bios and Headshots
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Mike Senese is the Executive Editor of Make: magazine, studying developments in 3D printing, drones, robotics, and everything else in the maker community. He is also a TV host who has starred in various engineering and science shows for Discovery Channel, including Punkin Chunkin, How Stuff Works, and Catch It Keep It. Mike has worked for magazines including Wired, Popular Science, ReadyMade, and Triathlete. An avid maker, he spends his spare time flying quadcopters, repairing surfboards, and attempting to cook the perfect pizza. He resides in the San Francisco region with his wife Sandra and young son Massimo.
Ever since his dad taught him how to use a power drill at age three, Mike Senese has never met a piece of machinery he wasn’t dying to take apart.
Graduating from remote control vehicles to robotics to reviving a 39-foot, 26 ton 1963 caboose, he immersed himself into the dynamic worlds of physics, electronics and mechanical engineering.
At 16, he spent his first summer abroad, promoting public health by constructing latrines in the Ecuadorian Andes. A few years later, he rebuilt his 1973 Land Rover bumper to bumper to explore the Arizona desert.
You’ve likely seen Mike starring in various engineering and science shows for Discovery Channel, including Punkin Chunkin, How Stuff Works, and Catch It Keep It. He also applied technical know-how to challenge the most extreme urban legends of rock music as the science host of Fuse TV’s Rock and Roll Acid Test.
Until Hollywood came calling, Mike had been working at Wired and ReadyMade magazines and piloting a paramedic helicopter in his spare time. He is currently the Executive Editor of Make: magazine.