May/June 2022

Dear members of the MIT community and friends,

What a positively incredible few weeks it has been since we brought the academic year to a close. We had the great pleasure of celebrating our graduates in-person, and welcoming back to campus the classes of 2020 and 2021. This year’s Commencement exercises were particularly poignant, following two years of virtual ceremonies and representing the culmination of achievement, determination, and perseverance for our graduates and all of us who accompanied them on their journeys.  

It’s hard to believe just how much we endured, overcame, and celebrated—together—since returning to campus in September. It is in this spirit that I have curated a selection of stories that capture the essence of the past academic year. 

Among them, you’ll take flight with the undergraduates in the Unified Engineering Flight Competition as they design and build remote-controlled aircraft; delve into the school’s newest industry collaboration aiming to accelerate the translation of breakthrough engineering and biology for human health; discover the twenty climate break-through projects receiving funding through the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium; uncover the mechanics of materials in Course 3.013; and reflect back upon our Commencement celebrations through wordsphotos, and video.

I’d like to close with a brief sentiment that I shared with our master’s and doctoral degree recipients during our inaugural School of Engineering and Schwarzman College of Computing Advanced Degree Ceremony: 

“I trust that your MIT experience will serve you well, and that you will remain ever connected to the Institute.”

I wish this for every one of you in our alumni community. Here’s to a summer of repose and respite—discovery and rejuvenation.


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Anantha P. Chandrakasan

Dean, MIT School of Engineering

Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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“I see future leaders, people who will change the world.”

Temiloluwa Omitoogun ’22, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and others address the MIT graduating class of 2022.

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Pushing boundaries in Unified Flight

AeroAstro sophomores take a series of foundation-building classes that set students on a course toward becoming astronautical engineers.

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Advancing innovation in engineering and life sciences

The MIT-Northpond Program aims to accelerate the translation of breakthrough engineering and biology for human health.

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New co-director of the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology

Colin Stultz’s excellence in science, medicine, engineering, and physiology will advance the missions of IMES and HST.

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Supporting the development of scalable climate solutions

The MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium has awarded twenty MIT projects a total of $5 million over two years.

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In course 3.013, Mechanics of Materials, students explore the concepts of solid mechanics and the mechanical behavior of materials.

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Celebrating advanced degree recipients

A photo and video journey through the inaugural School of Engineering and Schwarzman College of Computing Advanced Degree Ceremony.

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Staff Spotlight: Barry Johnston

The senior lecturer and undergraduate officer for the Department of Chemical Engineering helps students through their years of undergraduate study.