Summer 2022

Dear members of the MIT community and friends,

September is rapidly approaching and campus is buzzing with the familiar feelings of excitement and joy that tend to accompany the start of the fall term. I’m looking forward to walking along an Infinite Corridor teeming with life again as the majority of our MIT community returns to campus — as well as those who will arrive for the first time — eager and ready to rise to new challenges.

Although life on campus slows over the summer, our work to educate and innovate never fully stops. We had a busy summer of programming and initiatives including a successful start of the virtual MOSTEC program, facilitated by the MIT Office of Engineering and Outreach Program, which offers high school students across the country an opportunity to jumpstart their STEM studies as they complete college-level courses in engineering and other science fields. This year, nearly 300 students were admitted to the program. We were likewise thrilled to announce the inaugural industry members of the MIT Mobility Initiative, a cross-Institute collaboration with the School of Architecture and Planning, aimed at driving innovation and shaping a sustainable, clean, safe, and inclusive mobility system.

These stories and more are shared in this summer edition of The Infinite. You’ll meet a group of students working to bring a new nuclear technology to campus, journey on a behind-the-scenes tour of MIT’s new state-of-the-art wind tunnel, and be introduced to a pair of alumni siblings working to make hydropower more sustainable. Plus, join us as we celebrate the latest honors earned by our faculty, and catch up on some of our cutting-edge research, classes, and more.

I look forward to turning the page to the new year with you now as we rejoin in our efforts to further the mission of our school: advance knowledge, educate students, and address today’s most pressing challenges.


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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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A global resource for better transportation systems

MIT Mobility Initiative welcomes five inaugural industry members to advance safe, clean, and inclusive mobility.

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Pursuing progress at the nanoscale

Nuclear Systems Design Project students tackle the real problem of bringing small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) technology to campus.

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MIT unveils new Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel

A state-of-the-art facility replaces a nearly 80-year-old campus landmark to become the most advanced wind tunnel in U.S. academia.

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Making hydropower plants more sustainable

An organization founded by sibling MIT alumni is deploying hydropower systems with fish-safe turbines and other features that mimic natural river conditions.

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Leveraging computational tools to enhance product design

Graduate student works on making the product design process more creative and inclusive.

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Ancient African smelting technique sparks anew at MIT

Through building and working a clay-and-grass furnace, teachers and students learn more than how to turn ore into metal.

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Michael Short wins 2022 MIT Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching

The School of Engineering honors the associate professor of nuclear science and engineering for experiential approach to teaching.

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A new method boosts wind farms’ energy output, without new equipment

By modeling the conditions of an entire wind farm rather than individual turbines, engineers can squeeze more power out of existing installations.