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  • A hands-on class responds to Covid

    A hands-on class responds to Covid

    When Professor Stefanie Mueller needed to adapt her laboratory class to the Covid-19 pandemic, she was initially overwhelmed by the amount of work that would need to be done. That’s because Mueller’s hands-on building and fabrication class, 6.810 (Engineering Interactive Technologies), is entirely about the ways that humans interact with technology in the physical world. As […]
  • Faster tracking of treatment responses

    Faster tracking of treatment responses

    When MIT announced plans to welcome back some undergraduates, ramp up research operations, and increase the number of staff on campus this past fall, its administration was faced with the challenge of doing so in a way that minimized the risk of an outbreak on campus. In typical MIT fashion, several teams of engineers and […]
  • Deploying no-contact vitals-sensing kiosks across campus

    Deploying no-contact vitals-sensing kiosks across campus

    When MIT announced plans to welcome back some undergraduates, ramp up research operations, and increase the number of staff on campus this past fall, its administration was faced with the challenge of doing so in a way that minimized the risk of an outbreak on campus. In typical MIT fashion, several teams of engineers and […]
  • Cracking the Secrets of an Emerging Branch of Physics

    Cracking the Secrets of an Emerging Branch of Physics

    Thanh Nguyen is in the habit of breaking down barriers. Take languages, for instance: Nguyen, a third-year doctoral candidate in nuclear science and engineering (NSE), wanted “to connect with other people and cultures” for his work and social life, he says, so he learned Vietnamese, French, German, and Russian, and is now taking an MIT […]
  • Lessons from the Clean Air Car Race 50 Years Later

    Lessons from the Clean Air Car Race 50 Years Later

    1970 was a milestone year for efforts to combat air pollution. On April 22, the first Earth Day was celebrated. The 1970 Clean Air Act was the first policy to establish federal regulations on car and industry emissions. In July, President Nixon announced his plan to establish the United States Environmental Protection Agency by the […]

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Examining the world through signals…

Examining the world through signals and systems

Assistant Professor Cathy Wu aims to help autonomous vehicles fulfill their promise by better understanding how to integrate them into the transportation system. go
Brewing up a dirty-water remedy…

Brewing up a dirty-water remedy (and more) with kombucha-inspired biosensors

PhD student and 2017 J-WAFS graduate fellow Tzu-Chieh Tang designs living materials to solve environmental challenges, with an emphasis on safety and scalability. go

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