Engineering In Action

Ties with MIT Run Deep for the U.S. Navy’s Top Officer
Ties with MIT Run Deep for the U.S. Navy’s Top Officer

Looking back on his MIT graduate student days in the late 1980s, Admiral John M. Richardson SM ’89, EE ’89, ENG ’89 recalls a quieter time. He was not yet helming the world’s most powerful navy nor was global competition at sea nearly so high.

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Modern Metallurgist
Modern Metallurgist

If humans are going to be able to travel to Mars one day, Cem Tasan’s research on metals just might play a role in the mission. Tasan, the Thomas B. King Career Development Professor in Metallurgy in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, works to produce metals that will bend with the changing times.

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The Heart of the Materials
The Heart of the Materials

Felipe de Quesada is cut out to be a materials scientist. He likes to design things and see how they work at a microscale: to look at the arrangement of atoms and study their crystal structure. This fascination traces back to boyhood when he created his own toys.

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Detecting the Threat of Nuclear Weapons
Detecting the Threat of Nuclear Weapons

Will the recent U.S. withdrawal from a 2015 accord that put restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program make it easier for Iran to pursue the bomb in secret? Not likely, according to Scott Kemp, an associate professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT.

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An Unexpected Ambition Borne from MIT Experience
An Unexpected Ambition Borne from MIT Experience

Senior Annamarie Bair was determined to become a medical doctor when she arrived at MIT from the Midwest nearly four years ago. She was fascinated by neuroscience but had yet to channel that passion toward what became her true focus: artificial intelligence and health care.

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Engineering Joy
Engineering Joy

MIT senior Isabel “Izzy” Lloyd will graduate this spring with not only a degree in mechanical engineering, but with the pleasure of knowing she accomplished a goal she set for herself as a freshman: to impact those around her in a truly positive way.

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The Ingestible Bacterial-Electronic Sensor
The Ingestible Bacterial-Electronic Sensor

MIT researchers have built an ingestible sensor equipped with genetically engineered bacteria that can diagnose bleeding in the stomach or other gastrointestinal problems.

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Computation Counts
Computation Counts

When James Quigley applied to MIT, he didn’t need an algorithm to tell him getting in wasn’t a high-probability outcome. An Army veteran attending community college in California, he possessed a talent for math, a desire to do big things, and a sobering group of friends who insisted: “Mortals don’t get into MIT.” Quigley knew a dare when he heard one. As for probability measures, those he chose to ignore.

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Making Music with The Chorallaries of MIT
Making Music with The Chorallaries of MIT

How do you transform emotion from the soul, through the body, to the voice, and elicit a physiological response from the audience? Mechanical engineering senior Isabel "Izzy" Lloyd and fellow members of the MIT Chorallaries a capella group figure out this complex transformation every time they get together and sing.

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Artificial Intelligence in Action
Artificial Intelligence in Action

A person watching videos that show things opening — a door, a book, curtains, a blooming flower, a yawning dog — easily understands the same type of action is depicted in each clip.

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