Ingegneria Classica (Classical Engineering)
Ian A. Waitz
Dean of Engineering
Engineering challenges don’t come with a nationality. The most pressing ones—climate, energy, health, transportation, clean water—are global. They’re about, to use our campaign motto, building a better world.
With MIT’s investments on campus and in Kendall Square, you might think we’re doubling down on staying local. But opportunities for students to leave Cambridge are growing, too. MISTI, D-Lab, and the PKG Public Service Center alone send more than 50 percent of students on a global experience by the time they graduate.
Students intern at multinational companies; conduct research in Africa, Europe, or India; or take courses like “Materials in Art, Archeology and Architecture” that integrate travel.
In the field, aspiring engineers can put what they have learned on campus into practice. Being away also exposes them to other ways of thinking and helps them understand what’s really “grand” about the grand challenges.
MIT goes to San Francisco (for the summer)
Bras with built-in sensors monitor cardiac patients
Reducing runoff pollution with less bouncy pesticide droplets
Buzzing boots could help astronauts and earthlings stay vertical
Recording complex histories in the DNA of human cells
Helping anesthesiologists place needles for epidurals
Electric cars can go the distance
Solar-powered sponge wrapped in bubble wrap can boil water