Monthly Archives: June 2015

June 30, 2015


Gill Modernizes Textile Sourcing For Fashion Industry

Sundar, a global mobile search engine startup for sourcing materials and suppliers founded by banker-turned-entrepreneur Jag Gill, is part of a growing community leveraging technology to modernize business-to-business responsibilities within the international fashion industry. Sundar’s mission is to streamline the antiquated pen-to-paper materials purchasing process for designers and manufacturers by bringing it into the 21st century. This revolutionary company has developed digital tools involving curated, real-time data on its platform to create commerce opportunities between qualified vendors and buyers, saving them time, money, and the hassle of traveling to trade fairs.

Founded in 2014, Sundar was first incubated at TechStars Boston, and before that at MIT. The team has won industry accolades, including awards from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), Condé Nast, and Decoded Fashion. Sundar is currently participating in New York Fashion Tech Lab 2015, a collaboration between the Partnership Fund for New York, Springboard Enterprises, and leading U.S. apparel & accessory brands and retailers. Prior to launching Sundar, MIT Sloan School of Management-grad Gill was a banker and advisor for several years to top business owners and companies in India. She was Vice President at Deutsche Bank’s Private Wealth Management Division and Associate Director at USB’s Wealth Management Global South Asia. Learn how Sundar works in the full article at Forbes. Photo by Jared Tarbell

June 30, 2015


A First-Timer on the Job Market?

I’m going on the academic job market for the first time starting this coming fall. What should I expect? 

That depends a lot on your field and your subfield, as well as on your own qualifications. But there are certain common features that hold true across the tenure-track market, which tends to be highly competitive in many disciplines and sub-disciplines, though far worse in some than in others. At any rate, let me try to enumerate some of the many things that you can expect as a first-timer on the faculty market:

You can expect the competition to be fierce. In many fields you may find very, very few tenure-track openings for which you can apply. In certain humanities fields, the number of positions advertised over the course of the entire job cycle in 2015-16 may be in the single digits.

You can expect to receive little or no acknowledgment of your applications from departments. You may well never be told that you have been removed from consideration.
You can expect to depend on the Jobs Wiki for information on the progress of searches. You can expect to be Googled, once you make the long shortlist…

Continue reading this entry of The Professor Is In at Vitae

June 29, 2015


Machingaidze awarded MasterCard Foundation Fellowship

Three Zimbabweans raised the country’s flag high at Massachusetts Institute of Technology  when they graduated in different courses with flying colors. A grad student amongst them, David Takura Machingaidze, graduated with a distinction in the Masters in Business Administration (Innovation and Global Leadership) degree. Machingaidze becomes the third Zimbabwean to graduate from the Sloan Fellows Program to date after Jonathan Hayes and Komborero Shoko (at Saudi Aramco). Read the full article on Photo by Harvey Barrison

June 29, 2015


Submit your questions to Dear Kate!

Dear Kate, the Graduate Women At MIT Mentoring advice blog, is looking for more questions to answer! Each month, the GWAMIT mentors answer questions anonymously posted by students. The latest Dear Kate post is on the blog, where previous questions and answers can also be found. Please submit your questions for next month’s edition herePhoto by Abhishek Shirali

June 26, 2015


Bailey: 1st female Apple executive to appear onstage at WWDC

Jennifer Bailey presented updates to Apple’s payment system at its developers conference Monday, becoming the company’s first female executive ever to grace the stage at the conference. Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, received her business degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. She joined Apple in 2003, spending 11 years leading the company’s global online stores before turning her attention to Apple Pay last year.

Bailey’s appearance on the historically all-male stage of the annual conference was a big deal for the company, in part because it marked a shift in the lineup of Apple executives unveiling new Apple products, and in part because of CEO Tim Cook’s pro-diversity comments ahead of Monday’s event. “It’s the future of our company,” Cook told Mashable during a dinner for its scholarship recipients on Sunday. Read the entire article at Fortune.

June 26, 2015


Outreach outing to the CASPAR Homeless Shelter Jun. 28

Join your fellow grad students in cooking for our neighbors at the CASPAR homeless shelter this June 28th from 2-6 pm at 240 Albany St, Cambridge. We will make a full dinner from scratch and serve 70-90 patrons & staff of the shelter. Volunteers will be invited to dine at the end of the event. This event is funded by the GSC/PSC Service Fund.
Priority will be given to graduate students, however all MIT affiliates and their significant others will be considered. Sign up here! Contact for questions. Photo by Rob Nguyen

June 25, 2015


Guttag produces material with controllable surface textures

An MIT team has developed a way of making soft materials, using a 3-D printer, with surface textures that can then be modified at will to be perfectly smooth, or ridged or bumpy, or even to have complex patterns that could be used to guide fluids.

The process, developed using detailed computer simulations, involves a material that is composed of two different polymers with different degrees of stiffness: More rigid particles are embedded within a matrix of a more flexible polymer. When squeezed, the material’s surface changes from smooth to a pattern determined by the spacing and shapes of the implanted harder particles; when released, it reverts back to the original form.

The findings, which the researchers say could lead to a new class of materials with dynamically controllable and reversible surface properties, are reported in a paper in the journal Advanced Functional Materials co-authored by MIT graduate student Mark Guttag and Mary Boyce, a former MIT professor of mechanical engineering who is now dean of engineering at Columbia University. Read the full article at MIT News

June 25, 2015


How to Tailor Your Online Image

What should I do about social media and an Internet presence, while I’m on the job market?

You should have a curated Internet presence for the job market. The fact is, you will be Googled. That is not usually because search committees are trying to dig up dirt on you, or derail your candidacy. Rather, they just want to know more about you, and get a sense of your intellectual communities, of where and how you are active, and of your “style” of communication (lively, reserved, direct, blunt, tactful, supportive, combative, and so on).

So be aware that your Internet footprint will be examined. And be proactive in getting out in front of it, so that you know — and control, to the extent you can — what viewers will see. First off, search for your name (on a variety of different search engines, perhaps using several different search strings attached to your name). Then take steps to deal with what you find. Read the full article on Vitae to find out more. Photo by State Library and Archives of Florida

June 25, 2015


Sidney Pacific Summer Dance Party Jun. 26

Dance the night away at the Sidney Pacific summer dance party! Bust some moves while enjoying great music and great company this Friday, June 26th from 9pm – 1am at the Sidney Pacific Courtyard. Refreshments will be served (21+ with ID required for alcohol). Contact with any questions. Photo by Alex Naanou

June 24, 2015


Sung develops centimeter-long origami robot

At the recent International Conference on Robotics and Automation, MIT researchers presented a printable origami robot that folds itself up from a flat sheet of plastic when heated and measures about a centimeter from front to back. Weighing only a third of a gram, the robot can swim, climb an incline, traverse rough terrain, and carry a load twice its weight. Other than the self-folding plastic sheet, the robot’s only component is a permanent magnet affixed to its back. Its motions are controlled by external magnetic fields.

“The entire walking motion is embedded into the mechanics of the robot body,” says Cynthia R. Sung, an MIT graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science and one of the robot’s co-developers. “In previous [origami] robots, they had to design electronics and motors to actuate the body itself.” Read the full article at MIT News.

June 24, 2015


Be a MiTRI Scholars Mentor! Start Jun. 28

GSC Activities in collaboration with MIT TRI is proud to launch a new mentorship program called MiTRI Scholars! Come serve as a Mentor to Inner City Boston High School Students in both an academic and athletic setting. The program will take place Sundays, June 28th to August 23rd, over the summer from 2-4 pm on MIT’s campus. Please contact to get involved! Meet some great high school students and volunteer alongside other graduate students and MIT TRI team members. Photo from Singapore Sports Council

June 24, 2015


FREE FUN FRIDAYS @ MIT Museum! Jun. 26th

Visitors are welcome to enjoy an activity-filled day, sponsored by the Highland Foundation. Held across many venues throughout the summer, Free Fun Fridays (June 26th 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) helps students stay engaged with art, culture, and science. The MIT Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting materials that serve as a resource for the study and interpretation of the intellectual, educational, and social history of MIT and its role in the development of modern science and technology. Come and enjoy the dynamic set of exhibitions! Photo of Ferrofluid, Felice Frankel (MIT Museum)

June 23, 2015

MRI Conflict Resolution

Landau-Wells: MRIs for a More Peaceful World

An MRI scanner is an unusual tool for resolving war and conflict, but an MIT collaboration now underway is deploying MRIs as an instrument for peace. The goal of the collaboration—among the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab; the Department of Political Science; and Beyond Conflict, an international nongovernmental organization dedicated to global challenges to peace and reconciliation—is to use knowledge of neuroscience to develop innovative, more effective conflict-resolution strategies. Already the groups are putting into practice what they are learning in instances of extreme prejudice against Roma populations in Hungary, and between Israelis and Palestinians. Marika Landau-Wells, a PhD student in political science and in MIT’s Comparative Politics and Security Studies Program that focuses on war and conflict, is helping to bridge conflict resolution, neuroscience, and political science. Read the full article on this research at MIT Spectrum. Photo: Len Rubenstein

June 23, 2015


The Personal Touch: Using Anecdotes to Hook a Reader

Interested in writing op-eds or short essays for places like Slate, the Huffington Post, or The Wall Street Journal. You may already have a terrific idea and a topical subject. Because of your credentials and research, you’re probably the perfect person to write it. The only trouble: Op-eds and short essays are likely to get turned down in today’s saturated market. Competition is fierce and a lot of professional writers are your direct rivals for space.

One of the biggest reasons that an editor will pass on a scholar’s submission is – and prepare yourself for some tough love here – it’s more than a little boring. The writing is too dull, too dry, too navel-gazing, too “academic,” or it’s all four of those things put together. In other words, it’s not for a general audience. Editors can usually tell if they’ll accept your piece after reading your lede alone. It’s that important.

So if you have a timely topic for an 800-to-1,200 word nonacademic piece, and you want to grab an editor’s attention, the first thing you should be thinking about is the “hook” for your “lede”. To learn more read the full article from Vitae. Photo by Ciaran Dunsdon

June 23, 2015


S&P Featured on Crowdfund MIT this June

On a Thursday afternoon, in room 441 on the forth floor of building E23, three spouses, Irena Stojkov, Marija Simidjievska, and Barbara Lipohar Staples, along with Senior Program Manager Jennifer Recklet Tassi, sat with Thom Dunn from MIT Annual Fund in front of a video camera. They were shooting a video clip for the Crowdfund MIT website, a pilot crowdfunding platform similar to Kickstarter, to garner funding for MIT spouses&partners’ Career Connect program. Irena, Marija, and Barbara, all from Europe, are active participants in S&P, especially Career Connect. They wanted to learn the etiquette of approaching the US job market. Resuming career or engaging in personal growth is a major pursuit among the spouses and partners at MIT.

June 22, 2015

Fast Nanofiber Production

Ponce de Leon prototype boosts nanofiber production fourfold

The standard technique for manufacturing nanofibers is called electrospinning, and it comes in two varieties. In the first, a polymer solution is pumped through a small nozzle, and then a strong electric field stretches it out.  The process is slow, however, and the number of nozzles per unit area is limited by the size of the pump hydraulics. The other approach is to apply a voltage between a rotating drum covered by metal cones and a collector electrode. The cones are dipped in a polymer solution, and the electric field causes the solution to travel to the top of the cones, where it’s emitted toward the electrode as a fiber. That approach is erratic, however, and produces fibers of uneven lengths; it also requires voltages as high as 100,000 volts.

Velásquez-García and his co-authors — Philip Ponce de Leon, a former master’s student in mechanical engineering; Frances Hill, a former postdoc in Velásquez-García’s group who’s now at KLA-Tencor; and Eric Heubel, a current postdoc — adapt the second approach, but on a much smaller scale, using techniques common in the manufacture of microelectromechanical systems to produce dense arrays of tiny emitters. The emitters’ small size reduces the voltage necessary to drive them and allows more of them to be packed together, increasing production rate. Read the full article at MIT NEWS.

June 22, 2015


MIT-ETH: Conversations and Reception Jun. 25

The MIT Alumni Association, in partnership with Swissnex, is excited to bring together two of the world’s leading researchers in synthetic biology on Thursday June 25th, 6pm at the Koch Institute Auditorium. Professors Ron Weiss SM ’94, PhD ’01 (MIT) and Yaakov (Kobi) Benenson (ETH Zurich) will share their latest research in enabling sophisticated synthetic gene circuits in human cells. Contact: for questions. Click for more info and to register before June 24. Photo by amattox mattox

June 22, 2015


Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is now free for all MIT!

 MIT students, faculty, and staff are now all a part of the Institutional Membership at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum that is underwritten by the Council for the Arts at MIT.  All you need to do is show your valid MIT ID card to receive free admission. If you want to bring your spouse or a friend, or if you are an alumnus, MITAC sells discounted passes for the museum:

The Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT) was founded in 1972 by president Jerome B. Wiesner, and is an international volunteer group of alumni and friends established to support the arts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With its enthusiastic advocacy for all the arts at MIT, the Council’s mission is to act as a catalyst for the development of a broadly based, highly participatory program in the arts, firmly founded on teaching, practice, and research at the Institute, and to conduct arts-related fundraising activities on behalf of MIT. The Council’s programs are funded entirely by the annual contributions of its members. Photo by Smart Destinations

June 19, 2015

Nile Debate

Strzepek: Inside the MIT-led Effort to Resolve an International Water Debate

For millennia, Egypt has relied on the Nile River for its agriculture. So Egyptians were understandably upset in 2011 when their upstream neighbor, Ethiopia, announced plans to build a hydroelectric dam that threatened to reduce the flow out of the spigot: the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), sited along a major tributary that contributes most of the water flowing into the Nile. Two years ago, then prime minister Mohammed Morsi even threatened to go to war.

In an effort to break the stalemate, Kenneth Strzepek ’75, SM ’77, PhD ’80 led a nonpartisan panel of 17 experts convened last November through MIT’s new Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS) to investigate the issue and forge a common solution. MIT Spectrum spoke this spring with the alumnus—who is currently a research scientist with the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and the MIT Center for Global Change Science—about the “great moral dilemma” at the heart of the conflict, and the value of objective advice. Read the full article at MIT Spectrum

June 19, 2015


Indian Games Day Jun. 21

The winter has had a good and super-long inning this year and summer is finally in! Sangam, The Association of Indian Students at MIT, invites you to celebrate the opening of the season with a cricket tournament. It will be held this Sunday June 21, 4 PM at MIT North Court. We will also have other traditional games like Lagori and Kho-Kho. Delicious snacks will make sure you never run out of energy! Contact: Photo by Dhammika Heenpella

June 19, 2015


CAST and ROCSA Dragon Boat Festival Parties Jun. 20

Organizations across MIT will be celebrating the 2015 Dragon Boat Festival this SAT June 20th. The Dragon Boat Festival, also often known as the Tuen Ng or Duanwu Festival, is a traditional and statutory holiday originating in China.

Join the Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) Dragon Boat Festival Party from 6pm-10pm at W20-208, where Chinese traditions of the Dragon Boat Festival will be introduced to all the attendees. Participants will be taught to make Zongzi – a traditional dessert in dragon boat festival – and can partake in different Chinese cuisine. Contact: with questions.

The Republic of China Student Association (ROCSA) will be hosting the Dragon Boat Festival celebration at the Sid-Pac seminar room at 6:30pm. They will serve traditional rice dumplings and offer guests the opportunity to play traditional games!! $5 for ROCSA members; $10 for Non ROCSA members. Contact: with questions.

Photo by YourCalvert

June 19, 2015


Duanwu Festival Social and Game Night Jun. 20

Enjoy a social event based on the Duanwu Festival celebration this Saturday June 20th, 6-10pm at the Ashdown Hulsizer room. We will show some of the interesting traditions to the attendees of this festival. Food will be provided, especially rice dumplings. We will also introduce some traditional and modern Chinese games to the audience. Contact with any questions. Sponsored by GSC. Photo by P Bibler

June 18, 2015

Megan Smith Commencement

US Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith at 2015 Commencement

Boston Globe reporter Katherine Landergan writes that during MIT’s 2015 Commencement, U.S. CTO Megan Smith ’86, SM ’88 urged graduates to “be kind, be inclusive, be open.” Smith told MIT graduates that she is often asked why she left Silicon Valley for a job in government. It is important, the MIT alumna said, to “show up where we are more rare,” because that is where the biggest problems live. Smith, who serves as an assistant to President Obama, also told the graduates to work in teams and to respect others in the workplace. Read the full article on the Boston Globe. Photo: Joi Ito (MIT NEWS)

June 18, 2015


MIT PhD Career Planning Group: Apply by Jun. 26

Do you ever find yourself wondering:

  • “What do I really want out of my life, my PhD and future jobs?”
  • “What do I want out of a career?”
  • “How do I talk about my research to a non-technical audience?”
  • “How do I even go about networking and making external connections?

If you have answered YES to any of the above questions, you might be a good candidate for the Career Planning For PhDs program. In these four 2-hour group sessions during the month of July, we will cover essential career planning competencies such as self-assessment, communication, business etiquette and networking. Participants may gain awareness of what skills, interests and values you want to use in your work and expand your knowledge of relevant resources and tools that will hopefully help you when you are seeking full-time employment upon graduation. Read more

June 18, 2015


Mass Ave Monopoly Jun. 19

MIT PN2K invites you to our June bike event: The Mass Ave Monopoly this Friday, June 19​, 2015 2:00 – 6:00 PM* at the Student Center Plaza/Front Steps (W20). We will offer:

  • Free minor bike repairs/tune-ups courtesy of Bike Boom​, who will also have (student-priced) tires, tubes, cables, brake pads, locks, and chain oil
  • Bike pressure washing
  • Learn to change a flat tire station
  • Free food​, games, music​​
  • Cyclists’ rights emergency wallet-sized cards
  • $20 donations for PN2K bike helmets
  • $15 donations for Planet Bike lights

Volunteer with us here.

*Please note that we might have to close our bike-repair line early if our line exceeds capacity before 6:00 PM. Basic bike repair lines (e.g., oiling chain, pumping up flat tires), pressure washing, and games will remain open. Rain location will be outside the MIT Z-Center entrance under the Johnson Overhang. Details also can be found on our website.

June 17, 2015


Bylinskii and Gangloff research how to disappear friction

Friction is all around us, working against the motion of tires on pavement, the scrawl of a pen across paper, and even the flow of proteins through the bloodstream. Whenever two surfaces come in contact, there is friction, except in very special cases where friction essentially vanishes — a phenomenon, known as “superlubricity,” in which surfaces simply slide over each other without resistance.

Now physicists at MIT have developed an experimental technique to simulate friction at the nanoscale. Using their technique, the researchers are able to directly observe individual atoms at the interface of two surfaces and manipulate their arrangement, tuning the amount of friction between the surfaces. By changing the spacing of atoms on one surface, they observed a point at which friction disappears. Vladan Vuletic, the Lester Wolfe Professor of Physics at MIT along with graduate students Alexei Bylinskii and Dorian Gangloff, published their results in the journal Science. MIT News has the full article on their research.

June 17, 2015


Join the Canadian Faculty Lunch Jun. 22

Come join the Canadian Club for a social lunch with Canadian faculty members at MIT this Monday, June 22nd, 12:30-2:30pm! The lunch will provide an excellent opportunity to meet Professors Nicholas Roy and Krishna Rajagopal. Attendance is limited, so please fill out this poll with your name and email. Location TBD. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Council and Canadians Club. Contact with questions. Photo by ankakay

June 17, 2015

Climate Change Campus

Campus Climate Conversation findings

To the members of the MIT community:
I write to share the findings of the MIT Climate Change Conversation Committee. The Committee submitted this report on Friday to the four faculty members President Reif asked to serve as the “Conversation Leadership,” Provost Marty Schmidt, MITEI Director Bob Armstrong, Environmental Solutions Initiative Director Susan Solomon and me.
Reflecting 10 months of intense effort and extensive community engagement, these findings present an ambitious set of potential opportunities for action.

Read more

June 16, 2015


Fink & RLE find markets for research-derived tech

In 1997, Yoel Fink, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, invented something theorists had insisted was impossible: a “perfect mirror” that reflects many wavelengths of light from any angle with almost no energy loss.

New York Times article declared Fink’s breakthrough “may be the most significant advance in mirror technology since Narcissus became entranced by his image reflected on the surface of a still pool of water.” But the world saw little of what came next: a 10-year struggle to bring the perfect mirror to market as a laser microsurgery device, with Fink navigating a gantlet that included reluctant MIT administrators, starting a company, and finding money and a manufacturer to produce the exotic material.
After his company finally got off the ground — its laser scalpel has now treated over 100,000 patients — Fink returned to MIT to teach materials science and now runs the school’s elite Research Laboratory of Electronics, which explores everything from atomic physics to biomedical engineering. And now he’s used that position to launch a program for postdoctoral researchers­ that was directly based on his tortured experience of seeing his college research through to commercial development.

Dubbed the “Translational Fellows Program” and currently in its second year, Fink’s initiative essentially pays selected postdocs to spend one day each workweek pursuing the business potential of their research. Read the full article at BetaBostonPhoto by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

June 16, 2015


Setting Boundaries on Your Workload

It seems that, like death and taxes, we cannot escape increasing demands on our time in the workplace. Although some employers are starting to recognize the unsustainability of the “more, more, more” approach to work, it still falls mainly to each of us to manage an ever-growing workload. That can be particularly tricky in an environment where total devotion to work is seen as a prerequisite for success.

In fact, from a strictly practical standpoint, total devotion to your job may well lead to lower quality work, particularly if what you do involves creativity and problem-solving. Research now supports what many of us know to be true: Our best creative insights and breakthroughs often come when we are not at work. For instance, students who were given a task known to encourage mind-wandering performed better on a subsequent task requiring creative thought than students who were given no task or a task that demanded their entire attention. I suspect this is why my best ideas come to me when I’m out for a walk or a jog — I let my mind wander and it finds the solutions I need. See full article at Vitae. Photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard

June 16, 2015

GSC funds

Apply for 1st round of Summer/Fall cycle funding before Jun. 20

Student Group Leaders: The GSC is now accepting applications for the first round of the Summer/Fall cycle for the following funding opportunities.

Funding Board
GSC-PSC Joint Service Fund
Sustainability Fund
GSC Collaboration Award
Student Group Start Up Fund

The application deadline for all the applications is June 20th, 2015 at 11:59pm, and the funding cycle is for events occurring between July 1st and September 30th. Please note that late applications will not be accepted. Please submit any post-event reports that might be pending as soon as possible (see end of email for instructions). All applicants must adhere to the GSC Funding Board Guidelines. All applications can be found here. The rest of the applications are still under development, so please ignore the rest of the applications on this page. Read more

June 15, 2015

discover art app

Gonzalez and Andrew’s Artbot engineers the discovery of art

Is it possible to engineer the discovery of art? In 2013, two graduate students in MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) set out to answer that question, and today, thanks to their work as research assistants — there’s an app for that! Artbot, developed by Desi Gonzalez and Liam Andrew in the HyperStudio research group of Comparative Media Studies/Writing (CMS/W), is a mobile website app that mines both user preferences and event tags to provide serendipitous connections to the local art scene.

“We’re trying to make Boston one museum,” Gonzalez says. “We were really interested in unearthing hidden gems, things you didn’t realize you’d like. Hopefully, users will fall through the rabbit hole of connection.” Read the full article at MIT News.

June 15, 2015

Dispute Training

Participate as a Disputing Party in MIT Conflict Mgmt. Training Jun. 18 & 19

Interested in participating in MIT conflict management training as a disputing party? Learn conflict management skills via role play in short mediation simulations this June 18th and/or 19th (9-11am and/or 11-1245am) at the Stratton Student Center. Apply here today! Questions? Contact Photo by Benny Daon

June 15, 2015


SP Summer Celebration Ice Cream Coffee Hour Jun. 17

This Wednesday, June 17th, 9-10pm come to the SP Multipurpose Room to celebrate the start of summer with an Ice Cream Social, part of SidPac’s bi-weekly Coffee Hour. Enjoy coffee, tea, fresh fruits, homemade guacamole, charcuterie, and fancy cheeses.
Funded through SidPac & The GSC Funding Board. All graduate students are welcome! Contact with any questions. Photo by sea turtle

June 12, 2015


Kaver and Mendez-Escobar on World’s Most Exceptional MBAs List 2015

Poets&Quants just released its Class of 2015: The World’s Best & The Brightest MBAs list and MIT Sloan School of Management grad students Liat Kaver and Elena Mendez-Escobar were both included. To compile this list, Poets&Quants surveyed 60 of the top-ranked full-time global MBA programs to find those 2015 graduates who “exemplify the best of your school” as evidenced by academic prowess, leadership in extracurricular activities, personal excellence, and striking personal narratives. Selected by administrators, faculty and fellow classmates, more than 100 forthcoming graduates were nominated. Each nominee was asked to complete an extensive questionnaire. We asked MBA students when they knew they wanted to go to business school and what they would be doing if they hadn’t gotten an MBA. We asked who would they most want to thank for their success and what they most enjoyed about their MBA experience. Read their profiles and full article at Poets&Quants.

June 12, 2015

VPR Graduate Board

Join the VPR Graduate Student Advisory Board

Become a grad student member of the Violence Prevention and Response Graduate Advisory Board (VPR-GAB)! The commitment is a short 1 hour evening meeting every other week throughout the summer. The purpose will be to assist with VPR’s programming and outreach efforts to the grad community. Contact Amanda Hankins at MIT Medical ( for more information. Photo by Ted Eytan

June 12, 2015


GAME Field Day Jun. 13th

This Saturday, June 13, from 12-3pm the Graduate Association of Mechanical Engineers invites you to let out your inner child with GAME Field Day. Bring teams of 4-5 to the Briggs Field E to compete in a wide assortment of exciting games. Also, compete for the title of GAME Field Day Champions! Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Questions? Contact: Photo by Brandon Atkinson

June 11, 2015

Hugh Hampton Young Fellowship celebrates 50 years

Named for the pioneering medical researcher, the Hugh Hampton Young Fellowship is one of the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education’s (ODGE) most prestigious awards. A famed urologist, Young was not only an innovator in medical science, his curiosity and intellectual drive also stirred him in other endeavors such as civic enhancement, the arts, and the burgeoning field of aviation. Established in 1965 through an anonymous donor, roughly 150 students have benefited from this award over the last 50 years.

The committee has selected seven new recipients as the 2015-16 fellowship cohort: John Arroyo, Or Gadish, Steven Keating, Georgia Lagoudas, William Li, Mitali Thakor and Iris Zielski. They will join a legacy of exceptional individuals, and will hopefully go on to make positive impacts on society in the tradition of Young himself. (Accomplishments of former Hugh Hampton Young Fellowship recipients can be seen on the ODGE website.) Learn more about the new fellows are at MIT News.

June 11, 2015


MIT Museum hosts the MIT Glass Band Jun. 12

Part of the MIT Museum’s program Second Fridays, this June 12th at 5-8 p.m. the museum will host an evening of unique sounds with the MIT Glass Band. Meet the artists and learn more about the design and creation of their one-of-a-kind instruments during this fun, sonic experience. Also, hear from Cambridge Rindge and Latin student filmmakers who will share their creative, behind-the-scenes look at the MIT Glass Lab. CRLS documentary funded in part by the Cambridge Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

June 11, 2015

Shabbat Dinner

Graduate Hillel Shabbat Dinner Jun. 12

Want to enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner with an awesome community of MIT graduate students on Friday June 12th at 7:30pm? RSVP by sending an email to The gathering will be at the Sidney-Pacific Multipurpose Room
This event is sponsored by Hillel at MIT and the MIT GSC. Photo by Noel Hidalgo

June 10, 2015

Sleep Hat Larson

Larson develops new sleep hat technology

Sleep is almost as vital as food and water because it restores our bodies and minds and, in many ways, keeps us alive. Michael Larson MIT PhD ’92 never used to think about how vital sleep is until his daughter developed a sleep disorder as a high school senior. That problem turned their lives upside down. Larson found that the brain can be coaxed to slow its activity using audio tones called binaural beats, an auditory brainstem response caused by the interaction of two sounds that originate in opposite ears. The beat frequency would start out fast and would gradually decrease, causing the brain activity to do the same, to lead the brain into slower and deeper sleep states. The product that Larson developed is a sleep hat, named the Sleep Shepherd, which has thin speakers next to each ear and an EEG sensor to measure brain wave states. Read the full article at Slice of MIT.

June 10, 2015

Grad Orientation Needs You!

Be a part of the largest student run orientation in the nation! Graduate orientation welcomes new grad students and introduces them to MIT and the Boston/Cambridge area. Coordinators take the lead on each of orientation’s events – the boat cruise, presidential welcome, ​and ​the list goes on! Find more information about the events. Which events are you interested in coordinating? Let us know! Questions? Contact

June 9, 2015


Robin Chase on Workforce Magazine

You could say Robin Chase helped invent the sharing economy. Close to a decade before the arrival of Airbnb Inc. and Uber, Chase, MIT Sloan School of Management alumni, co-founded Zipcar Inc., the car-sharing service that lets people pay by the hour to rent a car. In the early days, the choices were limited to a Volkswagen Beetle, Golf or Passat. Today, there are many options.

Chase and a partner launched the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company in 2000, and she helped build the business for three years before leaving. Since then, she has helped start three other transportation-sharing ventures. As a result, she has been lauded as a design and sustainability innovator, and served on national and international transportation commissions and boards. In 2009, she landed on Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People. The online version of her 2012 TED Talk, “Excuse Me, May I Rent Your Car?” has more than 750,000 views. Read the full profile feature on

June 9, 2015

Dr A. Lopez Claro

Economic Dimensions of Gender Inequality, A Human Rights Perspective Jun. 11

Internationally renowned economist, Dr. Augusto Lopez-Claros, Director of Global Indicators Group at the World Bank Group, is coming to speak at MIT. He will share findings from the Women, Business and the Law 2014 report this June 11th, 7pm at the Maclaurin Building 4-231. It will be a fascinating presentation, with opportunity for Q&A at the end of the event. Contact for more info. Photo by Vic Voytek

June 8, 2015


Malina and Ashenfelter design new app to reduce food waste

Picture pallets of vegetables lingering in a grocery store’s back room. Turnover in the produce section is slow and there is no room on the shelves. The vegetables are still edible, but will most likely be sent to a landfill, according to MIT Sloan MBA students Emily Malina and Ricky Ashenfelter, both members of the class of 2015. But now there’s an app for that. Spoiler Alert, which was founded by Malina and Ashenfelter last year, will address food waste issues by helping organizations and companies manage their surplus food and organic waste by connecting them with organizations that can use them. Read the full article @ MIT Sloan Newsroom.

June 8, 2015

Phd Networking

Postdoc & PhD – Employer Networking Evening Jun. 10

Please join us for an evening to learn about Jobs and Opportunities for Postdocs & PhD’s outside of Academia on Wednesday June 10th 5:15pm – 7:30pm, in 34-101. Register now to hear what the following companies have to say about their industry and roles for Postdocs/PhD’s:

BCG – Management Consulting – MIT Alum
Novartis – Pharmaceutical
Wolf Greenfield – Legal – MIT Alum
Exponent – Engineering and Scientific Consulting
Sensata – Technology – MIT Former Postdoc
Nature – Science Publishing

Pizza will be served from 5:15-6:00pm, followed by company information presented in a panel format from 6:00-7:00pm, with the evening ending with casual networking with employers. Event sponsored by MIT GECD with support from the Vice President for Research Office and the MIT Postdoctoral Association. Photo by Chris Potter

June 5, 2015


Spotlight on Heldt and a model for the future of health

Thomas Heldt, core faculty at MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering & Science (IMES) and former MIT Hugh Hampton Young Fellow, believes in the power of patient data—the physiological measurements collected in intensive care units, operating rooms and emergency rooms—from medical devices logging hundreds of samples per second.

“What if we didn’t throw away all that data?” Heldt asks. He and his research colleagues at IMES analyze patient data in an effort to help clinicians deepen and personalize patient care, and potentially alert them to crises. “What if we could move away from a care paradigm that is reactive . . . to one that is predictive?” Yet the first hurdle, even in the age of big data, is harnessing the information.

“The infrastructure in the hospital was never set up to keep that data…. (Plus) devices from different vendors don’t really communicate. It’s very difficult to get data on a common time axis, so you can see what happened with that particular patient.” Partnerships with medical device manufacturers are extremely helpful. And when that doesn’t work, there is always “hacking,” Heldt says. Yet getting at the data is only the beginning. To move beyond hypotheses, Heldt’s group uses mathematical modeling and model-based data integration. Read the full article at IMES

June 5, 2015

UROP Mentoring

Facilitating Effective Research luncheon series for UROP mentors Jun. 10-11

UROP and the Teaching and Learning Laboratory are offering a two-day Facilitating Effective Research luncheon series for UROP mentors Wednesday, June 10 & Thursday, June 11, from 12 noon – 2pm each day. Lunch will be provided. The series is geared toward graduate students and post-docs, who are currently or soon plan to be mentoring undergraduate researchers, especially those new to mentoring and those planning to mentor students this summer/fall. The goal is to facilitate discussion about UROP mentoring best practices such as how to realistic expectations, manage expectations, and foster effective mentor-mentee communication among other topics. Ultimately, we hope these discussions foster more effective UROP research and advising relationships between undergraduates and their mentors. Interested attendees should RSVP ASAP. Attendance is limited and registrations are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Accepted attendees will receive registration confirmations with additional details including room #, etc. Photo by NASA APPEL

June 5, 2015

ESL Tutoring

Become a tutor for the MIT ESL Program

The MIT English as a Second Language Program for Service Employees is looking for volunteers to tutor night shift employees for 1 hr/wk or to serve as substitutes as needed.
No experience is required, just a good command of English and an interest in helping individuals whose first language is not English. The goals of the program are to build student’s confidence, to help them become more productive in their jobs, and to perhaps open up further opportunities for advancement. Tutoring takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 – midnight beginning Tues., June 16. Summer session runs through the week of July 27 (No classes July 7 & 9). This is an opportunity to make a real and positive difference. Please contact ESL administrators to sign up! Photo by Observatorio Ocupacional UMH

June 4, 2015

100K MIT Prize

Vadhavkar, Meyen, Obropta win 25th annual MIT $100K

Crop analytics drone company Raptor Maps took the $100,000 grand prize May 13 at the 25th annual MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition. The team of three MIT aerospace engineering graduate students (Nikhil Vadhavkar, Forrest Meyen and Eddie Obropta) developed an analytics platform that employs unmanned aircraft to pinpoint crop damage, target pesticide use, and increase yields. Read the full article about the competition and other winners at MIT Sloan.