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  • D-Lab: real projects with real impact through community partnerships

  • F/ASIP programSince 1997, many MIT freshmen have assisted with cutting-edge research and projects on campus and in industry through F/ASIP, the Freshmen/Alumni Summer Internship Program. During the spring of their freshmen year, F/ASIP students participate in a graded seminar, SP.800, that offers career exploration and development training, cultivation of professional skills, and opportunities for finding a summer internship or research experience. This career exploration program and networking opportunity is exclusively for freshmen and is facilitated by Global Education and Career F/ASIP programDevelopment.

    Students can also choose to continue their career exploration through an additional summer course, SP.801, that helps students maximize their first internship or research experience. In the past, students have successfully participated in industry internships, UROPs, and MISTI programs the summer after their freshmen year. In 2015, F/ASIPers gained experience at a variety of locations such as Facebook University, Jane Street, University of Washington Center for Intelligent Materials and Systems, IDEO, Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, Energy-Efficient Multimedia Systems Group, and MISTI Chile.

    Do you know of a freshman who you think would be a potential candidate for the program? F/ASIP is a good fit for any MIT freshman who is interested in...

  • The Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation (CITE) at MIT has announced its 2016 product evaluations.

    The interdisciplinary program will bring together faculty and students from across MIT to evaluate at least three new types of products being used by people in developing countries, including solar water pumps, food aid packaging, and wheelchairs.

  • ‘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.

  • MIT team will race 3,000 km across the Australian Outback in October.

    An MIT team that boasts some notable alumni — including U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith ’86, SM ’88 and D-Lab founder and lecturer in mechanical engineering Amy Smith ’84, SM ’85 — has its eyes fixed on the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, a 3,000-km race across the Australian Outback that will take place in October.  

  • MISTI Global Teaching Labs has reached over 10,000 foreign high-school students with summer internships and research opportunities.

    The MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives program (MISTI) places over 500 MIT undergraduate and graduate students with international internship and research opportunities each summer. Through MISTI Global Teaching Labs (GTL), an experimental teaching program, nearly another 150 MIT students now travel abroad during MIT’s January Independent Activities Period (IAP) to teach science and engineering in foreign high schools.

  • As part of the MIT D-Lab: Development class, six students traveled to Peru in January to collaborate with peers from Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) on sustainable housing and energy projects for the village Rayampampa. Teams of students worked remotely throughout the semester running lab experiments and building prototypes in preparation for field work.

  • MIT has been awarded two major grants from the Amgen Foundation. The first will provide hands-on laboratory experience to undergraduate students through the Amgen Scholars Program. This marks the ninth year that MIT will participate in the program, which aims to inspire the next generation of innovators by providing undergraduates with hands-on summer research opportunities at many of the world’s premier educational institutions. The second grant awarded to MIT will support the Amgen Scholars Global/U.S.

  • Through the Edgerton Center’s clubs and teams program, students apply themselves to challenging projects, for competition and for their own edification and satisfaction. This year there were 13 student-led teams, with over 200 MIT students participating. Over the summer, the N51 shop–adjacent to the MIT Museum–was a hub of activity with students fine-tuning their projects for upcoming challenges. Here are some of the highlights of this summer's projects:

    • In June, the MIT Robotics team placed second in NASA’s Robo-Ops Competition at the Rock Yard at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. Teams in the event are challenged to build a planetary rover and demonstrate its capabilities to perform a series of tasks.Formula SAE team race car
    • The Formula SAE team (also known as MIT Motorsports) constructed their first electric car and placed seventh, in a field of 20, at the Society of Automotive Engineers Race in Lincoln, NE. The team is now building their second Formula-style electric car.
    • The Solar Electric Vehicle Team built their twelfth car, “Valkyrie,” and while they were not able to participate in the American Solar Challenge due to mechanical issues, they have set their sights on entering the 2015 World Solar Challenge with a new four-wheeled iteration of the solar car...
  • It was a busy summer for D-Lab students and community partners. Teams traveled to Columbia, Uganda, Haiti, and Ghana to work on a range of projects, from helping a school start a chicken coop business to setting up a computer lab with Raspberry Pi and used monitors. D-Lab Instructor Jessica Huang provides an update on the progress of each project.