Ask an Engineer

Welcome to Ask an Engineer!

These are a series of questions submitted by visitors to our site and answered by members of MIT's engineering community—our faculty, graduate students, or postdocs. Their answers cover all disciplines in the practice of engineering (and sometimes wander well beyond them).

New questions are always welcome! As much as we would like to answer every one we receive within minutes of it being asked, we handle a limited number of them through a more time-intensive process. We reserve the right to edit questions for clarity, length, and content. If your question is selected for an answer, you will be notified through the email address you have submitted with your question. We will not attribute a question to someone without their prior consent and approval. Ask an Engineer is not connected to, nor does it share information with, any other office or center on MIT's campus or beyond.

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