Joe Grand (aka Kingpin)
Computer engineer, hardware hacker, and founder
Grand Idea Studio
Joe Grand is a computer engineer, hardware hacker, and the founder of Grand Idea Studio (www.grandideastudio.com). He specializes in creating, exploring, manipulating, and teaching about electronic devices.
Also known as Kingpin, Joe was a member of the legendary hacker group L0pht Heavy Industries, where he helped raise awareness of the hacker ethos and the importance of independent security vulnerability research. He was a co-founder of @stake, an information security firm later acquired by Symantec, and Chumby Industries, which produced one of the first intentionally open and hackable consumer devices. Joe also brought engineering to the masses as a co-host of Discovery Channel’s Prototype This, which followed the real-life design process of a unique prototype every episode.
Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts and a Doctorate of Science in Technology (Honorary) degree from the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona.