The sugar polymers that make up the spheres in this image are designed to package and protect specially engineered cells that work to produce drugs and fight disease. While on-site, they must remain undetected by the body’s natural defense system. However, the reddish markers on the spheres’ surfaces indicate that immune cells (blue/green) have discovered these invaders and begun to block them off from the rest of the body. Further experiments with the spheres’ geometry and chemistry will lead to better inv
Optimal size and shape allow implantable devices to last longer in the body.
May 27, 2015
The first layers (1 and 2) of a neural network trained to classify scenes seem to be tuned to geometric patterns of increasing complexity, but the higher layers (3 and 4) appear to be picking out particular classes of objects.
System designed to label visual scenes according to type turns out to detect particular objects, too.
May 27, 2015
Top row: (l-r) Geoffrey Beach, Kripa Varanasi, Michael Watts, Anne White. Middle row: (l-r) Hamsa Balakrishnan, Constantinos Daskalakis, Jacquin Niles, Rohit Karnik. Bottom row: (l-r) Wojciech Matusik, Colette Heald, Benoit Forget, Alfredo Alexander-Katz, Maria Yang.
Thirteen tenure appointments are made in seven of eight academic departments in the School of Engineering.
May 27, 2015
A suspended microchannel resonator (SMR) measures particles’ masses as they flow through a narrow channel. The original mass sensor consists of a fluid-filled microchannel etched in a tiny silicon cantilever that vibrates inside a vacuum cavity. As cells or particles flow through the channel, one at a time, their mass slightly alters the cantilever’s vibration frequency. This illustration depicts a snapshot of a cantilever vibrating at its first four resonant modes.
Device can measure the distribution of tiny particles as they flow through a microfluidic channel.
May 27, 2015
 Richard Lester
In new role, longtime NSE professor will assume responsibility for MIT’s major international efforts.
May 27, 2015
Marta González (left) and Colette Heald
MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) has announced the promotions of two faculty members in the department.
May 27, 2015
MIT's Collier Memorial
Architects and engineers detail their novel design for MIT’s Collier Memorial.
May 26, 2015
MIT-Spain co-director Mercedes Balcells-Camps addresses La Caixa fellows and heads of state, including Spain's King Philip IV and Queen Letizia.
MIT-Spain co-director describes how a La Caixa Fellowship impacted her research at MIT and led to the creation of the MIT-Spain Program.
May 26, 2015
MIT chemical engineers have designed an implantable device that can deliver many drugs at once, allowing researchers to determine which drugs are the most effective against a patient's tumor.
Implantable device could allow doctors to test cancer drugs in patients before prescribing chemotherapy.
May 21, 2015
An illustration of T Lymphocytes on a Cancer Cell.
Stimulating both major branches of the immune system halts tumor growth more effectively.
May 21, 2015
Researchers have shown that a DC voltage applied to layers of graphene and boron nitride can be used to control light emission from a nearby atom. Here, graphene is represented by a maroon-colored top layer; boron nitride is represented by yellow-green lattices below the graphene; and the atom is represented by a grey circle. A low concentration of DC voltage (in blue) allows the light to propagate inside the boron nitride, forming a tightly confined waveguide for optical signals.
Researchers find a way of tuning light waves by pairing two exotic 2-D materials.
May 20, 2015
big-data
Algorithm reduces size of data sets while preserving their mathematical properties.
May 20, 2015
Students Leah Delacruz and Emily Sun build a circuit to connect their arm muscles to nodes and powering a robot arm.
MIT STEM Mentoring Program introduces students from Boston, Cambridge, and Lawrence to an evolving field.
May 19, 2015
Beth Hadley looks on as Margaret Marie, a resident of The Boston Home, uses the iPad application they co-designed to call for help. Hadley and her MIT team worked very closely with Marie, who provided the vision for the project and ensured a lasting impact.
MIT students improve the quality of life, safety, and independence of The Boston Home residents with InstaAid mobile application.
May 18, 2015
After a few days of observation, and without explicit training, farmers in India began setting up an MIT Tata Center-designed irrigation system themselves.
Tata Center team invents the first solar-powered water pump tailored to the irrigation needs of millions of small-acreage farmers in the Ganges River basin.
May 18, 2015
John Lienhard
Lienhard becomes the sixth MechE faculty member to receive the prestigious ASME award.
May 18, 2015
Scientists at MIT have developed a systematic approach to research the structure of spider silk, blending computational modeling and mechanical analysis to 3D-print synthetic spider webs.
Researchers explore mechanics of silk to design materials with high strength and low density.
May 15, 2015
MIT Leaders for Global Operations alumni: (clockwise from top left) Bill Anderson, Keith Camhi, Ed Lee, Jeff Wilke, and Hollie Schmidt
Alumni weigh in on the value of an MIT engineering and management program that has produced many top executives.
May 15, 2015
In a pilot study, WaitChatter users learned approximately four words a day over a period of two weeks.
Graduate student's “WaitChatter” app teaches vocabulary during moments in between text and instant-message replies.
May 14, 2015
Associate Professor Marta González talks about urban mobility challenges in New York City.
CEE faculty traveled to Manhattan to host an alumni event titled "Building a More Resilient NYC Through Big Engineering."
May 14, 2015
Electrical engineer and computer scientist John Nwagbaraocha's childhood interests in science fiction eventually led him to a career working with plasma.
MIT Lincoln Laboratory's John Nwagbaraocha discusses his love of science, plasma, and popular culture with local high school students.
May 13, 2015
MIT researchers have created a new algorithm that, in a broad range of cases, can automatically remove reflections from digital photos. On the left is the original photo taken through a window, with the photographer's reflection clearly visible. On the right, the reflection has been separated from the photo.
New algorithm exploits multiple reflections in individual images to distinguish reflection from transmission.
May 11, 2015
The MIT Space Balloon Team just prior to liftoff: (L-r) Anton Aboukhalil, Devon Jedamski, Eddie Obropta, Aaron Ashely, Zahra Khan, Duncan Miller, and Connor Cullinane
MIT mascot journeys into the stratosphere to support Boston hospital.
May 11, 2015
In a two-step process, engineers have successfully sealed leaks in graphene. First, the team fabricated graphene on a copper surface (top left) — a process that can create intrinsic defects in graphene, shown as cracks on the surface. After lifting the graphene and depositing it on a porous surface (top right), the transfer creates further holes and tears. In a first step (bottom left), the team used atomic layer deposition to deposit hafnium (in gray) to seal intrinsic cracks, then plugged the remaining ho
New technique may enable faster, more durable water filters.
May 8, 2015
"Hack to the Future," the final competition of MIT's course 2.007, was inspired by the movie "Back to the Future." Course instructor Amos Winter dressed as Dr. Emmett Brown (left) while Sangbae Kim dressed as Marty McFly.
Final competition in MIT’s course 2.007 pays tribute to classic time-travel movie.
May 8, 2015