School of Engineering Newsletter - December 2013

Winter 2013

Dean Ian Waitz

In twenty-plus years at MIT I have seen few topics generate as much enthusiasm among the faculty as our recent efforts to advance residential and global education through online learning. MITx and edX are a demonstration of our passion for teaching and for cultivating the growth of knowledge in new, unbounded ways.

Among the many facts in the recently released task force report, I was especially struck by the growing mismatch between the demand for MIT’s educational offerings and our limited ability to meet that demand. MITx is an opportunity to advance campus-based education and to expand our knowledge of learning. And it is an opportunity to do more for many more people.

I urge you to read the task force report, and to reach out to your former professors and classmates to share your thoughts on these exciting new directions in education. With your help, we can redefine the future of education.

Ian A. Waitz
Dean of Engineering


I can see you thinking

A visual voyage inside the “clarified” brain

Rising stars

The next generation of faculty in EE and CS

Where the Beaver Works

A renewed partnership with Lincoln Laboratory

DNA-wrapped nano sensors

Carbon nanotubes that detect nitric oxide

Nuclear collision

Margo Batie plays hard on the rugby field and works hard in the physics lab

Pulse-point thermostat

Personalized temperature control from Wristify, this year's MADMEC winners

Bacteria factories

Engineering cells to produce drugs, biofuels, and other compounds

Rescuing Hubble

Members of STS-61 crew reflect on the most complex space repair in history

Water bounces

New technology to aid ice prevention, wing efficiency, and more