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A “failed experiment” became a life-saving discovery by MIT Professor Ioannis V. Yannas and his colleague Dr. John Burke when their search for a better way to treat severe burn victims led to the discovery of organ regeneration.
As overpopulation and lack of rainfall fuel a crisis-level need in rural India for affordable drinking water, PhD candidate Natasha Wright and Assistant Professor Amos Winter work to design a low-cost desalination system, guided by insight from their extensive in-the-field research.
Pedro Reis' work focuses on the mechanics of large deformations of thin structures, towards devising novel functionalities over a wide range of length scales, from the very small to the very large.
Alberto Rodriguez and his team have built a robotic arm that can assess a bin of random objects and determine the best way to grip and sort the item, offering new solutions for warehouse sorting or clearing debris.
Alum Dennis Orgill SM ’80, PhD ’83 applies the mechanical engineering principles he learned at MIT to the operating room.
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