Nelly Rosario ‘94 Bridges Science and Writing
Slice of MIT MIT Alumni Association
Kristala L. J. Prather
Kristala Prather has been named 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. MIT news
15-Yr-Old Kelvin Doe Wows MIT - mentored by David Sengeh (Ph.D. student, MIT Media Lab) http://youtu.be/XOLOLrUBRBY
Graduate 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. MIT news
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. http://irvingmbirmingham.weebly.com
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. Spectrum
Shirley Ann Jackson PhD '73
CARIBBEAN SCIENCE FOUNDATION Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE)
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 Video
In 2014, approximately 20 students will participate free of charge, owing to generous support from sponsors. SPISE 2014 will run from July 19 to August 16. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age but less than 18 years of age on July 1, 2014, and have completed CSEC exams or equivalent in math and science subjects. Students from low-income households and girls are encouraged to apply. Student, Teaching Assistant and Instructor application forms are posted on the CSF website (http://caribbeanscience.org/projects/spise.php). Student applications are due on March 31, 2014. For students, letters of recommendation, transcripts and essays are required. Students living outside of Barbados must prove that they have valid passports at the time their application is submitted. Students will be notified of acceptance by May 1, 2014.
earns tenure MIT Department of Chemical Engineering
Paula T. Hammond
, the David H. Koch Professor in Engineering
Paula T. Hammond, the David H. Koch Professor in Engineering elected this year to the prestigious honorary society American Academy of Arts and Sciences. MIT news
Phillip Howard Daniel ’13
– MIT Student Initiative to Promote STEM – Funding Sought
From Phillip Howard Daniel ’13
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. kickstarter.com
Arthur Musah ’04
Arthur Musah ’04 film, One 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 Kickstartercampaign 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.