Juan Cristobal Zagal, who leads the Fab Lab at University of Chile, is investigating various topics in robotics, rapid prototyping and 3D printing. His research has been featured in Scientific American and recognized with international prizes, such as the RoboCup Engineering Challenge Award. Quadratot, a robot designed by himself, is the leading player on a Morgan Freeman TV show at the Science Channel. He is the designer of BeamMaker, a new Open Source photopolymer-based 3D printer.

He has served as a reviewer for over a dozen academic journals including IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, IEEE Transactions on SMC and the Rapid Prototyping Journal. He has served as a consultant on Digital Fabrication/3D Printing for the World Bank and the UN Economic Commission ECLAC. He has been invited for review panels on Fondecyt, Fondef, Conicyt, Innova-Corfo funding agencies in Chile and the ANII in Uruguay.

He works as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Chile. Before he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Creative Machines Laboratory, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. He received his M.Sc. degree in Scientific Computing from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, in 2002 and his PE (EE) and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Automation from University of Chile in 2000 and 2007, respectively.