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 […]

2017: Cauam Ferreira Cardoso

June 17, 2022

Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) Cauam is highly deserving of this award for helping to develop, introduce and teach courses that the DUSP has adopted part of its standard curriculum. He also helped to design online video learning tools, and gained strong and enthusiastic support from the many students whose intellectual and personal lives he touched. […]

2015: George Chen and Ramesh Sridharan

June 17, 2022

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science In a class called “Introduction to Inference,” George and Ramesh did a wonderful job of making things go smoothly. Throughout much of the semester, George and Ramesh suggested the majority of problem sets, prepared much of the recitation material, developed some very exciting projects, proofread the lecture notes, and interacted […]

2012: Adrian Chi-Yan Liu

June 17, 2022

Physics In ways that go well beyond his classroom teaching, Adrian Chi-Yan Liu inspires our undergraduates with his passion for physics and the clarity with which he communicates it. “He was always the correct amount of helpful,” wrote one nominator. “He would get you out of the tricky spots and help you to understand the […]

2011: Taylor Barton

June 17, 2022

Electrical engineering and computer science This year’s recipient is Taylor Barton, a graduate student in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science who has served four times as a Teaching Assistant and four times as a recitation instructor. Most impressively, this past semester, she independently developed and taught a new H-level class with a […]

2010: Zhe Lu and Yoda Patta

June 17, 2022

   Chemistry; materials science and engineering Zhe Lu is a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry who has served as a teaching assistant in Principles of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry I, and Advanced Organic Chemistry. One student describes him as “the most dedicated and helpful TA I have ever had, and one of the […]

2013: Joe Steinmeyer and Tony Tao

June 17, 2022

   Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Aeronautics and Astronautics Joe Steinmeyer places a high priority on making sure that each student he encounters has the best learning experience possible. A graduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Joe is highly regarded as an outstanding teacher by both his peers and his […]

Evan Leppink: Seeking a way to better stabilize the fusion environment

June 15, 2022

“Fusion energy was always one of those kind-of sci-fi technologies that you read about,” says nuclear science and engineering PhD candidate Evan Leppink. He’s recalling the time before fusion became a part of his daily hands-on experience at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center, where he is studying a unique way to drive current in […]

Center for International Studies honors Robert Wilhelm

June 14, 2022

The Center for International Studies (CIS) has long been valued as one of the world’s premier, university-based global research and education centers. A hallmark of the center’s many programs is the opportunity for academics and practitioners to work together on policy-relevant problems. The Robert E. Wilhelm Fellows Program is among the center’s most prestigious fellowships […]

Helping renewable energy projects succeed in local communities

June 12, 2022

Jungwoo Chun makes surprising discoveries about sustainability initiatives by zooming in on local communities. His discoveries lie in understanding how renewable energy infrastructure develops at a local level. With so many stakeholders in a community — citizens, government officials, businesses, and other organizations — the development process gets complicated very quickly. Chun works to unpack […]

An astrophysicist in a biomedical universe

June 10, 2022

For many of us, the pandemic sparked pivotal changes. And Magdelena S. Allen was no exception. Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Allen wanted to learn about everything. She loved stargazing and the physical sciences, but she was also interested in law and writing. Her parents, who homeschooled her and her sister until high school, were […]

Moving & life in Cambridge

June 9, 2022

2024 incoming graduate students: While this page provides helpful information on setting up your access to an MIT Kerberos email account to access Canvas, your primary source of Orientation material should be the Canvas module “2024 Grad Student Orientation” (coming early May 2024). This website has indexed that material for easy reference.

Setting up & preparing for campus life

June 9, 2022

2024 incoming graduate students: While this page provides helpful information on setting up your access to an MIT Kerberos email account to access Canvas, your primary source of Orientation material should be the Canvas module “2024 Grad Student Orientation” (coming early May 2024). This website has indexed that material for easy reference.

Student-powered machine learning

June 9, 2022

From their early days at MIT, and even before, Emma Liu ’22, MNG ’22, Yo-whan “John” Kim ’22, MNG ’22, and Clemente Ocejo ’21, MNG ’22 knew they wanted to perform computational research and explore artificial intelligence and machine learning. “Since high school, I’ve been into deep learning and was involved in projects,” says Kim, […]

American Astronomical Society honors seven MIT affiliates with 2022 awards, prizes

June 8, 2022

Seven MIT community members have been honored with 2022 American Astronomical Society (AAS) prizes and awards.  Those awarded include two assistant professors of physics, Erin Kara and Kiyoshi Masui, as well as alumni Camille Carlisle SM ’10, Charles Keith Gendreau PhD ’95, Laura Lopez ’04, Richard Mushotzky ’68, and Donald York ’66. Newton Lacy Pierce Prize […]

QS ranks MIT the world’s No. 1 university for 2022-23

June 8, 2022

MIT has again been named the world’s top university by the QS World University Rankings, which were announced today. This is the 11th year in a row MIT has received this distinction. The full 2022 edition of the rankings — published by Quacquarelli Symonds, an organization specializing in education and study abroad — can be […]

MIT unveils new Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel

June 8, 2022

When Mark Drela first set foot in Cambridge to study aerospace engineering at MIT in 1978, he was no stranger to wind tunnels. Just two years before, he constructed a 1-foot-by-1-foot wind tunnel for the Westinghouse Science Talent Search that earned him a visit to the White House as a finalist. But nothing could have […]

Students imagine better products, services, and infrastructure for an aging society

June 6, 2022

A pop-up hearing aid exposition called HearWeAre. A travel agency that matches older and younger travelers for group adventures. An app that guides outgoing hospital patients through every step of the discharge process. These are a few of the projects presented by students on the final day in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and […]

MIT Corporation elects nine term members, three life members

June 6, 2022

The MIT Corporation — the Institute’s board of trustees — has elected nine full-term members, who will each serve for five years; and three life members. Corporation Chair Diane Greene SM ’78 announced the election results; all positions are effective July 1. The nine full-term members are: Noubar Afeyan PhD ’87; Rafael del Pino SM […]

Making data visualization more accessible for blind and low-vision individuals

June 2, 2022

Data visualizations on the web are largely inaccessible for blind and low-vision individuals who use screen readers, an assistive technology that reads on-screen elements as text-to-speech. This excludes millions of people from the opportunity to probe and interpret insights that are often presented through charts, such as election results, health statistics, and economic indicators.  When […]

Timeline, recordings & resources

June 1, 2022

Timeline Additional information will be provided as it becomes available, including location and registration information, as applicable. Due to campus construction, locations are subject to change and will be released closer to the event dates. Example timeline from 2023 (2024 timeline TBD) Date Time Event Wednesday, May 3 11:30am ET Webinar: International Students – Life […]

First-year students take center stage on Killian Court

June 1, 2022

On a chilly Monday in May, MIT’s Killian Court was transformed into a festival of fun. Over 1,200 members of the community enjoyed hot dogs, fried dough, and bouncy castles before cozying up on picnic blankets to watch the main event. First-year students took to the stage to perform skits — or “PLAYsentations” — demonstrating […]

Inaugural Day of AI brings new digital literacy to classrooms worldwide

June 1, 2022

The first annual Day of AI on Friday, May 13 introduced artificial intelligence literacy to classrooms all over the world. An initiative of MIT Responsible AI for Social Empowerment and Education (RAISE), Day of AI is an opportunity for teachers to introduce K-12 students of all backgrounds to artificial intelligence (AI) and its role in […]