Stephan Stansfield is a maker aspiring to build a safer, smarter, and happier world. Stephan currently works as a mechanical engineer at Jarvik Heart, Inc in New York City. He recently completed an engineering internship at Walt Disney World, in pursuit of his childhood dream of building animatronics, rides, and other cool entertainment technology. At the same time, he would like to make an impact outside of the walls of a theme park, and hopes someday to develop neural prostheses and other advanced robotic systems.

Current projects include building a Raspberry Pi-powered photobooth for his sister's wedding, as well as bringing a character from his 2015 Disney Imaginations entry to life as an emoting, self-balancing two-wheeled animatronic figure.

Stephan graduated Cum Laude from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in biomedical engineering. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience & Behavior from Wesleyan University, obtained through Wesleyan and Columbia’s dual-degree engineering program.

In addition to engineering, Stephan’s interests include performing improv comedy and making music. Stephan lives in New York City with his two imaginary children and cocker spaniel (sadly, also imaginary). You can reach him at