News – 2019

2019 Collier Medal recipient Arman Rezaee (second from right), MIT PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, receives his award from Captain Craig Martin (left), MIT Police Chief John DiFava (second from left), and President L. Rafael Reif.  Photo: Justin Knight

Exceptional individuals receive 2019 MIT Excellence Awards and Collier Medal

Honors recognize extraordinary dedication to MIT’s goals, values, mission, and community.

Dasjon Jordan

Locally grown

Graduate student Dasjon Jordan brings neighborhood roots to urban planning.

MIT associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science Stefanie Jegelka, an IDSS affiliate, gives a talk at the 2019 Women in Data Science (WiDS) Cambridge conference entitled, "What Can Neural Networks Represent?"

Women in Data Science conference unites global community of researchers and practitioners

MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society co-hosted WiDS Cambridge, a daylong conference connecting data scientists across academia and industry.

"MIT is going to be the anchor of what we will know in this society as public interest technology," predicted Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, in a recent MIT panel discussion on ethics and artificial intelligence. "What MIT is doing will set the pace for every other university that wants to be relevant in the future."  Photo: Rose Lincoln

Making a path to ethical, socially beneficial artificial intelligence

Leaders from government, philanthropy, academia, and industry say collaboration is key to make sure artificial intelligence serves the public good.

In her keynote address, "Computing Is for Everyone," Harvey Mudd College President Maria Klawe emphasized the importance of attracting more women and underrepresented minorities to computer science and engineering.  Image: Lillie Paquette

Innovating at the speed of light

Symposium speakers describe how colleges must meet the challenges of a rapidly emerging environment in which "computing is for everyone."

Yazmin Guzman

Yazmin Guzman named 2019 Gates Cambridge Scholar

DUSP student will pursue an advanced degree in educational policy at Cambridge University.

Institute Professor Barbara Liskov (right) was one of the academic and industry leaders who participated in Tuesday’s “Perspectives from Luminaries” panel, part of the celebration of the new MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing. Professors Stefanie Mueller (left) and Vivienne Sze (center) moderated the panel.  Image: Lillie Paquette

Lighting the path

Luminaries in computing and cognition discuss their journeys and share their insights.

Lois Lilley Howe, Class of 1890, was the second female member (and first female fellow) of the American Institute of Architecture and served on the AIA’s Committee on Small Houses.

Constructing a place for female architects

When Lois Lilley Howe’s male colleagues left her architecture firm in 1900, she proved she didn’t need men to run a thriving practice.

Angela Belcher

Angela Belcher named head of the Department of Biological Engineering

Biomedical engineering and energy expert to succeed Doug Lauffenburger; with her appointment, half of MIT engineering departments will be headed by women.

Attendees of the 2018 Rising Stars in Chemical Engineering Workshop

Helping women in chemical engineering navigate academic careers

Inaugural Rising Stars in Chemical Engineering workshop seeks to increase the number of women who pursue faculty positions.

“Empowering passionate students to innovate in real problem areas for future mobility, via a unique innovation strategy championed by General Motors.”  - Will Dickson, Open Innovation, GM Engineering

What Makes a Problem Worth Solving

For students in STEM fields, a lot of time is spent discovering how to build solutions to problems – but how does one determine which problems are worth solving in the first place?

“Having representation from women, especially black women, in the [nuclear science and engineering] department was a huge factor in me wanting to come back,” says PhD candidate Raspberry Simpson.  Photo: Gretchen Ertl

From summer research program to PhD dissertation

Graduate student Raspberry Simpson’s scientific journey approaches fruition.

Soloist Dionne Shoffner performed two songs at the annual MLK Jr. Luncheon.  Image: Joseph Lee

MLK Luncheon: America’s bank of justice is overdrawn but not bankrupt

Rahsaan Hall of the ACLU’s Massachusetts branch delivers keynote at annual MIT event.

Assistant Professor M. Amah Edoh is the 2019 chair of the Isabelle de Courtivron Writing Prize committee.

Q&A: M. Amah Edoh on the Isabelle de Courtivron Writing Prize

The award honors writing related to immigrant, diaspora, bicultural, bilingual, and/or mixed-race experiences.

Kirk Kolenbrander

Kirk Kolenbrander to leave MIT after 29 years of service

Longtime MIT vice president will lead development of engineering programs at Southern New Hampshire University.

Left to right: Jessica Zhu, Stewart Isaacs, and Casey Evans  Photos: William Litant

Three graduate students named 2019 Aviation Week “20 Twenties”

Casey Evans, Stewart Isaacs, and Jessica Zhu are honored for outstanding academic performance, civic contributions, and research.

Protesters laid on the floor in the area connecting Lobby 7 and the Infinite Corridor to represent those who have died as a result of police brutality.

Black student groups hold die-in

About 60 students participated and 10 faculty and staff attended

Swastika drawn on Black History Month poster

MIT Police did not categorize the incident as a hate crime, Black Students’ Union plan to file a crime report

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When hate strikes

Leaders of the Black Students’ Union reflect on racist retaliation to BlackHack

The MIT LeaderShape program was held at the Salvation Army Wonderland Conference Center in Sharon, Massachusetts.

From vision to action

MIT’s LeaderShape program allows students to reflect, learn, and apply plans of action to make the world a better place.