School of Engineering Newsletter - Fall 2015

Fall 2015


What if you could keep your cloud-based data secure and encrypted—and share it and use it at the same time? Vinod Vaikuntanathan is reengineering cybersecurity with the development of fully homomorphic encryption.


Dean Ian Waitz

Members of the MIT community are working together to address a broad array of challenges with creativity, bold thinking, multidisciplinary approaches, and a keen understanding of the requirements for practically implementing their ideas. Thanks to their work, a world with fully-homomorphic encryption, a harnessed human genome, small-scale nuclear fusion, dramatically improved pre-surgical visualization, and other innovations gets closer every day.

Challenges mix well with the MIT environment. They inspire and instill in our students an enthusiasm for solving practical problems to benefit the world, and a belief that no problem is too hard.

Ultimately, this leads to even greater contributions to the world—those that come from our alumni, whether they are designing Earth-orbiting satellite propulsion systems or low-cost refrigeration techniques for the developing world.

Ian A. Waitz
Dean of Engineering

The other ARC reactor

MIT students have new ideas about fusion power

The other ARC reactor

One t-shirt = 10 miles

A Nike-MIT study of sustainable materials for apparel

The new Met

Repurposing landmark into maker space and undergraduate housing

Engineering biology

Harnessing the power of living cells

Puddle science

Simple everyday phenomenon was unexplained by physics—until now

Puddle science

Memory, reloaded

The first new computer memory mechanism in 30 years

Memory, reloaded

Personalized hearts

Converting MRI scans into 3D-printed models in just hours

On the boil

New surfaces for more efficient, less dangerous, power plants

Lighting the way

Student builds real-time MBTA map in his dorm room using LED lights

Student builds real-time MBTA map using LED lights