Engineering In Action

Making Makers at MIT

In celebration of the White House's Week of Making, a look at the vibrant makerspace ecosystem around the Institute.

Video and photo by Lillie Paquette; Written by Meg Murphy

"MIT has more than 130,000 square feet of hands-on workshops and makerspaces across the campus (with even more to come). We design, prototype, and invent the future of technology one project at a time. Only at MIT do we need a “czar" to oversee all of this activity.

At the School of Engineering, the things we build — from genetic circuits to electrically driven shockwaves for water desalination — cross disciplines and departments, and in some cases, fuse them together. Advances in 3-D printing, nanofabrication, robotics, and other technologies have enabled such innovations, but it’s the people who are at the heart of this movement." —Ian A. Waitz, dean of the School of Engineering and the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics



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