School of Engineering Newsletter - Fall 2014

Fall 2014



From a new research center that will investigate the microbiome, to a partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital, to discovering alternatives to antibiotics in mucus, to designing the tiniest technologies medicine has ever known, MIT is helping define the future of human health.


Dean Ian Waitz

What if we could cure liver cancer, AIDS, and Alzheimer’s? What if we could invent medical technologies that improve care while reducing the cost of healthcare? The search for answers to these challenges fills our students and researchers with ambition and hope.

Solutions to these problems will not come easily. They depend on interactions among large, diverse communities of highly talented and motivated people. This is the MIT community. In conjunction with our partners and friends, we aim to engineer the future of healthcare.

Ian A. Waitz
Dean of Engineering

Battling superbugs

Using gene editing to disable any target gene

Timothy Lu

Physics of a perfect spiral

Engineering a 9-0 football season

MIT Football

Hacking health care

Engineering systems to aid Veterans with PTSD

 Andrea Ippolito

Modeling shockwaves

Estimating the risk of blast-induced traumatic brain injury

Modeling shockwaves through the brain

New paper diagnostic for Ebola

Using nanoparticles to capture the virus

Researchers at MIT's Institute for Medical Engineering and Science are developing a prototype device that can rapidly diagnose Ebola hemorrhagic virus. Photo: Anthony Griffiths

Thinking outside the box

Printing everything from a "lab on a chip" to a house

Nathan Spielberg

Fighting cyber attacks

Hewlett Foundation funds new MIT initiative on cybersecurity


Educational revolution

Michelangelo didn’t attend a semester of lectures

Sanjay Sarma

Microscopic robots

Navigating a cell's surface autonomously

This diagram represents the way microwalkers — created by an MIT team and made up of a pair of paramagnetic beads — can tumble across a surface under the influence of a rotating magnetic field. They tumble until they find areas where friction is greatest — due to higher concentrations of biological receptors — without any advance knowledge of where those areas may be. (Blue represents low-friction areas; orange represents high friction areas.)

Cambridge Innovation Cluster