School of Engineering Newsletter - Summer 2015

Summer 2015


The best way to motivate MIT students is to give them a problem, provide them with the tools and training to pursue a solution—and then get out of the way. MIT.nano will be the ultimate inspiration: a nanotechnology sandbox like no other.


Dean Ian Waitz During the summer, MIT gets quieter and a little more relaxed. Many of our undergrads are off doing other activities, and grad students and faculty are focused on research. However, our community also experiences a temporary but critical influx of young people.

Among the many summer programs that bring pre-college students to our campus, MITES welcomes some of the most gifted rising high school seniors from around the country. They come to campus for 6 weeks to experience what life is like at MIT—living in the dorms and taking MIT-level classes. MITES, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is the Institute at its best: changing the lives of young people so they can go on to change the world.

However, outside of our classrooms and labs, the campus will be anything but quiet this summer. Construction is proceeding on our new nanotechnology research center, MIT.nano. It won’t be long until students are learning and prototyping the devices of the future in this exciting new lab.

Ian A. Waitz
Dean of Engineering

Hack to the future

2.007 pays tribute to classic movie

"Hack to the Future," the final competition of MIT's course 2.007, was inspired by the movie "Back to the Future." Course instructor Amos Winter dressed as Dr. Emmett Brown (left) while Sangbae Kim dressed as Marty McFly. Photo: Tony Pulsone.

Emerging explorer

Building a better nuclear reactor to combat climate change

Leslie Dewan. Photograph by Lynn Johnson, National Geographic Photography Fellow.

MITES turns 40

MIT’s most successful outreach program

In a MITES engineering elective course on June 16, Daniel Line-Bell, of Denver, Colorado, and Judyth Estrada, of Austin, Texas, began work on a electronics project using a Raspberry Pi, a low-cost, credit-card sized computer.

Freshly squeezed vaccines

Opening the door to cell-based vaccines

Darrell J. Irvine. Photo: Lillie Paquette/School of Engineering.

Woman in technology

A new EECS professor who has been here before. (Twice.)

Tamara Broderick. Photo: Lillie Paquette/School of Engineering.

She’s the expert

Learn why it's so difficult to cook with a robot chef

Seeking rare cells

Using microtechnology to gain insight into human disease

J. Christopher Love. Photo: Lillie Paquette/School of Engineering.

Revolutionize batteries

Not in the lab—on the factory floor

Managing the flow

Study addresses potential effects of Ethiopian Nile Dam

An aerial view of the Nile basin shows Lake Nasser in Egypt, a reservoir created by the construction of the Aswan High Dam. Credits Photo: iStock