Ask An Engineer

Ask an Engineer

You ask; we answer.

Back in 2008, before Facebook was big and the word “tweet” referred to anything but a bird sound, we started Ask an Engineer. The idea was simple: people could ask MIT questions, and we would answer them.

Once the answer to a clue in the New York Times Saturday crossword puzzle, Ask an Engineer seeks to unravel the mysteries of engineering — from the mundane to the highly complex — for anyone who wants to ask a relatively pithy question.

We publish a new entry once a week during the academic year. And though the answers only address a tiny fraction of the questions received, we always welcome new questions (especially the ones asked by kids). 

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