September/October 2022

Dear members of the MIT community and friends,

Fall is a wonderful time here at MIT; our faculty, students, and staff continue to drive exciting research and education, and I am constantly inspired by our community of passionate, curious, and ambitious innovators. Each year brings its own possibilities and opportunities for the future as we rejoin in our collective mission to solve the great challenges of our world.

There’s been no shortage of exciting news since the term began: Sally Kornbluth has been selected as MIT’s 18th President, succeeding President L. Rafael Reif. I look forward to working with her as she assumes her new role in January. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate President Reif on receiving the National Academy of Engineering’s Simon Ramo Founders Award — a tremendous honor and a testament to his many achievements as an engineer and leader.

I’m delighted to announce that the Graduate Engineering Leadership Program has received a generous gift, allowing the program to expand services and engage more students as it works to develop future engineering leaders. The School of Engineering also had the pleasure of hosting Indian Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, on a trip to campus to discuss collaboration and knowledge-sharing between the United States and India.

I hope you enjoy reading through the collection of stories I’ve assembled for you here. Let them serve as a reminder that though change is inevitable, together, we are engineering a bright future.


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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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Sally Kornbluth is named as MIT’s 18th president

As Duke University’s provost since 2014, she has advocated for faculty excellence and reinforced the institution’s commitment to the student experience.

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L. Rafael Reif receives National Academy of Engineering’s Simon Ramo Founders Award

MIT president is honored for leadership in advancing higher education and the nation’s research and innovation system.

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Philanthropist provides $10 million gift to Graduate Engineering Leadership Program

With new support, program looks to expand on its mission of developing exceptional engineering leaders of the future.

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An interdisciplinary journey through living machines

With NEET, student discovers MIT’s undergraduate research community at the intersection of computer science and biological engineering.

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New program to support translational research in AI, data science, and machine learning

The MIT-Pillar AI Collective will cultivate prospective entrepreneurs and drive innovation.

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Investigating at the interface of data science and computing

MIT professor builds mathematical models to understand multifaceted, interdisciplinary engineering problems that have far-reaching applications.

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School of Engineering hosts Indian dignitary for visit

Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian Ambassador to the US, toured campus and engaged faculty and students.

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Simulating neutron behavior in nuclear reactors

Doctoral student’s work is fundamental to understanding how nuclear reactors operate.