Professor Richard de Neufville
Richard de Neufville teaches and practices flexible engineering design for infrastructure projects that meet the challenges of the future.
Jul 20, 2015
MIT engineers William Green (left) of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Ashwin Raghavan (center) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE), and Ahmed Ghoniem, also of MechE, are developing new computer models that will help energy companies implement improved processes for converting low-quality crude oil into clean-burning, high-quality fuels, including those that will be needed by the transportation sector in the coming decades.
New insights into a promising approach to fuel production that would reduce costs, energy use, and carbon dioxide emissions.
Jul 17, 2015
Elsa Olivetti, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at MIT, applied life cycle analysis to laptop computer manufacturing and found that one particular step, making the display, can be a key driver of pollution. Manufacturers who collect and burn compound fluoride gases of sulfur or nitrogen can significantly reduce their greenhouse gas footprint.
Assistant Professor Elsa Olivetti combines cost and environmental data to identify high-impact areas for reducing pollution and greenhouse gases.
Jul 16, 2015
Gradiant's 12,000-barrel-per-day, carrier gas extraction plant (shown here), uses a humidification and dehumidification (HDH) technique that heats produced water into vapor, and condenses it back into water, without contaminants. This yields freshwater and saturated brine, commonly used in drilling and completion processes. Gradiant's 12,000-barrel-per-day, carrier gas extraction plant (shown here), uses a humidification and dehumidification (HDH) technique that heats produced water into vapor, and condense
MIT spinout makes treating, recycling highly contaminated oilfield water more economical
Jul 15, 2015
Spring 2014 MIT-Empowering the Teachers Fellows prepare for their final presentations with MIT Professor Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande (closest to monitor). Spring 2014 MIT-Empowering the Teachers Fellows prepare for their final presentations with MIT Professor Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande (closest to monitor).
MIT and Total partner to improve technical instruction in African universities.
Jul 14, 2015
A scanning transmission electron micrograph (STEM) of the polymer material shows its division into crystalline regions (light areas of orderly dots) and the amorphous, disordered matrix, which is seen as the dark background. The original 2-D STEM views were rendered into 3-D form to create this visualization.
Materials seen as promising for optoelectronics and thermoelectric devices finally yield their secrets.
Jul 14, 2015
Hamlin Jennings, adjunct professor in civil and environmental engineering and principal investigator in the Concrete Sustainability Hub, died on July 8 after a battle with cancer.
A leader in the field of cement chemistry, Jennings developed the first fully quantitative model of the nanostructure of CSH, the major component of hydrated cement.
Jul 14, 2015
Professor Emeritus Régis Pelloux
Régis M. N. Pelloux, professor emeritus of materials science and engineering, died July 10 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. He was 83 years old.
Jul 14, 2015
Paula Hammond
An MIT faculty member since 1995, Hammond succeeds Klavs Jensen as ChemE department head.
Jul 13, 2015
Dan Prendergast prepares a passive sampler for analysis after deployment in Duwamish River sediment.
Civil and environmental engineering PhD student Dan Prendergast strives to mitigate and eliminate toxic chemicals in complex environments.
Jul 10, 2015
Left to right: Gregory Stephanopoulos of the Department of Chemical Engineering (ChemE), Gerald Fink of the Department of Biology and the Whitehead Institute, and Felix Lam of ChemE are developing new insights and techniques that could dramatically increase the amount of ethanol, butanol, and other biofuels that yeast can produce from raw materials such as corn and sugar cane.
New MIT research finds supplements help yeast survive.
Jul 10, 2015
New network design exploits cheap, power-efficient flash memory without sacrificing speed.
Jul 10, 2015
Celect is refining this process with novel data analytics, revealing interesting insights into how retailers can optimize their shelf space
MIT professors’ choice-modeling software predicts customer preferences for retailers.
Jul 10, 2015
 A sample of the MIT faculty, students, and alumni who participated in IHS Energy CERAWeek 2015.
MIT representatives shared emerging energy technologies at an influential conference rife with world leaders.
Jul 10, 2015
Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang tries out the new centrifuge while MIT professor Larry Young coaches him on.
Working out in artificial gravity
A combination of exercise and artificial gravity may lessen negative effects of weightlessness in space.
Jul 9, 2015
Mujid S. Kazimi
Leader of efforts to design new fuel cycles for nuclear power plants had been on the faculty since 1976.
Jul 9, 2015
Sami Khan
The PhD candidate was honored at the 2015 World Hydropower Congress in May.
Jul 9, 2015
“You start with something very simple, like the spread of a puddle, but you get at something very fundamental about intermolecular forces,” Ruben Juanes says.
Simple everyday phenomenon was unexplained by physics — until now.
Jul 9, 2015
 The illustration depicts Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron (white) living on mammalian cells in the gut (large pink cells coated in microvilli) and being activated by exogenously added chemical signals (small green dots) to express specific genes, such as those encoding light-generating luciferase proteins (glowing bacteria).
Sensors, memory switches, and circuits can be encoded in a common gut bacterium.
Jul 9, 2015
The Helium program could help solve “a billion-dollar problem” in computing: companies having to devote time and energy to patching old code by hand.
What takes coders months, CSAIL’s “Helium” can do in an hour.
Jul 9, 2015
 Cimran Virdi clears the crossbar during this year’s NCAA Championship.
Senior Cimran Virdi is vaulting into the NCAA record books as an engineering major at MIT — a school with a history of success in track and field.
Jul 9, 2015
New MIT housemasters: (l-r) John Fernández, Raul Radovitzky, Larry Sass
Three undergraduate communities to welcome new housemasters this fall
Committees select faculty for posts in Baker, McCormick, MacGregor.
Jul 9, 2015
Yarn made of niobium nanowires, seen here in a scanning electron microscope image (background), can be used to make very efficient supercapacitors, MIT researchers have found. Adding a coating of a conductive polymer to the yarn (shown in pink, inset) further increases the capacitor’s charge capacity. Positive and negative ions in the material are depicted as blue and red spheres.
Yarns of niobium nanowire can make supercapacitors to provide a surge of energy when it’s needed
Jul 7, 2015
Kyle Keane, a former research programmer at Wolfram, recently started working with MIT Professor W. Craig Carter on the interface for Carter's Web-based materials science curriculum and is developing infrastructure to research its effectiveness.
Professor W. Craig Carter leads a collaborative effort to build a materials science curriculum online with integrated programming and active student engagement.
Jul 7, 2015
Hock E. Tan
New professorship to be named in honor of Professor Emeritus Nam P. Suh
Jul 6, 2015