Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) students spend six months interning with partner companies around the globe as part of their dual degree requirements for the Schools of Engineering and Management. Jason Chen, LGO ’12, interned for The Boeing Company at their new manufacturing plant in Charleston, S.C., where he used his engineering and management acumen to improve manufacturing operations on the shop floor. The Charleston plant assembles mid-body fuselages for the entire 787 program. Boeing has 870 orders for the aircraft, so Chen was tasked with finding ways to make the assembly work more efficient, faster, and of higher quality. “As a person who loves airplanes, mechanical systems, and building things, it was fun to crawl inside of the aircraft and watch as it came together,” he said. “While the 787’s engineering design is impressive, I was curious about how the manufacturing system organizes thousands of people, parts, and processes to build such a complex product in a short time.” Continue reading the article on News@MITSloan. photo by Sarah Foote
Monthly Archives: April 2012
April 30, 2012
April 30, 2012
I am the proud owner of a nearly finished first draft of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad dissertation. When I started writing, I realized that I couldn’t aim for perfection because perfection would paralyze me. I don’t know that I’ve been aiming for terrible, but letting go of the idea that my first draft had to be brilliant has helped me put a lot of words on my computer screen. Read the rest of the article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. photo by Brian Taylor
April 29, 2012
Dan Chavas has won this year’s Max Eaton Prize for the best student paper at the American Meteorological Society’s 30th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology held last week in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Dan is trying to understand what determines the size (i.e. diameter) of a hurricane, which is not well understood and in nature is relatively independent of how fast its fastest winds are. The work he presented used a computer model of a hurricane in a simplified physical environment to determine the fundamental aspects of this environment that serve to modulate the final size of the model storm. For more information on Daniel’s research, read this article.
April 27, 2012
The Addir Fellows-MIT Interfaith Dialogue and The Technology and Culture Forum will bring Dr. Thomas Groome of Boston College to speak on campus on May 3 at 7:30pm in the MIT Stata Center, Roo 32-D461. Dr. Groome is a Professor of Theology and Religious Education, and will address Ethics & Religious Faith: Is one possible without the other? Dinner will be served; RSVP to email@example.com. Addir is a word in Ancient Samarian that means “bridge”. The Addir Fellows Program aspires to build bridges of dialogue and understanding.
April 27, 2012
The Center for American-Russian Engagement of Emerging Leaders (CAREEL) recently announced Brian Spatocco’s acceptance to the Kremlin Fellows Program. Spatocco, a graduate student in Materials Science and Engineering and the Graduate Student Council President, is one of only 15 student leaders selected nationwide to participate in the Summer 2012 Kremlin Fellows Program, an exchange program sponsored by the Russian Federation’s Federal Agency on Youth Affairs. Read more
April 26, 2012
The UNBOUND: Speculations on the Future of the Book event will be taking place from Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 6:00 PM to Friday, May 4, 2012 at 8:00 PM. This symposium explores the future potential of the book by engaging practitioners and performers of this versatile technology to ask some key questions: is the book an artifact on its deathbed or a mutable medium transitioning into future forms? What shape will books of the future take? Grounded in this technology’s history, we will reflect critically on possible futures, promises, and challenges of the book, showcasing practices by writers and artists, putting them in conversation with scholars and thinkers from across the disciplines who are framing discourse and questions about book-related technotexts. This symposium hopes to foster a lively discussion where audience members participate and invoke their multiple perspectives of the book. This is a free event; register through Eventbrite.
April 25, 2012
A joint entry by David Fenning (Presidential Fellow) and Doug Powell, the Impurity to Efficiency Simulator, won second place in this year’s De Florez Competition for the category of Graduate Design. The competition had 38 applicants in four categories, all of which competed against each other for a total of $18,000 in prize money. The categories were Undergraduate Engineering Design, Undergraduate Engineering Science, Graduate Engineering Design and Graduate Engineering Science. Applicants try to “sell” their products and judges look at the entries’ level of creativity, innovation, practical application, scientific basis and design skill. For more information and the full list of this years’ winners, please visit April 2012 MechE News.
April 24, 2012
Lisa Freed has two doctoral degrees, two full-time jobs and two teenagers. Needless to say, her life is never dull. Freed is a highly respected scientist in the field of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine who has focused much of her research on cardiac tissue, developing new solutions to regenerate hearts damaged by heart attacks. She currently leads collaborating teams at Draper Laboratory and MIT, and she lectures at MIT and Harvard. Her latest research leverages the strengths of both Draper and MIT to develop tissue scaffolds that more closely mimic the three-dimensional shapes and mechanical properties of real tissues — hopefully leading to improved cell growth, healthier organs, and ultimately better health and quality of life for patients. She also advises teams at all levels, from NASA scientists to a team of 9- to 13-year-olds competing in the FIRST LEGO League. Continue reading the article on masshightech.com. photo courtesy of Mass High Tech
April 24, 2012
April 23, 2012
April 23, 2012
On April 6, the Student Advisory Committee to the Presidential Search released their preliminary report, entitled “The Student Perspective on the MIT Presidency.” Drawing upon the responses they received from six town hall meetings, each of which were attended by between 10 and 60 people, as well as hundreds of student responses from online forms, paper questionnaires, focus groups, and informal discussions, the SAC described in their 20-page report what they found to be the most important challenges, desires, and concerns of MIT. This preliminary report does not contain the list of candidates that the SAC would like to nominate. Continue reading the article on The Tech Online Edition.
April 20, 2012
The 2012 MIT Sustainability Summit is being held on Friday, April 27th at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center. Speakers and panelists include leaders from business, technology, and academia. Sessions include Scaling Social Enterprise, Promise of Big Data, Geoengineering, Socially-Mediated Collaboration, Transportation, and more. Register at http://sustainabilitysummit.mit.edu/, and for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 19, 2012
From cognitive neuroscience to theoretical physics, this year’s National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellows from the University of Houston (UH) have their sights set on careers in fields ranging from medicine to energy.
Darren Seibert is a biomedical engineering major and also a member of the Honors College. He is working toward understanding the neural computations underlying visual perception. He has had the opportunity to collaborate on projects that use functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, with Michael Tarr’s lab at Carnegie Mellon University and electrophysiology in Dr. James DiCarlo’s lab at MIT. Continue reading about Seibert on the University of Houston News website.
April 18, 2012
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Join peer counselors and MIT Violence Prevention and Response on Sunday, April 22 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm in the Sidney Pacific Graduate Residence, Seminar Room, for dinner and discussion concerning sexual assault portrayal in the media, and how this shapes popular beliefs about this issue. Dinner is provided, but please bring your own dishware. For more information, contact email@example.com
April 17, 2012
In spite of all that, I am writing now—in my first position as an assistant professor—to offer a few words of advice on how you can have a successful doctoral experience in the sciences, if you accept a few realities of the graduate-student lifestyle. I was a full-time, fully financed (which is of critical importance unless you are independently wealthy) graduate student. I had a paid position as a teaching assistant, which means, of course, that you do a lot of work without any credit. Here is what I learned. Read the rest of the article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. photo by Brian Taylor
April 13, 2012
April 13, 2012
We MIT kids are a messed up bunch. Alright, fine, I haven’t been immersed in enough collegiate environments to say that we are more or less messed up than anyone else our age, but still — we have problems. Over the last three and a half years, I’ve met a lot of people who are having a really crappy time and think there’s no feasible way to improve their lives. I’m not talking about your run-of-the-mill, overworked MIT students, I’m talking about people whose relationship with life is tenuous at best. People who are suffering because of their anxiety, lack of motivation, sadness, or whatever else. I’m extrapolating from what I’ve seen first-hand, but it’s a safe bet that there’s a silent fraction of MIT students who are experiencing some kind of depression but not addressing it. Continue reading the article in The Tech Online Edition.
April 13, 2012
Graduate student Dorothy Brown (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) will receive a 2012 Latino Science and Engineering Award at a celebration to be held on Monday, April 23rd. The event will take place at 7:00pm in the Microsoft Horace Mann Conference Center at One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, and will feature national leaders from MAES, SHPE, and SACNAS, as well as an astronaut and a state senator.
April 12, 2012
April 12, 2012
Two MIT graduate students short essays were selected for publication in the April 6, 2012 issue of the journal Science under “NextGEN Voices,” a new feature that calls upon young scientists to speak up. The current issue asked the question, “What is your definition of a successful scientist?” and “How has this definition changed between your mentor’s generation and your own?” The MIT students whose essays were selected include: Kai Quek (Political Science) and Pavitra Krishnaswamy (Medical Engineering and Medical Physics, Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology). Please see: Science 6 April 2012: vol. 336 no. 6077 pp. 32-34 DOI. 10.1126/science.336.6077.32. The second NextGen survey is now open on the question “Describe a specific experience and how it changed your science, training, and career goals.” Submit your own response. The submission deadline is 18 May.
April 10, 2012
At the wildly-successful MBA Charity Auctions last semester students bid on big-ticket items like professional sports tickets and shopping trips to New York. But one lucky student bid on and won a group hug from the Caribbean Pelicans. It went for $50 and the winner scored an embrace with MBA ’12 students Bilikiss Adebiyi, Jamie Fordyce, Chi-Chu Tschang, Kenny B. Maneles, Kuohsin Chen, and Anand Dass. Group hugs are what the Pelicans, a close-knit group, are known for. The Pelicans are just one of several teams in the Caribbean Cohort, or “ocean.” At the start of the MIT Sloan MBA program, all students are divided into oceans and then divided further into multiple teams, to support their success in the first-semester MBA Core. The Core teams, assigned by the MIT Sloan administration, are designed to be as diverse as possible. The students spend nearly three-and-a-half intense months together, but then typically disband and go their separate ways after the Core ends. photo by Amy MacMillan
April 9, 2012
Chilean citizens have the opportunity to apply for the CONICYT Advanced Human Capital Development Program. Prospective candidates must also be graduate students or incoming graduate students (with a letter of admission from MIT). Visit their website for links to details and applications (for Masters students / for PhD students). For incoming Masters students, the fellowship may be granted for a maximum period of two years. For continuing students, the fellowship will be granted for the time remaining to complete time remaining in the program (up to two years). For Masters students, the application call will close on May 17, 2012. Read more
April 9, 2012
April 6, 2012
April 6, 2012
April 6, 2012
The Graduate Student Council has announced its newly elected officers for the 2012-13 school year.
GSC President: Brian Leonard Spatocco (firstname.lastname@example.org) – Materials Science and Engineering
GSC Vice President: Aalap Shirish Dighe (email@example.com) – Mechanical Engineering
GSC Treasurer: Eric Victor (firstname.lastname@example.org) – Chemistry
GSC Secretary: Bomy Lee Chung (email@example.com) – Chemical Engineering
Congratulations to Brian, Aalap, Eric, and Bomy, who will formally begin their new roles on May 9th, 2012! The current officers will be training and transitioning the new team over the next month.
April 5, 2012
April 4, 2012
April 3, 2012
April 3, 2012
SDM student Eugene Kwak literally had a front-row seat in the ambitious private-sector space race. Kwak, who is a member of the SDM class that entered in 2012, was the lead flight termination systems engineer for the Falcon 9, the first liquid-fuel spacecraft launched into orbit by a private company, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). After launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on June 4, 2010 (Kwak’s 31st birthday), the unmanned rocket completed two orbits around the earth. Read the rest of the article on News@MITSloan. photo by Amy MacMillan
April 2, 2012
Congratulations to Justin Bates, Master in City Planning degree candidate in the department of Urban Studies and Planning, who has been named a finalist in the Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF). The PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates, designed to develop a cadre of potential government leaders by providing sustenance during the first years of employment and encouraging development of leadership capabilities. Justin has been a dedicated public servant, working as a Zoning Administrator, Deputy Health Officer, and Assistant Radiological Officer for the town of Brattleboro, Vermont, and observed the “incredible impact that governments… can have on the livability, character, and health of a community.” We wish him the best in the final round of selection!