Inventor and entrepreneur
As a child, Carl Dietrich watched his father build model airplanes. Today, he has built a flying car, The Transition® Roadable Aircraft, and a company to manufacture it, called Terrafugia.
Dietrich, who earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, co-founded Terrafugia with his wife, Anna Dietrich, to provide pilots the convenience of a dual-purpose vehicle: When pilots wish to drive, its wings fold in, and the craft can be driven on any surface road. Once at the airport, when they wish to fly, its wings extend, and the craft is ready for take-off.
Dietrich earned the selective Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for innovation in 2006, and was named one of Boston Business Journal's “40 Under 40” in 2009.