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Evolution through example and action

June 6, 2023

“May we breathe life into the values we espouse as a community,” enjoined Senior Associate Dean Blanche Staton at a recent reception to honor MIT Graduate Women of Excellence.  “May we bring our minds, hands, and hearts into our places and spaces, and may we continue to lift up our graduate women and all our […]

New MIT fellowship supports student research on governance innovation with Global South governments

June 5, 2023

This summer, five MIT graduate students will travel to Mexico, Brazil, Kenya, and Cape Verde as part of a new fellowship to explore how governance innovations are making governments more transparent and accountable to citizens in regions of the world that are underrepresented in global innovation and design research.    The students will be embedded within […]

How MIT’s fab labs scaled around the world

June 5, 2023

What do a student tinkerer in Bhutan, a design professional in Nairobi, and an artist in Brazil have in common? They’re part of a global community of makers benefiting from the fab lab network, which provides the space, equipment, and training to make (almost) anything. Today the fab lab network includes more than 2,500 centers […]

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu asks SA+P advanced degree recipients to be forces for good in Boston and beyond

June 2, 2023

Evoking the historic impact that the late urban planners and MIT faculty Tunney Lee and Mel King had on the city, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu challenged the 2023 graduates of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) to remember to put people first throughout their careers. “Everything you sketch, plan, shape, and build — the spaces […]

2023 MIT Commencement: Images from social media

June 2, 2023

The Class of 2023 had much to celebrate this week! We’ve compiled a snapshot of social media posts celebrating the new graduates, their families, their mentors, and others in the MIT community who helped make Commencement a success. MIT commencement speech tomorrow 😬. I’m not promising my graduation hat isn’t gonna fly away 400ft into […]

Academic Integrity: Understanding MIT’s Expectations of You

Academic Integrity: Understanding MIT’s Expectations of You

June 2, 2023

MIT has strong community values, expectations, and policies that govern all aspects of life here, including how you will complete your coursework and research – and you are expected to know them. What are MIT’s academic values and expectations? How can you learn them and avoid common pitfalls that have gotten other students in trouble […]

Mark Rober tells MIT graduates to throw themselves into the unknown

June 1, 2023

At today’s OneMIT Commencement ceremony, Mark Rober — engineer, inventor, and YouTuber — urged MIT’s graduating class to cultivate a sense of optimism and collaboration, and, in our uncertain world, to “pick what you think is the best path and just move forward.” A warm and sunny Killian Court served as the setting for a […]

President Sally Kornbluth’s charge to the Class of 2023

June 1, 2023

Below is the text of President Sally Kornbluth’s Commencement remarks, as prepared for delivery today. Anna, and A.J. ­– thank you both, for your remarks and for your leadership. There’s an old piece of wisdom from show business: Never follow an act with kids, or animals – or, as we’ve just seen…with Mark Rober! But since […]

MIT Corporation elects eight term members, two life members

June 1, 2023

The MIT Corporation — the Institute’s board of trustees — has elected eight full-term members, who will serve five- or three-year terms, and two life members. Corporation Chair Diane Greene SM ’78 announced the election results today; all positions are effective July 1. The nine full-term members are: Armen Avanessians ’81; Stephen D. Baker ’84, […]

Driven to driverless

May 31, 2023

When Cindy Heredia was choosing an MBA program, she knew she wanted to be at the forefront of the autonomous driving industry. While doing research, she discovered that MIT had a unique offering: a student-run driverless team. Heredia applied to MIT to join the team, hoping to get hands-on experience. “My hope is that we’re […]

He made linear algebra fun

May 31, 2023

The following series of numbers might help to summarize the MIT career of MathWorks Professor of Mathematics Gilbert “Gil” Strang ’55, who taught his last class on May 15. 3+2+61=66, or 75% of his life Strang has spent 66 of his 88 years at MIT — as a student, an instructor, and a faculty member. […]

Professor Emeritus Arnoldo Hax, who reprioritized corporate strategy, dies at 87

May 31, 2023

Arnoldo Hax, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Management Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management and an operations management expert who introduced a customer-centered approach to competitive strategy with his Delta Model, died April 20. He was 87. Hax joined MIT Sloan in 1973 as a member of the Operations Management group. An […]

CoCo: A real-time co-creative learning platform for young people

May 30, 2023

CoCo is a new co-creative learning platform that empowers educators to engage children and teens in an endless variety of collaborative creative computing experiences with peers — regardless of whether they are sitting next to one another in a classroom or connecting remotely across continents. The platform supports real-time collaboration across multiple types of interactive […]

Join the Grad Blog editorial team!

Join the Grad Blog editorial team!

May 26, 2023

The MIT Grad Blog serves as an avenue for MIT students to share their experiences with peers and prospective students. As an editor, you would help bloggers like you hone their story into a compelling post. We are looking for strong writers who can edit and collaborate on organizational work for the blog. You will typically spend […]

Join the Grad Blog editorial team!

May 26, 2023

Dear MIT grad students, We’re excited to announce that the MIT Grad Blog is searching for several new editors!  As you all know, the Grad Blog serves as an avenue for MIT students to share their experiences with peers and prospective students. As an editor, you would help bloggers like you hone their story into […]

Help select Committed to Caring profs!

Help select Committed to Caring profs!

May 26, 2023

Do you want to help select the next group of faculty honored as Committed to Caring? This program recognizes faculty members who have gone above and beyond to make a positive impact in the lives of graduate students. By joining the selection committee, you can help keep the process student-driven! Your commitment will be to […]

Nominate your caring prof by July 4th!

Nominate your caring prof by July 4th!

May 26, 2023

Do you know a faculty mentor who goes above and beyond to make an impact in the lives of graduate students? Nominate them as a Committed to Caring professor! This is a wonderful way to say thanks for help with professional development, creating a great work environment, or whatever else they do for you and […]

Celebrating the impact of IDSS

May 26, 2023

The “interdisciplinary approach” is something that has been lauded for decades for its ability to break down silos and create new integrated approaches to research. For Munther Dahleh, founding director of the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS), showing the community that data science and statistics can transcend individual disciplines and form a […]

Tackling the MIT campus’s top energy consumers, building by building

May 25, 2023

When staff in MIT’s Department of Facilities would visualize energy use and carbon-associated emissions by campus buildings, Building 46 always stood out — attributed to its energy intensity, which accounted for 8 percent of MIT’s total campus energy use. This high energy draw was not surprising, as the building is home of the Brain and […]

Kelsey Merrill ’22, MEng ’23 named to 2023 ALL IN Student Voting Honor Roll

May 25, 2023

Kelsey Merrill ’22, MEng ’23, a master’s of engineering student in electrical engineering and computer science, has been recognized by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge (ALL IN) for her outstanding efforts to advance nonpartisan democratic engagement at MIT. She joins 175 students nationwide named to the ALL IN Student Voting Honor Roll for promoting […]

Civil discourse project to launch at MIT

May 25, 2023

A new project on civil discourse aims to promote open and civil discussion of difficult topics on the MIT campus. The project, which will launch this fall, includes a speaker series and curricular activities in MIT’s Concourse program for first-year students. MIT philosophers Alex Byrne and Brad Skow from the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy […]

Escape the lab: Summer fun!

May 25, 2023

In Cambridge, summer is a season you just can’t beat. The sunshine is fierce, radiant, and clarifying. The heat is a welcome break from the chill, damp months of spring and winter. People bloom from the secret recesses of their homes and step out into the light, tentatively blinking, stretching, unfolding.  Yet somehow you find […]

MIT community members who work to eradicate sexual violence recognized at 2023 Change-Maker Awards

May 24, 2023

On April 24, MIT celebrated outstanding students and employees at the annual Change-Maker Awards for their diligent work to eradicate sexual misconduct and support survivors. These architects of positive change exemplify one of MIT’s core values: striving to make our community a more humane and welcoming place where all can thrive. Hosted by MIT Violence […]

Alvaro Sahagun receives the 2023 OGE Service Award at the RISE Awards

May 24, 2023

A collaborative effort of the Institute Community and Equity Office, Intercultural Engagement (i.e.), LBGTQ+ Services, Office of the First Year, Office of Graduate Education, Office of Minority Education, and Women and Gender Services — the RISE AWARDS celebrates MIT faculty, staff, and students on their work with diversity, inclusion, and social justice on and off […]

Understanding boiling to help the nuclear industry and space missions

May 24, 2023

To launch extended missions in space, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is borrowing a page from the nuclear engineering industry: It is trying to understand how boiling works. Planning for long-term missions has NASA researching ways of packing the least amount of cryogenic fuel possible for efficient liftoff. One potential solution is to […]

Six ways MIT is taking action on climate

May 22, 2023

From reuse and recycling to new carbon markets, events during Earth Month at MIT spanned an astonishing range of ideas and approaches to tackling the climate crisis. The MIT Climate Nucleus offered funding to departments and student organizations to develop programming that would showcase the countless initiatives underway to make a better world. Here are […]

First-of-its-kind Indigenous immersive incubator gathers on MIT campus

May 19, 2023

An historic delegation of 10 Indigenous artists and advisors recently gathered on MIT’s campus to share their work with each other and with the MIT community. The theme of the ISO Indigenous Incubator at MIT gathering was “Indigenous Knowledge and Immersive Technologies.” Led by the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO) of Canada and hosted by the […]

George Clark, professor emeritus and X-ray astronomy leader, dies at 94

May 19, 2023

MIT Professor Emeritus George Whipple Clark PhD ’52, an astrophysicist who was highly influential in X-ray and gamma-ray astronomy, died on April 6 in Boston. He was 94. Clark employed buckets, balloons, rockets, and satellites in his nearly lifelong pursuit to understand the nature and origins of cosmic rays, gamma rays, and X-rays. Clark discovered […]

3 Questions: Can disused croplands help mitigate climate change?

May 19, 2023

As the world struggles to meet internationally agreed targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, methods of removing carbon dioxide such as reforestation of cleared areas have become an increasingly important strategy. But little attention has been paid to the potential for abandoned or marginal croplands to be restored to natural vegetation as an additional carbon […]

Architectural heritage like you haven’t seen it before

May 19, 2023

The shrine of Khwaja Abu Nasr Parsa is a spectacular mosque in Balkh, Afghanistan. Also known as the “Green Mosque” due to the brilliant color of its tiled and painted dome, the intricately decorated building dates to the 16th century. If it were more accessible, the Green Mosque would attract many visitors. But Balkh is […]

Six MIT SHASS educators receive 2023 Levitan Teaching Awards

May 18, 2023

Six individuals have received the James A. and Ruth Levitan Teaching Award for 2023. The award, given annually by the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS), honors superlative teachers across the school, who have been nominated by MIT students. The 2023 winners are: Nicholas Ackert in the Department of Political Science, Nilma […]

Toward more flexible and rapid prototyping of electronic devices

May 18, 2023

Whether you are a new employee, a gymnast, or a bendy straw manufacturer, one trait is ideal across the board: flexibility. The same can now be said about prototyping electronic devices. While designers typically test out their designs on “breadboards,” or thin plastic boards that can hold together electronic components, they are often stiff and […]

Poetechnics: A podcast at the intersection of poetic and technical knowledge

May 18, 2023

If you’re searching for a podcast about the intersections between poetic and technical knowledge, look no further. Poetechnics is a new audio series from the MIT Literature Section produced by Lecturer Michael Lutz, whose scholarly interests include early modern British literature and culture; media studies, including digital media and videogames; philosophy and literature; and the […]

Is medicine ready for AI? Doctors, computer scientists, and policymakers are cautiously optimistic

May 17, 2023

The advent of generative artificial intelligence models like ChatGPT has prompted renewed calls for AI in health care, and its support base only appears to be broadening. The second annual MIT-MGB AI Cures Conference, hosted on April 24 by the Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health (Jameel Clinic), saw its attendance nearly […]

Paula Hammond wins faculty’s Killian Award for 2023-24

May 17, 2023

Paula Hammond, a leading innovator in nanotechnology and head of MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering, has been named the recipient of the 2023-2024 James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award. Hammond, an MIT Institute Professor, was honored for her work designing novel polymers and nanomaterials, which have extensive applications in fields including medicine and energy. […]

J-WAFS announces 2023 seed grant recipients

May 17, 2023

Today, the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS) announced its ninth round of seed grants to support innovative research projects at MIT. The grants are designed to fund research efforts that tackle challenges related to water and food for human use, with the ultimate goal of creating meaningful impact as the world […]