Monthly Archives: June 2011

June 29, 2011

Become a Graduate Community Fellow!

ODGE has 10 openings for Graduate Community Fellows in the following areas: Achieving Careers in Engineering and Sciences (ACES),  Addir Fellows — MIT Interfaith Dialogue, Committee on Race and Diversity, Community-wide Program on Violence Against Women, Deeper Engagement Working Group, Graduate Accomplishments: Writer, GSC Communications Fellow,  Graduate Student Life Grants, Resources for Easing Friction and Stress (REFS), Videographer: Student Snapshots. Graduate Community Fellows are a cadre of graduate students who receive partial stipend to work on projects and assignments that enhance MIT graduate community in unique ways. The ODGE is accepting applications through 11:59pm, July 31.

June 24, 2011

LaShanda Korley

LaShanda James Korley (Chemical Engineering) is one of 18 worldwide named Dupont Young Professor

LaShanda Korley, Nord Distinguished Assistant Professor in the Case School of Engineering, was one of 18 faculty members from around the world to become part of the 43rd class of DuPont Young Professors. The DuPont Young Professor program provides start-up assistance to promising young and untenured research faculty working in areas of interest to DuPont’s long-term business. Korley will receive $75,000 (three annual grants of $25,000) for her work on bio-mimetic approaches to toughening and mechanical enhancement of polymers.  -From Case Western Reserve University’s the dailyPRWeb has also covered this story.

June 24, 2011

ODGE co-sponsors MIT-Imperial Global Fellows Conference

Marilyn Wilson, Sr. Career Development Specialist, GECD: Career Services. Global Education & Career Development successfully launched its first Global Fellows program this summer co-sponsored by DUE and ODGE on the MIT side. What is the Global Fellows Program? A five-day intensive workshop for 40 PhD students: half from MIT and half from Imperial College London, led by staff and faculty from Imperial College and MIT. The program is focused on professional transferable skills training: collaboration, team work, project planning and development, communication and presentation skills, networking. It is envisioned that a yearly workshop alternately housed at MIT and at Imperial College will take place. Read more

June 20, 2011

Rhonda Jordan

ESD PhD candidate Jordan presents energy research at African Presidential Roundtable

MIT Engineering Systems Division PhD candidate Rhonda Jordan recently attended the African Presidential Roundtable in Mauritius, themed “21st Century Energy Agenda for Africa.” Jordan gave a brief talk about her research, which focuses on power system development and electrification planning in developing countries in a case study of Tanzania, and discussed its relevance to the future of energy in Africa. The presentation took place at the University of Mauritius and included several former heads of state, including Presidents Thabo Mbeki from South Africa, Joaquim Chissano from Mozambique, Cassam Uteem and Karl Offman from Mauritius, Frederick Sumaye from Tanzania and Amani Abeid Karume from Zanzibar. The rest of the article is available on MITnews.  photo by Rhonda Jordan

June 19, 2011

Future Faculty Workshop

ODGE co-sponsored and Dean Ortiz was a mentor at this year’s “Future Faculty Workshop: Diverse Leaders of Tomorrow” held on June 19-21, 2011. The goal of the workshop is to help underrepresented minority graduate students and postdoctorates realize their full potential and compete effectively for academic positions and successful careers.  For more information and to view pictures click here.

June 16, 2011

Chemical Engineering PhD Alum Named 2011 DuPont Young Professor

LaShanda James Korley (PhD ’05) was one of 18 professors from around the world named 2011 DuPont Young Professors. The DuPont Young Professor program, is designed to provide start-up assistance to promising young and untenured research faculty working in areas of interest to DuPont’s long-term business.  Each young professor will receive $75,000 in three annual grants of $25,000, or its equivalent in relevant currency.  The grants may be used to obtain matching funds through the National Science Foundation or other organizations. Read More

June 13, 2011

ODGE Brief: Graduate Community News

Dean Ortiz calls out graduate student accomplishments, points to recent work with and for graduate students, and celebrates community and diversity building. Read the Brief.

June 10, 2011

Common Threads: The Evolving Student Experience at MIT (video)

This video presents an exciting overview of MIT’s changing public face and the growing diversity of its student body. Drawing upon interviews with MIT presidents, professors, alumni and students, this documentary presents an historical look at the complex factors that have significantly reshaped MIT’s student body — including both the expansion of MIT’s educational mission and changes in the broader culture of the United States and the world. Read more

June 8, 2011

Grad admissions task force submits final report; comment period through June 24

The Task Force on Improving Graduate Admissions, formed by the Dean in January of this year, has submitted is final report (read the Dean’s message on its motivation, charge, and membership).

The Task Force has done an outstanding job and is gaining great momentum and support across the Institute towards an all-electronic, centralized graduate admissions system. Dean Ortiz is grateful to the members of the Task Force for their willingness to serve in this capacity, their enthusiasm and all of their hard work and accomplishments in such a relatively short period of time. She would also like to thank those who took the time to meet with the Task Force members.

The executive summary of the report is found below. Read more

June 7, 2011

Grad students to attend meeting of Nobel laureates

ODGE-nominated Charles Frogner (BCS), Dina Adel Faddah (Biology), and James Ankrum (HST) earn a place at the 61st Annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany. From June 26 – July 1, 2011, 23 Nobel Laureates and 566 young researchers from 77 countries met at Lindau (Germany) to exchange ideas, discuss projects and build international networks.