This figure shows a proposed microgrid zone, with the anchor building situated in the center. Concentric rings, indicating high to lower energy usage by the shading from red to light green, emanate out from the center point at increments of 50 meters. The buildings that fall within the rings are considered for analysis as opportunities for utilizing CHP systems.
A study conducted with the Boston Redevelopment Authority explores options for improving the resiliency of the city’s power distribution system.
Jul 7, 2016
Lit up at night, the PREPHub attracts the attention of passersby.  Photo courtesy of the MIT Urban Risk Lab.
Innovative structures called PREPHubs house basic services needed in the aftermath of a disaster.
Jul 4, 2016
Two students work together to assemble the Raspberry Pi camera.
High school–aged girls learn to construct cameras and program image filters
Jun 30, 2016
 A localizing ground-penetrating radar system from the MIT Lincoln Laboratory complements existing technology, with the goal of achieving safe autonomous vehicles.
MIT Lincoln Laboratory radar system achieves centimeter-level localization; could help driverless cars stay in lane when road markings are obscured.
Jun 23, 2016
Stephanie Couch
Stephanie Couch is joining the Lemelson-MIT Program as executive director
Jun 5, 2016
Five individuals with MIT ties are among 30 winners nationwide of the 2016 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. Clockwise from top left: Eran Hodis, Lindsey Osimiri ’14, Vishwajith Sridharan, Abubakar Abid ’15, and Suan Lian Tuang ’14.
Five from MIT win 2016 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Awards fund graduate studies for immigrants and children of immigrants.
Jun 5, 2016
Bialoweiza Forest is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain.
Research sheds light on delicate forest biodiversity
Quantitative study of Poland's Bialowieza Forest highlights processes shaping species coexistence and potential impacts of deforestation.
Jun 5, 2016
Top row (left to right): Robert Fadel, Dean Ian A. Waitz, Jim Long, Hsinhwa Lee, Ted Equi, Sandra Lopes, Joseph Baylon, Carolyn Carrington, Anthony Zolnik, Doreen Morris, Marlena Love, and Stephen Wetzel. Bottom row (left to right): Cathy Greene, Amy Bass, Sharon Leary, Bethany Walsh, Jessica Jones, and Kate Moynihan.
The 2016 Infinite Mile Awards in the School of Engineering
Jun 5, 2016
Political scientist Kenneth Oye has discovered that collaborating with technologists is a very effective way to inform good policy on the issues he cares about most — from climate change to synthetic biology. He believes that MIT has a leadership role in understanding and engaging with the consequences of the technologies we develop.
Political scientist Kenneth Oye has discovered that collaborating with technologists is a very effective way to inform good policy on the issues he cares about most — from climate change to synthetic biology. He believes that MIT has a leadership role in understanding and engaging with the...
Jun 5, 2016
Stock image of mitotic cells
Technique combines analogue and digital processes in engineered cells.
Jun 3, 2016
Researchers have harnessed C2c2 in bacteria to manipulate cellular RNA.
Scientists program C2c2, discovered in bacteria as a viral defense mechanism, to manipulate cellular RNA.
Jun 2, 2016
Leila Pirhaji PhD ’16
With support she received at the Institute, Leila Pirhaji wants to bring computational systems biology to the marketplace.
Jun 2, 2016
Super Mario Brothers
Analysis shows popular video game is among the hardest problems in the “complexity class” PSPACE.
Jun 1, 2016
Making cities smarter
MIT researchers are creating tools that synthesize and collect data so that urban planners can vastly improve the quality of urban life.
Jun 1, 2016
"What is the truth? How do you interpret someone's story? These questions get asked all the time in medicine — and they are also asked all the time in literature. The study of literature is about the experience of being human, and that's inseparable from the practice of medicine." — Cara Lai, Class of 2016, majoring in literature and mechanical engineering
Senior Cara Lai cites MIT Literature studies as key to her preparation for medical practice.
Jun 1, 2016
Students created a mobile application (app) that detects whether lights are turned on or off. When the app senses a light source, the mobile device emits a sound. Above, the visually impaired client tests the app by holding his phone toward a light source.
Beaver Works hosted the Assistive Technologies Hackathon where students built helpful hardware and software for local community members.
Jun 1, 2016
Cody Dennett, PhD candidate in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Nuclear science and engineering PhD student Cody Dennett simulates conditions inside reactors to measure microscopic defects in irradiated materials.
May 31, 2016
Professor Kristala Prather
Professor Kristala Prather engages undergrads in a discussion about the future of biofuels.
May 31, 2016
The Venice Architecture Biennale, held every two years at the sprawling Arsenale (above) and Giardini grounds on the city’s eastern tip, opens this weekend. This year’s focus on architecture’s ability to address global challenges — including numerous installations and projects from MIT faculty, students, and alumni — may indicate a paradigm shift for architecture, participants say.
On a global stage, MIT helps steer architecture toward solving worldwide challenges.
May 27, 2016
“Mechanical engineering attracted me because it gave me the flexibility to delve into a range of things — mechanics, materials, fluid and thermal sciences, and so on. This is liberal arts. It’s a multidisciplinary field that mixes a ton of things," says Marie Elimbi Moudio.
Senior Marie Elimbi Moudio enters a “weird place” and discovers a world of possibility.
May 27, 2016
Robert Smith ’41, in his signature MIT red jacket, celebrates his 90th birthday.
At Tech Reunions June 2-5, Robert Smith '41, will celebrate 75 years since his graduation — as well as his perfect reunion attendance.
May 27, 2016
The U.S. Department of Defense has announced the 2016 recipients of its National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.
Honor recognizes individuals who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering.
May 26, 2016
3D surface- versus DNA-based renderings of diverse DNA nanoparticles designed autonomously by the algorithm DAEDALUS.
Like 3-D printing did for larger objects, method makes it easy to build nanoparticles out of DNA.
May 26, 2016
Left: Sandy Alexandre began her appointment as East Campus associate head of house in March. Right: Neel and Julie Shah, who have been appointed heads of house for Sidney Pacific.
Shah named head of house after serving as Sidney Pacific associate housemaster; Alexandre joins East Campus as associate head of house.
May 26, 2016