News – 2019

Michael Bloomberg, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and three-term New York City mayor, addressed the Class of 2019 during MIT’s commencement ceremony on June 7.

Michael Bloomberg's Commencement address

Entrepreneur, philanthropist announces new climate initiative, says climate crisis "is unlike any other ever faced by humankind."

MIT President L. Rafael Reif delivers his charge to the Class of 2019.  Images: Dominick Reuter

President L. Rafael Reif’s charge to the Class of 2019

“As you strive to hack the world, please try to heal the world, too,” Reif urges graduates.

Michael Bloomberg, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and three-term New York City mayor, addressed the Class of 2019 during MIT’s commencement ceremony on June 7. ““All of you are part of an amazing institution that has proven — time and time again —that human knowledge and achievement is limitless,” he said.  Image: Dominick Reuter

MIT class of 2019 witnesses $500 million climate pledge

Michael Bloomberg announces new Beyond Carbon initiative in his Commencement address.

Squire Booker PhD ’94, the Evan Pugh Professor of chemistry and of biochemistry and molecular biology and Eberly Family Distinguished Chair in Science at Penn State University, gave the keynote address at MIT’s Investiture of Doctoral Hoods and Degree Conferral ceremony on June 6, 2019.  Image: Dominick Reuter

At doctoral ceremony, a strong call to provide opportunity for all

Biochemist Squire Booker PhD ’94 says MIT’s new doctoral graduates will “grow as future leaders” by giving back.

Left to right: Vice Chancellor Ian Waitz, Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart, and Vice President and Dean for Student Life Suzy Nelson  Photo: Andrew Xia

3Q: Ian Waitz on progress in enhancing the undergraduate and graduate student experience

Informed by data and community input, Waitz is making inroads into issues like financial insecurity among graduate students and undergraduate major exploration.

MIT grad student Steven Gonzalez is showing that the cloud is neither distant nor ephemeral: It’s a massive system, ubiquitous in daily life, that contains huge amounts of energy, has the potential for environmental disaster, and is operated by an insular community of expert technicians.  Photo: Jon Sachs/MIT SHASS Communications

Communities in the cloud

PhD student Steven Gonzalez studies cloud computing with the eye of an anthropologist.

Residents of MIT's McCormick Hall celebrate the launch of a new craft studio.  Photo: Maisie O'Brien

For the women of McCormick, a new space in which to create

MIT residence hall opens a craft studio to promote creativity and belonging.

MIT Professor Daniela Rus, director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, kicked off an all-female lineup of speakers at TEDxMIT.  Photo: Jason Dorfman/MIT CSAIL

CSAIL hosts first-ever TEDxMIT

Speakers — all women — discuss everything from gravitational waves to robot nurses.

Professor Timothy Jamison

Professor Timothy Jamison named to new associate provost position

Newly created role will foster diversity, inclusion, equity, and positive climate; search for new ICEO will expand.

April FAIL! Conference speakers: (left to right) Kirsty Bennett, manager of MITell; Susan Silbey, MIT professor of humanities, sociology, and anthropology; Regina Bateson, MIT assistant professor of political science; Amanda Bosh, MIT astronomer and planetary scientist; Amy Edmonson, Harvard Business School professor of leadership and management; and Chengzhao Zhang, MIT graduate student and co-founder of the FAIL! initiative.  Photo: Maisie O'Brien

MIT students organize FAIL! ― an initiative to destigmatize failure and build resilience

FAIL! brings together prominent scholars to share the challenges and missteps that led them to where they are today.

“I try to understand how policy makers and negotiators think, explore current nuclear challenges, and then try to evolve technical frameworks to meet the world as it is,” says Mareena Robinson Snowden PhD '17.  Photo: Leslie Jean

Plotting new paths to a nuclear “yes”

Nuclear science and engineering alumna Mareena Robinson Snowden PhD '17 devises new solutions for problems of arms control and proliferation.

(l-r) Julie Shah, Melissa Nobles  Images: Jose-Luis Olivares, MIT; Richard Howard

3 Questions: The social implications and responsibilities of computing

In helping envision the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, working group is focusing on ethical and societal questions.

Noopur (back row, second from left) with NIEPMD staff and clients

Humanizing speech in the deaf-blind community

Sophomore Noopur Ranganathan's work empowers those with visual and auditory impairments to take communication into their own hands.

Jessica Quaye (center) stands with friends after receiving the Albert G. Hill Prize and Laya W. Wiesner Award at the 2019 Awards Convocation.  Photo: Heath Photography

MIT celebrates a year of excellence at the 2019 Awards Convocation

Students, groups, faculty, staff, and community members are honored for their achievements and dedication to MIT.

MIT President L. Rafael Reif and Solve Executive Director Alex Amouyel recognize Solver teams on stage.  Photo: Adam Schultz/MIT Solve

MIT Solve convenes leaders to scale global social impact

Solve at MIT 2019 connects cross-sector leaders to accelerate tech startups addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems.

Lydia Snover, Director of Institutional Research at MIT.  Image: Melanie Gonick, MIT

3 Questions: The fact finders

Lydia Snover and her Institutional Research team gather data to help the Institute to study itself.

MIT researchers have developed a computational model that could enhance video game simulations designed to facilitate training for teachers and students who might encounter racial issues in the classroom.  Image: screenshot from "Passage Home VR"

Virtual reality game simulates experiences with race

A novel computational model that considers how users have been conditioned to think about race might facilitate training for teachers and students.

In his new book, John Urschel, former Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman and current PhD candidate in mathematics at MIT, chronicles his life, lived between math and football.

Grad student John Urschel tackles his lifelong balance of math and football in new memoir

“Being capable of thinking quantitatively — it’s the single most important thing,” says the former NFL lineman.

The MIT Materials Research Science and Engineering Center hosted 26 Boston-area high school girls for a solar cell building activity during the Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) in the City program. The girls measured the voltage and current output of their cells with a multimeter.

Local high school girls build dye-sensitized solar cells at MIT

MRL Materials Research Science and Engineering Center encourages studies in science, engineering, and technology.

Stephon Henry-Rerrie  Image: Jake Belcher

From science class to the stock exchange

“I’m all about finding connections,” says senior Stephon Henry-Rerrie about his path from engineering to the financial sector.