Professor Wesley Harris
Wesley Harris, the Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, gave the keynote speech at Princeton University's Martin Luther King Day celebration on Jan. 18 in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. The annual event honors the legacy of the civil rights leader. Harris was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in engineering at Princeton, in 1968. Among many positions at MIT, he served as associate provost for faculty equity from 2008-13 and as head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics from 2003-08.
RPI President Shirley Ann Jackson Named Recipient of National Medal of Science
December 22, 2015 - By SCER Staff - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The White House today announced that President Barack Obama has selected The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., to receive the National Medal of Science, the highest honor for scientific achievement bestowed by the United States government. The award recognizes individuals deserving of special recognition for their outstanding cumulative contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or behavioral or social sciences, in service to the nation. news.rpi.edu
Black student leaders present recommendations for a more inclusive MIT
Members of MIT’s Black Students’ Union (BSU) and the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) believe that at a moment of great national pain around the question of how black and other minority students experience life at universities, MIT has an opportunity and an obligation to take a firm stand in favor of inclusion. Toward that end, they are working together with MIT’s senior administration to find ways to make MIT more welcoming and inclusive for all. MIT News | The Recommendations
Christopher Rose '79, SM '81, PhD '85 - Brown University Professor of Engineering
As professor of engineering, Christopher Rose will continue his work in communications theory. As associate dean of the faculty, he will cobble together multidisciplinary faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate student teams by building on what he sees as the unusual technical breadth of underrepresented minorities in STEM disciplines. News from Brown
Paula T. Hammond '84, PhD '93, the David H. Koch Professor in Engineering, has been named the new head of the Department of Chemical Engineering (ChemE), effective July 13. She is the first woman and first person of color appointed to the post. MIT News
Larry Sass SM ’94, PhD ’00, MacGregor House - New Housemaster - Three undergraduate communities to welcome new housemasters this fall MIT News
23 of the most powerful women engineers in the world: Aprille Ericsson, program manager at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Ericsson is widely known as the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Click here to read more.
Does this face look familiar? Valerie Jarrett’s ancestor honored with stamp. Valerie Jarrett talks about her great-grandfather,
Robert Robinson Taylor '92, after she unveiled the postage stamp at the National Postal Museum Thursday.
The Washington Post
- Krissah Thompson
On February 5, the National Academy of Engineering announced that Emery N. Brown, the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and Computational Neuroscience at MIT, and the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Prof. Brown is one of only 19 people elected to all 3 branches of the National Academies (Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering). Prof. Brown, the first African American and the first anesthesiologist elected to all three branches of the National Academies, is recognized “for development of neural signal processing algorithms for understanding memory encoding and modeling of brain states of anesthesia.”
Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest
professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.
National Academy of Engineering
MIT welcomes seven new MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars
Lorraine Goffe-Rush named vice president for human resources
MIT news - Vice
chancellor at Washington University in St. Louis will join MIT in February.
Kerry Bowie '94, MBA '06 Cleaning Up After Massachusetts' Toxic Past
R. Erich Caulfied SM '01, PhD '06 Best of New Orleans Gambit's
40 Under 40
Dr. Cato Laurencin PhD '87 Wins National Institutes of Health
Phillip Daniel S.B. '13 S.M. Candidate '15 Department of
Mechanical Engineering --- I posted a manual about a class I taught on
Instructables. It is called "DIY Solar Tracker", and my goal is to inspire young
students to pursue engineering. So far the manual has over 50,000 views, was
featured on the website's homepage, and was sent out over the Instructables
email list. I would appreciate it if you checked it out, shared it and voted for
me in the contest if you feel so inclined!
PhD student Niaja Farve combines research, entrepreneurship, outreach, and indefatigable drive. MIT news
Herbert C. Buchanan, Jr. '80 has been appointed as the new president of both IU Health Methodist and University hospitals.
Faculty highlight: Paula Hammond --- Engineering tiny paths to cancer treatment, bone regrowth, and wound healing, Paula Hammond serves as an exemplary researcher-educator within the MIT community.
MIT researchers have devised a novel cancer treatment that destroys tumor cells by first disarming their defenses, then hitting them with a lethal dose of DNA damage.
In studies with mice, the research team showed that this one-two punch, which relies on a nanoparticle that carries two drugs and releases them at different times, dramatically shrinks lung and breast tumors. The MIT team, led by Michael Yaffe, the David H. Koch Professor in Science, and
Paula Hammond, the David H. Koch Professor in Engineering, describe the findings in the May 8 online edition of Science Signaling.
Dr. Karl W. Reid '84, SM '85
National Society of Black Engineers Selects Karl W. Reid as Executive Director
Justin Bullock '14 nears the finish of four years of research and running at MIT, turning next to medical school.
Reggie Van Lee '79, SM '80
Mega fix: Big names unite to fix racial disparities in STEM education,
Anthropologist Erica James examines the effectiveness of aid to those on the margins of society.
Emery Brown, the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and professor of computational neuroscience named to National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
Bridges Science and Writing - Slice
MIT Alumni Association
Kristala Prather has been named a MacVicar Fellow. The MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program recognizes MIT faculty who have made exemplary and sustained contributions to the teaching and education of undergraduates at the Institute.
Together the Fellows form a small academy of scholars committed to exceptional instruction and innovation in education.
15-Yr-Old Kelvin Doe Wows MIT - mentored by David Sengeh (Ph.D. student, MIT
Media Lab) http://youtu.be/XOLOLrUBRBY
student David Sengeh gives back to Sierra Leone
Media Lab doctoral student created a competition to help youth in his home
country create their own solutions.
Irving McKenzie Birmingham '96
Irving McKenzie Birmingham passed away unexpectedly on February 14, 2014. He leaves behind his wife, Susana, his four children, Rebecca, Andy, Ana Lucia and McKenzie Rose, his
mother, Sallie Birmingham, sister Camille Birmingham, and a loving extended family. Irving was a loving and dedicated son, husband, and father, and a joy to those blessed to have him in their lives. May he rest in peace.
In Larry Sass’s vision of the future, new buildings will rise faster, use fewer
resources, cost less, and be more delightful to the eye than ever before. This
transformation will be made possible through digital fabrication, a new delivery
system for buildings that will enable architects to send computer-designed plans
directly to manufacturing—perhaps soon to be 3-D printed.
Shirley Ann Jackson PhD '73
Shirley Ann Jackson PhD '73 was an MIT undergraduate preparing for
graduate school when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. In this
video, which is excerpted from the Infinite History project, Jackson remembers
how King's life influenced her decision to stay at MIT and work for racial
equality at the Institute. Jackson became the first African American woman to
earn a doctorate from MIT and later became Chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory
Commission. Today she is the President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. MIT
MIT Department of Chemical Engineering
Paula T. Hammond
, the David H. Koch Professor in
Engineering elected this to the prestigious honorary society American
Academy of Arts and Sciences. MIT
Phillip Howard Daniel ’13
– MIT Student Initiative to
Promote STEM – Funding Sought
We believe that the best way to inform students about engineering, and inspire
them to pursue it, is to expose them through hands on engineering projects.
However, many schools in underprivileged areas can’t afford conventional
projects to supplement their curriculum. The result is that the engineering
discipline is un-diverse both culturally and economically. Helios is a “Do it
yourself” kit that harnesses the sun to inspire students to explore engineering
early in their academic careers. Universities and industry partners are willing
to financially support programs that will lead to a more diverse, technical
employee base, from conversations with MIT faculty and Raytheon and Lockheed
Martin representatives. The key to changing this metric is to inspire students
with fun and informative projects that have real world analogs, such as Helios.
Arthur Musah ’04
Day I Too Go Fly,
follows students from Tanzania, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe as they seek to
become engineers—they are majoring in civil engineering, chemical engineering,
and electrical engineering and computer science—and make their way in America.
Musah has launched a
to fund the upcoming year of the four-year project. Filming in Cambridge and in
Africa, Musah aims to uncover how the relationships these students have with
their home countries evolve and how their time at MIT influences their dreams to
make an impact on the world.