DUE News - 2014

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  • Several new staff joined DUE between April 22, 2014 - June 24, 2014


    Global Education & Career Development

    Jacob Livengood, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Career Services


    Eric Verploegen, Research Engineer

    Laura Budzyna, Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Coordinator

    Aerospace Studies

  • Dean Denny FreemanDean Dennis Freeman was recently appointed a Chairperson of the Auditory System Study Section at the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The Auditory System [AUD] Study Section reviews NIH applications on the structure and function of the auditory and vestibular systems.  The NIH uses a peer review system to ensure “grant appli

  • Guidelines for Minors Working, Interning, or Visiting MIT DLCs

    MIT HR launched a website covering guidelines for minors working, interning, or visiting MIT DLCs.  We want to highlight some of the key issues to be aware of when dealing with minors.

  • D-Lab is often best known for its cornerstone course, D-Lab Development, taught for over a decade by D-Lab founder Amy Smith and Bish Sanyal, Professor of Urban Development and Planning. In fact, ask an MIT student if they have experience with D-Lab and you often get the answer, "Yeah, I took D-Lab."

    What seems to be less widely known is that after 12 years, D-Lab has developed a couple of additional courses,19 courses in total, to be exact. Though not every course is taught every year, about a dozen different courses are.

    Student projects from five of those courses were presented on May 9 at the 2014 D-Lab Spring Student Showcase. It was standing room only in D-Lab's "hands-on" classroom on the third floor of E-51 with over 150 in attendance to hear about projects from five D-Lab classes, an independent study, and our current group of D-Lab Biomass Fuel undergraduate researchers...

  • This past spring, Experimental Study Group staff members Dave Custer and Graham Ramsay launched a new subject, ES.333, “Production of Educational Videos: Skills for Communicating Academic and Professional Content.”  As the title suggests, this subject taught students the fundamentals of video production, with a primary focus on educational content targeted for specific populations.  The intention of the subject is to give students agency over the skills needed to create compelling video content that can serve them broadly throughout their academic careers.

  • Major General James T. WaltonOn June 6, after graduating with their fellow students, thirteen MIT ROTC cadets were commissioned as officers into their respective branch of service. The Commissioning is the culmination of four years of training and the beginning of a term of service. In front of an audience of more than one hundred people, Dean Dennis Freeman commended the “next generation of leaders” on their accomplishments and Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart thanked the ROTC students “for enriching the fabric of the MIT student community, for representing the core MIT values of excellence, integrity and service, and for your service to our country.”

    The cadets were commissioned by the guest of honor, Major General James T. Walton. Major General Walton is the commander of the 311th Signal Command and is serving as the U.S. Army, Pacific Deputy Chief of Staff. He is also an MIT alumnus, receiving both a Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a PhD in Operations Research from MIT.  In his speech, Major General Walton expressed the importance of family, all of the love, courage, and support that they have given over the years, and how it is still important to remember them for all that they still do. He also told the newly commissioned officers to remember the core values, to stand by them, and to use them as a guide for decision-making...

  • The DUE/UAAP and invited guests honored the accomplishments of seven exceptional freshman advisors at a special ceremony on May 14, 2014. Recipients were selected from a pool of nominations by freshman advisees, associate advisors, and faculty expressing a myriad of reasons their candidate deserved a 2013-2014 Advisor Award. The nominations spoke to the important role faculty advisors have served in supporting and influencing the experience of students.

    At the ceremony, Dean Denny Freeman reiterated his priority to ensure that first-year students have the opportunity to engage with and get to know faculty on a personal basis. Student feedback underscores that relationships with faculty are critical, not only in advising and guiding students, but also in helping them think through their academic plans, pursue internships and global experiences, engage in UROP, and contemplate life beyond MIT, whether it be graduate school or professional work.

    The following outstanding faculty advisors received awards in seven distinct categories...

  • Every year, the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP) solicits nominations from UROP students for the UROP Mentor of the Year Awards. An award is presented each year to one MIT faculty member and one graduate student/non-faculty UROP supervisor who have demonstrated exceptional guidance and teaching in a research setting.

    Many nominations were submitted, making the selection highly competitive. This year’s Outstanding UROP Mentors are:


    That was then...

    The first year MIT awarded degrees was 1868, when a total of 14 Bachelor of Science diplomas were presented to graduating seniors.


    This is now...

    Students graduating in Killian Court

    In Academic Year 2014, the Institute awarded a total of 3,479 degrees:

  • MIT Solar TeamMIT’s Solar Electric Vehicle Team will be headed to Austin, Texas, in mid-July for the American Solar Challenge with their latest incarnation, “Valkyrie.”

    “It’s a race car, so there is only enough room for one person to sit in it to drive,” says freshman Michelle Chao of Houston, Texas, who will be one of the drivers on the road trip from Austin to St. Paul, Minn.

    “There is a lead car that makes sure we are going the correct route and there is a chase car behind,” Chao says. “We also have a truck and trailer.” The rest of the team members are available for pit stops and maintenance.

    The solar team is supported by the Edgerton Center at MIT and this year the Materials Processing Center is contributing $3,000 to the effort.