School of Engineering Newsletter - Spring 2016

Spring 2016

Building One: The MIT School of Engineering Newsletter
Dean Ian Waitz

Ian A. Waitz
Dean of Engineering

The seeds of future breakthroughs germinate as often in MIT's classrooms or dorms as in our labs. Whether an idea originates with a class project, like the MIT Hyperloop team, or comes from a social need identified by students, like Lean on Me, or stems from new technologies, like KitCube, innovation is baked into our community.

Even the confirmation of gravitational waves—the two-toned blip heard around the world—by colleagues in the School of Science and at Caltech began as a discussion in an MIT class several decades ago.

From the day they step on campus, our student innovators are not afraid to go after the hardest problems. The ones that might take a miracle (or two) to realize, like practical fusion and quantum computing. Challenges that require years of dedication without a dollar in sight. Problems where there’s never going to be “an app for that.”

We need to up our game in kind, so we are investing in our students. The launch of the MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund Program is a big step toward helping any interested student develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be successful innovators and entrepreneurs (while here at MIT, and for the rest of their lives).

Add a bit of seed money and a network of savvy mentors, and our students will tell us where the next great breakthroughs will happen in science, engineering—and anything else they set their minds to.

 

The final frontier

A new aerospace for innovation

The Final Frontier

Look, no hands

Startup bringing driverless taxi service to Singapore

Look!, no hands

Nearly weightless

The thinnest solar cell yet

Nearly weightless

Incoming!

Algorithm warns of rogue waves

Incoming!

One qubit closer

Scalable quantum computing

One qubit closer

Modeling Zika

The search for Aedes aegypti

Modeling Zika

Ultimate, theater, and EE

Learning to think like an engineer

Ultimate, theater, and EE

Resistant tumors

Why some cancer cells withstand treatment

Resistant tumors

Got mobius?

Novel app empowers MIT maker community

Writing on sand