Monthly Archives: December 2011

December 18, 2011


CEE PhD candidate Malek wins Marshall Sherfield Fellowship

Samar Malek, a PhD candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and former Program Assistant for the MIT Summer Research Program, has been named the 2012 Marshall Sherfield Fellow. Malek will conduct research on gridshell structures with the leading expert at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. The Fellowships, which are funded by the Marshall Sherfield Fellowship Foundation and administered by the Marshall Commission, enable an American scientist or engineer to undertake post-doctoral research for a period of one to two academic years at a British university or research institute. Malek is completing her doctoral dissertation under the supervision of professor John Ochsendorf in the Department of Architecture and CEE. Read MIT News article here; photo by Justin Knight. Congratulations!

December 15, 2011

Caroll Wilson

Apply for the Carroll L. Wilson Award 2012

Do you want to pursue exciting and challenging opportunities abroad? Apply now for a 2012 Carroll L. Wilson Award, which grants up to $7,000 to graduate students in any MIT department. Every year, about four to five students receive awards to explore important societal problems or opportunities with international dimensions. Ideally, the explorations will focus on ways to contribute to the alleviation of such problems or on ways to seize opportunities to contribute to the host countries or the world as a whole.  Contact Christie Chong, CLW Awards Administrator (MIT Entrepreneurship Center) with questions at The deadline is Monday, January 16th, 2012.  Find more information and application instructions. Photo of Carroll L. Wilson by Peter Stackpole.

December 15, 2011

Elizabeth Clay and Opportunity Nation

Elizabeth Clay Roy is the daughter of Phil Clay, former Chancellor of MIT, and an alum of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP).  She is currently doing great work as Deputy Director of Opportunity Nation, which is dedicated to increasing social mobility in America.  The summit was featured as the lead article in a recent Time magazine.

December 15, 2011


Cookies with Canines Study Breaks

Take a study break and de-stress with a dog.  Furry friends from Dog B.O.N.E.S., a non-profit therapy dog organization, will visit Hayden and Barker libraries during finals week on Thursday, December 15, from 2:00-3:30 PM at Hayden Library (14S) and Tuesday, December 20, from 2:00-3:30 PM at Barker Library (10-500).  Cookies and dog treats will be served outside the entrance to each library.  For more information contact Ellen Duranceau,, x3-8483.

December 12, 2011

Design Success

Alumna and Students Design Success

The early threads of Loom Décor, a digital home décor startup, were sewn at MIT Sloan and culminated in a top-place MarketLab project. Ashley Baker, MBA ’10, started plans for Loom Décor in MIT Sloan classes, such as The Nuts & Bolts of Business Plans (15.S21), and even met business partner Jessa McIntosh (the wife of Forgan McIntosh, MBA ’10) here. Their other business partner is Baker’s high school friend Nichole Ocepek. “I came to Sloan with the intention of starting my own business…and I chose MIT because it is a very entrepreneurial-spirited place,” Baker said. Loom Décor is a site where customers can design their own furnishings and virtually plan their rooms, without an interior designer’s hefty price tag… “Regular consumers can’t buy designer fabrics. They have to buy them through interior designers. As a young professional, I couldn’t afford that,” she said. Read the rest of the article on News@MITSloan.

December 7, 2011

ISO Holiday Open House

Come and take a break with the International Student Organization from 9am to 4pm, December 7th through December 23rd in 5-133.  Enjoy holiday treats, hot apple cider, and warm camaraderie made possible by the Kailath International Student Fund.