School of Engineering Newsletter - Spring 2014

Spring 2014



MIT is about to begin construction on a research facility that will define the future of nanotechnology. A hive for tinkering with matter on the atomic scale, MIT.nano will carry the last two decades of advances into new realms of application and discovery. This is the toolbox we’ve been waiting for.


Dean Ian Waitz

Every week or two, we all read about an astonishing new innovation from an MIT engineer working on the nanoscale. Whether it involves harnessing the energy of plants or defining the next generation of cancer-eradicating drugs, engineering at a billionth-of-a-meter scale sits at the center of how we will solve the challenges of the 21st century.

MIT is uniquely positioned to provide these solutions, and MIT.nano will be the cornerstone of our efforts. Construction on the new facility, which will occupy the current footprint of Building 12—right in the heart of campus—will begin in June. At 200,000 square feet, it will provide space and tools for as much as 20 percent of our on-campus research, accommodating faculty from every corner of the MIT engineering and science community.

This project represents one of the largest commitments to research in MIT’s history, and we have made some big ones. We will continue to keep you updated on the project’s plans and progress, and as always we welcome your input as we move forward.

Ian A. Waitz
Dean of Engineering


Seeing is believing

Excitons observed for the first time

Doing more

Flexible curriculum has global impact

Nanobionic plants

Turning plants into factories

2.009, a documentary

The Purple Team, fall 2013

Tough as nails

Mollusk shells inspire new armor

The real deal

Nanocrystals that help detect counterfeits

Coaxed bacterial cells

Combine the living and nonliving worlds

Solar on demand

Power from the sun 24/7

Rapid response

Know if a patient has cancer in minutes