MIT is committed to giving faculty and students the facilities they need for their pathbreaking work, whether it is done in an academic class or an activity. Many of our older spaces, however, are in need of renovation. Renovating the infrastructure will provide flexible learning spaces, world-class labs, and places for community building. Recent examples of critical renovations in the School of Engineering include:
The School of Engineering's top priority in support of the innovation activity of our faculty is the construction of a new laboratory facility to advance the manufacturing and charcaterization of materials and systems at the nano scale. MIT.nano will be an integrated nanoscience and nanotechnology facility with a mission to redefine the frontiers of research, exploration, education, and innovation. Dedicated exclusively to experimentation and instruction, MIT.nano will support the research activities of 2,000 members of the MIT community. It will occupy the footprint of Building 12, just steps from the Infinite Corridor, and become a central resource for creating “disruptive technologies” that will reimagine areas of:
- Personal medicine
- Energy systems
- Ubiquitous computing
- Multiscale manufacturing
- Sustainable infrastructure
- Quantum science and technology
When MIT’s home for Chemical Engineering was constructed at the eastern edge of campus in 1976, the building’s distinctive wedge-shaped profile resembled the prow of a ship pointing to the future. The Ralph Landau Chemical Engineering Building lived up to that promise in the decades that followed. From a historic strength in the petrochemical industry, Course X faculty and alumni pioneered new directions in medicine, energy, polymers, manufacturing, materials, and other fields. Both the campus and the vibrant Kendall Square innovation cluster grew to envelop the department within an interdisciplinary problem-solving nexus, with MIT chemical engineers in a central role. Today, Course X is at the heart of MIT in many dimensions, but its architecturally distinctive home is in need of major, systemic renovations to create modern laboratories that can support the department in its work as the top-ranked chemical engineering program in the world.
In its 85 years, the Sloan Laboratories for Aircraft and Automotive Engines has seen numerous important research advances in fields including airplane and automobile engine design, advanced propulsion systems, and fluid mechanics. The building, which is shared between the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is currently home to 150 faculty, students, and researchers. With full renovations of the current space and new facilities properly bridging the two wings of the building, these two departments will be able to add 70 more people doing world-changing work.