School of Engineering Newsletter - Spring 2015

Winter 2014


In its second year, Start6 took students from all over campus and put them in the same room with a star-studded cast of MIT innovators and entrepreneurs for two weeks. Find out who they got to meet, and what they learned.


Dean Ian Waitz

On Super Pi Day, MIT announced its admissions decisions for the Class of 2019—another remarkable group of students. Our students come here filled with ideas and ambition to change the world; our job is to provide an environment and opportunities for them to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to do just that. Some do so while they are still students, many do so as alumni. 2000 of our PhDs have carried what they learn here—mens et manus and the power of collaborative problem-solving—to other schools and universities around the world.

MIT’s engineers have much to share. The best of what happens here goes to places we never even imagined.

Ian A. Waitz
Dean of Engineering


Empowering the disabled at a Beaver Works hackathon

Jasmine ('15) explaining the dimensions

Special delivery

Keep your eyes to the skies

The Admissions Office's 2015 Pi Day video imagines a fictitious swarm of drones sending MIT admissions decisions by air. Image: MIT Admissions Office

Packing a punch

Electrospray thruster makes small satellites more capable

Accion Systems has developed a commercial electrospray propulsion system made of tiny chips that provide thrust for small satellites. Courtesy of Accion Systems


Slippery surface solution


Social circles

Coupling human mobility and social ties

Marta González and Christian Schneider Photo: Stuart Darsch

Building circuits in cells

Bridging math, engineering, and biology

Domitilla Del Vecchio. Photo: M. Scott Brauer

Thrilling puzzle

Modeling nuclear energy

Sterling Harper. Photo: Allegra Boverman

Rethinking anesthesia

Targeting the right parts of the brain for the right amount of time

Emery Brown: “Now that we understand how it works, how can we devise new strategies for anesthesia?” Photo: Len Rubenstein

Splash down

Raindrops spread crop disease

Researchers have developed a theoretical model to describe the relationship between a leaf’s flexibility, the fragmentation of the fluid, and its resulting pattern of raindrop-induced dispersal. The model, Bourouiba says, may eventually help farmers design fields of alternating crops. Image: Tristan Gilet and Lydia Bourouiba