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The other big wedding of the summer

Posted by Scott Kirsner  August 4, 2010 08:30 AM

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AngleEbbel.pngNow that the Clinton nuptials are behind us, we can turn our attention to the wedding that really matters to the Innovation Economy crowd in Boston: that of iRobot CEO Colin Angle to Erika Ebbel. It takes place August 20th at the Kona Village resort on Hawaii's Big Island. I'll be hovering overhead in one the Globe's many helicopters, trying to see if any Roombas roll down the aisle ahead of the bride and groom, or if they've engaged a Packbot to shoot the wedding video.

Angle co-founded iRobot in 1990, not long after earning his master's degree at MIT's Artificial Intelligence Lab, and he had a bit part playing an MIT professor in the 2008 movie "21," about the MIT blackjack team.

Ebbel is also an MIT alum, currently pursuing her PhD in analytical biochemistry at Boston University. Just after graduating from MIT, she was crowned Miss Massachusetts (the first MIT grad to win that crown), and later competed in the Miss America pageant. She is also the founder of the WhizKids Foundation, which dispatches actual scientists to elementary, middle and high schools to get kids interested science by working on fun projects.

Here's Ebbel in a video produced for the PBS Web series "The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers." She talks about mass spectrometers, learning how to wave in a beauty pageant, and her desire to contribute to a cure of Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.

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