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3 Questions: What to expect from Covid-19 this fall

August 4, 2022

As MIT prepares for the fall — its fifth full semester since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic — the Institute is continuing to evolve from its initial stance of strong institutional responsibility for managing Covid to an approach rooted in individual responsibility. Throughout the pandemic, MIT has taken an “always be prepared to pivot” […]

3 Questions: John Durant on the new MIT Museum at Kendall Square

July 28, 2022

To the outside world, much of what goes on at MIT can seem mysterious. But the MIT Museum, whose new location is in the heart of Kendall Square, wants to change that. With a specially designed space by architects Höweler + Yoon, new exhibitions, and new public programs, this fall marks a reset for the […]

Emma Gibson: Optimizing health care logistics in Africa

July 28, 2022

Growing up in South Africa at the turn of the century, Emma Gibson saw the rise of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its devastating impact on her home country, where many people lacked life-saving health care. At the time, Gibson was too young to understand what a sexually transmitted infection was, but she knew that HIV […]

The hub of the local robotics industry

July 28, 2022

The MIT spinout Ori attracted a lot of attention when it unveiled its shapeshifting furniture prototypes in 2014. But after the founders left MIT, they faced a number of daunting challenges. Where would they find the space to build and demo their apartment-scale products? How would they get access to the machines and equipment necessary […]

devin michelle bunten

devin michelle bunten

July 27, 2022

devin michelle bunten is an Assistant Professor of Urban Economics and Housing within the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. She formerly acted as the department’s Edward H. and Joyce Linde Career Development Chair. Her research focuses on urban economic theory, including housing and social stratification as well as queer and trans housing […]

Community abounds as Sidney-Pacific Residence Hall celebrates 20 years

July 21, 2022

The largest graduate residence on MIT’s campus, Sidney-Pacific (Building NW86), also known as Sid-Pac, thrives on the community its residents have built over the past 20 years. Opened in 2002, the residence hall celebrated its 20th anniversary this year with a reunion featuring cookouts, games, and alumni events. Located in the northwest corner of campus, […]

A new twist on old-school animation

July 21, 2022

It’s another case of a class project that turned into a bit more than the typical assignment.  The story began last fall in the MIT course 6.810 (Engineering Interactive Technologies) taught by Stefanie Mueller, an associate professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The students, who were mostly undergraduates, were asked to […]

MIT can work for couples 

July 20, 2022

Do you believe that keeping up with a romantic relationship and completing a graduate degree abroad at a top university are incompatible? This is the story about how I was able to start a new stage of my career and initiate a new stage in my relationship at MIT. Hopefully, you will find this post […]

Fusion’s newest ambassador

July 19, 2022

When high school senior Tuba Balta emailed MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) Director Dennis Whyte in February, she was not certain she would get a response. As part of her final semester at BASIS Charter School, in Washington, she had been searching unsuccessfully for someone to sponsor an internship in fusion energy, a topic that […]

MIT Governance Lab hosts speaker series on governance innovation

July 18, 2022

Late this spring, the MIT Governance Lab (MIT GOV/LAB) hosted a pair of online conversations between public service leaders about governance innovation. Discussion topics included how governments can be motivated to innovate and what role design can play in reforming government and public services.  MIT GOV/LAB is an applied research group directed by Lily L. […]

Four researchers with MIT ties earn Schmidt Science Fellowships

July 18, 2022

Four researchers with MIT ties — Juncal Arbelaiz, Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao, Sandya Subramanian, and Heather Zlotnick ’17 — have been honored with competitive Schmidt Science Fellowships. Created in 2017, the fellows program aims to bring together the world’s brightest minds “to solve society’s toughest challenges.” The four MIT-affiliated researchers are among 29 Schmidt Science Fellows […]

Fabric + form = a mask that uniquely fits your face

July 18, 2022

Form-fitting clothing is not always governed by sartorial choice. The global pandemic, for example, has underscored the need for face masks that effectively seal around the nose and mouth. But faces and their features differ from one person to the next and can render one-size-fits-all face masks less effective. Well-fitting masks have proved to be […]

Donald “Bruce” Montgomery, influential electromagnet engineer, dies at 89

July 15, 2022

Donald “Bruce” Montgomery SM ’57, a highly influential engineer and longtime MIT researcher whose career was focused on the development of large-scale electromagnets, died on July 1. He was 89. Montgomery’s contributions have been pivotal for numerous major facilities in fusion energy, in the design of magnets for particle accelerators for physics and medical applications, […]

The evermore squares

July 14, 2022

During quarantine, and especially during the era of Zoom classes, I became re-obsessed with crochet. I noticed that crocheting while listening to Zoom lectures helped me stay focused on the speaker instead of getting distracted by emails or other work on my computer. Having something to do with my hands gave me an outlet for […]

MIT welcomes eight MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars for 2022-23

July 14, 2022

From space traffic to virus evolution, community journalism to hip-hop, this year’s cohort in the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Visiting Professors and Scholars Program will power an unprecedented range of intellectual pursuits during their time on the MIT campus.  “MIT is so fortunate to have this group of remarkable individuals join us,” says Institute […]

Orientation Slack community guidelines

July 14, 2022

Here are a few ways to practice respectful behavior in the 2023 Incoming Graduate Students Slack channels: This channel is meant for the exclusive use of the incoming graduate student class. It will be retired after one year. The Slack channel is intended for you to build community with your fellow incoming students. Note that […]

3 Questions: Teaching computational maker skills through gaming

July 14, 2022

The early stages of teaching maker skills, such as digital fabrication, typically involve simple exercises like laser cutting or 3D printing basic shapes and objects. In our hyperconnected, hyperstimulated world, this learning activity can feel a bit underwhelming — a sentiment that caused Dishita Turakhia, an MIT PhD student in electrical engineering and computer science […]

Heather Lefebvre

Heather Lefebvre

July 13, 2022

Monday: RemoteTuesday: 3-107Wednesday: 3-107Thursday: RemoteFriday: Remote I can help you with questions about graduate study at MIT, the graduate application process, graduate admissions policies, and the Special Student Program. In my spare time, I love to make candles and bake bread.

Your friendly neighborhood architect

July 13, 2022

Justin Brazier didn’t always know that his path in life would take him right back home. Brazier grew up with two brothers in a tight-knit family in Randolph, Massachusetts, two cities south of Boston. His parents, who are Haitian immigrants, had also grown up in the Boston area and met each other there. From a […]

The challenges and triumphs of the graduate experience

July 12, 2022

For many graduate students, the first time they enter MIT’s campus as a student is a momentous occasion. Standing among the pillars and domes for the first time as an MIT student elicited a moment of quiet reflection for recent graduate Hilary Johnson SM ’18, PhD ’22. “It was this moment of awe and kind […]

Where to find graduate admissions, family, and Orientation content

Where to find graduate admissions, family, and Orientation content

July 11, 2022

With its new redesign, the Office of Graduate Education (OGE) website now makes it simpler to search for the graduate admissions, graduate student families, and Graduate Student Orientation material that you need. The culmination of a years-long process, this redesigned site now includes the Graduate Admissions website, the Guide for Graduate Student Families, and the […]

Celebrating MIT Spouses & Partners Connect

July 11, 2022

As many of you know, MIT Spouses & Partners Connect — frequent partner with the OGE and friend to the OVC — is celebrating 50 years on campus! Since Dr. Charlotte Green Schwartz established the program within MIT Medical in 1972, MS&PC has held a pivotal role in helping relocating families make MIT feel more […]

MIT design for Mars propellant production trucks wins NASA competition

July 11, 2022

Using the latest technologies currently available, it takes over 25,000 tons of rocket hardware and propellant to land 50 tons of anything on the planet Mars. So, for NASA’s first crewed mission to Mars, it will be critical to learn how to harvest the red planet’s local resources in order to “live off the land” […]

Five with MIT ties win 2022 Hertz Foundation Fellowships

July 8, 2022

Five current graduate students and recent alumni have been awarded 2022 Hertz Fellowships in applied science, engineering, and mathematics. They are among 13 doctoral-level scholars chosen by the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation who demonstrate “deep, interconnecting knowledge and the extraordinary creativity to tackle problems that others can’t solve,” according to the foundation’s announcement. This […]

Summer 2022 recommended reading from MIT

July 8, 2022

It is summertime once again, which means that many of us will find ourselves with new opportunities to dive into books. The following titles represent a selection of offerings published in the past year from MIT faculty and staff. Links are provided to each book from its publisher, and the MIT Libraries has compiled a […]

Charting the landscape at MIT

July 6, 2022

Norman Magnuson’s MIT career — culminating in his role as manager of grounds services in the Department of Facilities for the past 20 years — started in 1974 with a summer job. Fresh out of high school and unsure of his next step, Magnuson’s father, Norman Sr., a housing manager at MIT, encouraged him to […]

3 Questions: Marking the 10th anniversary of the Higgs boson discovery

June 30, 2022

This July 4 marks 10 years since the discovery of the Higgs boson, the long-sought particle that imparts mass to all elementary particles. The elusive particle was the last missing piece in the Standard Model of particle physics, which is our most complete model of the universe. In early summer of 2012, signs of the […]

Kerry Emanuel: A climate scientist and meteorologist in the eye of the storm

June 29, 2022

Kerry Emanuel once joked that whenever he retired, he would start a “hurricane safari” so other people could experience what it’s like to fly into the eye of a hurricane. “All of a sudden, the turbulence stops, the sun comes out, bright sunshine, and it’s amazingly calm. And you’re in this grand stadium [of clouds […]

Exploring emerging topics in artificial intelligence policy

June 28, 2022

Members of the public sector, private sector, and academia convened for the second AI Policy Forum Symposium last month to explore critical directions and questions posed by artificial intelligence in our economies and societies. The virtual event, hosted by the AI Policy Forum (AIPF) — an undertaking by the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing to […]

MIT-WHOI Joint Program announces new leadership

June 27, 2022

After 13 years as director of the MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering, Ed Boyle, professor of ocean geochemistry in the MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), is stepping down at the end of June. Professor Mick Follows, who holds joint appointments in EAPS and […]

Making art through computation

June 26, 2022

Chelsi Cocking is an interdisciplinary artist who explores the human body with the help of computers. For her work, she develops sophisticated software to use as her artistic tools, including facial detection techniques, body tracking software, and machine learning algorithms. Cocking’s interest in the human body stems from her childhood training in modern dance. Growing […]

Mining social media data for social good

June 22, 2022

For Erin Walk, who has loved school since she was a little girl, pursuing a graduate degree always seemed like a given. As a mechanical engineering major at Harvard University with a minor in government, she figured that going to graduate school in engineering would be the next logical step. However, during her senior year, […]

2021: Georgia Van de Zande

June 17, 2022

“Gracious and level-headed,” Georgia teaches with “passion, precision, and joy.” Amidst the disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic, Georgia stepped in to help entirely redesign a hands-on course, core to the mechanical engineering curriculum. Per the course’s theme, “Home Alone, Together,” Georgia created an “engineering and artistic marvel” of a gameboard with challenges based on the […]

2020: Olivia Brode-Roger

June 17, 2022

Olivia Brode-Roger is a “student whisperer,” according to one faculty nominator. A stunning number of students clamor to agree, describing her as “the embodiment of everything that is right with MIT” as well as a “model of empathy, dedication, and sheer joy in teaching.” To recognize her remarkable skill with instruction, Olivia has been awarded […]

2019: Andrew Turner and Claire Kim

June 17, 2022

Physics; Anthropology and Science, Technology and Society Andrew Turner, a fifth-year PhD student in the Physics Department, was recently awarded the prestigious Goodwin Medal, which honors outstanding teaching by MIT graduate students. Turner has served as a teaching assistant in four classes, including both core and specialty undergraduate subjects. Nominators acknowledged Andrew’s masterful preparation for […]

2018: Or Gadish

June 17, 2022

“At every juncture, the students clamored for more Or,” one faculty nominator wrote of Or Gadish’s teaching work. “He was essential to every aspect of the course from designing and preparing the quizzes; coordinating logistics with guest speakers; and running the weekly post-class recitation and being a critical leader in our two-day animal laboratory… The […]