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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
March 29, 2018

MIT News: around campus


A weekly digest of the Institute’s community news



Reimagining and rethinking engineering education


New MIT report takes a worldwide look at the future of how engineers are trained.




MIT hosts Saudi-U.S. innovation forum


Gathering focuses on spurring new directions for economic development.




Former Math Olympiad medalist embraces social entrepreneurship


MIT senior Mehmet Efe Akengin aims to innovate for the greater good.




Yuriy Roman: A chemical engineer pursuing renewable energy


MIT professor devises new ways to generate useful chemicals and fuels from renewable resources.




Professor Tom Leighton wins 2018 Marconi Prize


Akamai co-founder honored for pioneering content delivery network services industry.



In the Media



Dennis Overbye of The New York Times speaks with Prof. Sara Seager and senior research scientist George Ricker about the future of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS. The mission, led and operated by MIT, is preparing to orbit Earth for two years in search of other planets.




In this 3-minute read, Katharine Schwab of Co.Design highlights Assistant Prof. Brandon Clifford's project, Cyclopean Cannibalism. Updating an ancient building technique, "Clifford and his students have built algorithms that can...suggest a type of cyclopean wall design that would be able to transform any mound of debris into a wall," writes Schwab.




Mark Feeney writes for The Boston Globe about the exhibit “György Kepes Photographs: The MIT Years, 1946-1985,” which is on display at the MIT Museum through July 2018. This is the second show in a two-part series that celebrates the 50th anniversary of MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies, which Kepes founded as an Institute professor.



research & innovation



In field tests, device harvests water from desert air


MIT-developed system could provide drinking water even in extremely arid locations.




Scientists report first results from CUORE neutrino experiment


Data could shed light on why the universe has more matter than antimatter.




Paper-folding art inspires better bandages


Cutting kirigami-style slits in stretchy films could make for bandages, heat pads, and wearable electronics that adhere to flexible surfaces.



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