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  • ‘Global Principles’ course challenges students at MIT and the University of Tokyo to develop a cross-cultural, systems approach to materials science and engineering.

    Today's materials scientists are expected to join multidisciplinary teams to solve real-world problems. A cooperative materials science course between MIT and the University of Tokyo is teaching students at both schools to incorporate social, political, and economic factors into large-scale engineering solutions.

  • Rocket designed and built by AeroAstro students outperforms entries from 36 other teams.

    The MIT Rocket Team came in first place in the Basic (10,000 feet) category of the 2015 International Rocket Engineering Competition this June.

  • Program aims to inspire female and underrepresented minority students to pursue STEM fields.

    In a noisy MIT classroom last week, high school students eagerly speculated on the problems they might see in the team math competition they were about to begin. The MIT students serving as the competition’s judges passed out problem sets, shouting pleas for order above the din.

    Out of the chaos, teams formed, and Tara Falt, a rising high school junior from Anaheim, California, was soon at the blackboard solving a problem.

  • As the academic year comes to a close, I want to thank you for a productive and rewarding year. It certainly has been an unusual one. On top of the garden-variety challenges that we all face in our workloads, we had to endure record snowfalls and cope with the tragic loss of students and faculty. DUE staff handled these challenges with care and compassion.

  • On June 8, the DUE community came together to recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of DUE staff members. Each year, staff within DUE nominate their peers for their contributions in Communication and Collaboration, Community, Customer Service, Diversity and Inclusion, Innovation and Creativity, and Leadership. Congratulations to all the 2015 DUE Infinite Mile Award recipients!

  • Collaboration will support pre-K-12 teachers in using emerging digital learning tools.

  • The ROTC programs of MIT commissioned six cadets and midshipman as officers in the US Navy and Army in Kresge Auditorium on June 5, 2015.

    Rear Admiral Paul Sohl, commander of fleet readiness centers and assistant commander for logistics and industrial operations in the Naval Air Systems Command, recognized the six new officers and MIT graduates during a ceremony featuring the US Navy Northeast Band. The new ensigns will go off to serve in the submarine, aviation, and surface warfare communities. The Army gained a new officer in their cyber command.

    MIT ROTC Commissioning 2015The US Navy welcomed Ensign (ENS) Joanna K. Chen, ENS Connor A. Humber, ENS Stephen D. Johnson, ENS Erik O. Klatt and ENS Bridget E. McCoy. Cadet Andrea R. Dubin received her commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the US Army. The sense of family tradition was strong as four of the five ensigns were given their oaths by family members, including sisters, brothers and fathers.

    Sohl, an MIT 1985 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering and a Master of Science from Stanford University in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, knows well the trials and tribulations that the six recent graduates endured. After designating as a naval aviator in 1988, he went on to command Naval Test Wing Pacific located in Point Mugu, CA; Fleet Readiness Center Southeast located in Jacksonville, FL; and the US Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, MD.

    Sohl thanked the new officers and told them, “You leave here with the world in the palm of your hand, yet you are choosing a different path. You are choosing to open your hands to the world.” He urged the six officers being commissioned...

  • Summer is a great time for many staff to focus on professional development. MIT is committed to helping employees learn and grow professionally. One of the many resources available to employees is Skillsoft, an online learning platform where you can access a diverse library of content and learning methods.

  • Several new staff joined DUE between March 27 - June 3, 2015


    Aerospace Studies

    Camille Woods, Administrative Assistant II

    Experimental Study Group

    Bettina McGimsey, Development Associate

    Naval Science

    Brian Masterson, Technical Instructor

    Teaching and Learning Lab

  • Each year, UAAP recognizes two outstanding associate advisors. The nominations reached an all-time high for the second consecutive year, affirming that students value freshman advising and are committed to mentoring freshmen and supporting their advisors.

    Nancy Lu, Junior in Course 10Nancy Lu
    Associate Advisor for Professor Preetinder Virk