• Dec. 3, 2013
    Four MIT seniors — Kate Koch, Colleen Loynachan, Kirin Sinha, and Grace Young — are among 34 new winners nationwide of prestigious Marshall Scholarships, which support two years of graduate study in...
  • Nov. 11, 2013
    When an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011, knocking out emergency power supplies, crews sprayed seawater on the reactors to cool them — to no avail. One...
  • Nov. 5, 2013
    The concept of a market-based mechanism to curb emissions of greenhouse gases — and thus slow the pace of climate change — has often been suggested in recent decades. But one particular version of...
  • Oct. 7, 2013
    If you take a stroll past the MIT Sailing Pavilion on Memorial Drive, you may see, among the usual glut of sailboats on the Charles River, two red child-sized kayaks riding the waves. Instead of the...
  • Oct. 2, 2013
    In a completely unexpected finding, MIT researchers have discovered that tiny water droplets that form on a superhydrophobic surface, and then “jump” away from that surface, carry an electric charge...
  • Sep. 20, 2013
    Steam condensation is key to the worldwide production of electricity and clean water: It is part of the power cycle that drives 85 percent of all electricity-generating plants and about half of all...
  • Jun. 26, 2013
        Melinda Hale Allison Yost   by Alissa Mallinson   Entrepreneurs abound in MechE, but they couldn’t do it without the MIT entrepreneurial community, comprising an army of faculty, students, and...
  • Jun. 12, 2013
    “When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” A version of this quote, originally penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in “The Case-...
  • May. 30, 2013
    From the Fukushima tsunami disaster to the Deep Water Horizon oil spill, environmental disasters exact all-too-memorable damage to coastal communities. Imagine if it was possible to predict the exact...
  • Apr. 25, 2013
    Offshore wind could provide abundant electricity — but as with solar energy, this power supply can be intermittent and unpredictable. But a new approach from researchers at MIT could mitigate that...
  • Aug. 3, 2012
    Professor Varanasi’s Condiment-Bottle Coating Gives Waste the Slip   Photo: Courtesy of the Varanasi Research Group by Alissa Mallinson   The Varanasi Research Group, led by Associate Professor...
  • Aug. 3, 2012
    Graduating Senior Lays Groundwork for Locating Fresh Water Sources     Photo credit: MIT News Office by Nancy Adams   Submarine groundwater discharge, or SGD, describes water flowing underground...
  • Dec. 5, 2011
      Peter Lehner (SB ’49)   Peter Lehner had always been interested in mechanics, even as a teenager. He loved rebuilding old cars and wanted to become an aircraft engineer after college. “I knew a...
  • Dec. 5, 2011
    Tiny robots may monitor underground pipes for radioactive leaks.   A spherical robot equipped with a camera may navigate underground pipes of a nuclear reactor by propelling itself with an internal...
  • Dec. 5, 2011
    MechE Teams Up with Sloan to Offer New Track in Ocean Systems Management   The Ocean Engineering Systems Management track will provide future managers in the shipping industry with both business...

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