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  • Faster than a snail

    Faster than a snail

    On September 12, the student-led group, MIT Hyperloop III will be presenting a machine learning-augmented drilling technology at Elon Musk’s ‘Not-A-Boring’ competition to be held in the Mojave Desert. The competition is sponsored by Musk’s The Boring Company, which he founded to pursue hyperloop technology. MIT Hyperloop III was selected as one of twelve groups, […]
  • Recognizing seven years of the MIT University Center for Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM)

    Recognizing seven years of the MIT University Center for Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM)

    MIT University Center for Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM) was founded in 2015 with an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant that centers on the recruitment, retention, and academic success of underrepresented minority doctoral students in five departments in the School of Engineering: Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and the Institute for […]
  • Cleaning up industrial filtration

    Cleaning up industrial filtration

    If you wanted to get pasta out of a pot of water, would you boil off the water, or use a strainer? While home cooks would choose the strainer, many industries continue to use energy-intensive thermal methods of separating out liquids. In some cases, that’s because it’s difficult to make a filtration system for chemical […]
  • GrubHub Founder Starts a Handy Alternative to the Gig Economy

    GrubHub Founder Starts a Handy Alternative to the Gig Economy

    It started not with a stroke of creative genius, but with a rain barrel that Mike Evans ’99, MEng ’00, wanted to install in his garden. Fourteen calls later, he still hadn’t been able to hire anyone. He started researching the home maintenance sector and discovered that many US trade schools have closed in recent […]
  • Software from alumni-founded startup Uncountable to accelerate R&D

    Software from alumni-founded startup Uncountable to accelerate R&D

    Many scientists and researchers still rely on Excel spreadsheets and lab notebooks to manage data from their experiments. That can work for single experiments, but companies tend to make decisions based on data from multiple experiments, some of which may take place at different labs, with slightly different parameters, and even in different countries.

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