• Jun. 10, 2015
      It’s an introduction to robotics – for some students, that’s all they need to know to get excited about the popular class that goes by the number 2.12. For a mechanical engineering student, it’s a...
  • Jun. 10, 2015
      A condensed version of a story by Courtney Humphries, MIT Technology Review   Uncomfortable shoes. Awkward crutches. Painful artificial limbs. When technology meets biology, the interface is rarely...
  • Jun. 10, 2015
    MechE/EECS alumna Helen Greiner (SB ‘89, SM ‘90) is a household name – quite literally. She’s a co-developer of the famous robot vacuum, the Roomba, and co-founder of the Roomba’s producer, iRobot....
  • Jun. 10, 2015
    Albert Wang has had robots on his mind for a long time. “When I was about four years old,” he recalls, “I dreamt about building a robot vacuum. I remember wandering around the house, while my parents...
  • Jun. 10, 2015
    All you have to do is think about it. Or at least that’s what it would look like to someone watching you use the robotic finger system that PhD student Faye Wu is designing in Professor Harry Asada’s...
  • Jun. 10, 2015
    Assistant Professor Alberto Rodriguez led a team in this past May’s Amazon Picking Challenge, winning second place out of 28 entrants for their robot. The challenge, whose judging panel included...
  • Jun. 1, 2015
    The image that comes to mind when you hear Professor John Leonard describe his dream of developing a robot that is what he calls “a lifelong learner” is so cinematic it’s almost hard to believe: “...
  • Mar. 9, 2015
    Engineering was in Domitilla Del Vecchio’s blood from the very beginning: Growing up in Rome as the daughter of an engineer, she spent long hours of her childhood tinkering and playing in her father’...
  • Feb. 26, 2015
    The blue-rayed limpet is a tiny mollusk that lives in kelp beds along the coasts of Norway, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Portugal, and the Canary Islands. These diminutive organisms — as small as a...
  • Feb. 18, 2015
    Here’s one way to get kids excited about programming: a "robot garden" with dozens of fast-changing LED lights and more than 100 origami robots that can crawl, swim, and blossom like flowers. A team...
  • Feb. 16, 2015
    Just one minute with Professor Alexander Slocum and you can see why his course 2.75 is so popular – and successful. He has a way of inciting passion and excitement in his students while imbuing them...
  • Feb. 2, 2015
    As a grape slowly dries and shrivels, its surface creases, ultimately taking on the wrinkled form of a raisin. Similar patterns can be found on the surfaces of other dried materials, as well as in...
  • Jan. 13, 2015
    One day in the 1990s, as he was riding home from high school in São Paulo, Tonio Buonassisi looked out the bus window at the Brazilian city’s long lines of traffic, and its smoggy haze. In that...
  • Jan. 8, 2015
    Back in 2009, alumna Jodie Wu ’09 launched Global Cycle Solutions (GCS) in Tanzania to bring small-scale farmers an innovative product she designed in MIT’s D-Lab: a bike-mounted maize sheller....
  • Dec. 13, 2014
    Elliot Avila (SB ’14) is a recent graduate of the Department of Mechanical Engineering who has a particular interest in the developing world. As an undergraduate student in D-Lab, he traveled to...
  • Dec. 13, 2014
      Alumna Megan Smith, CTO of the United States. Courtesy of White House. Megan Smith received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1986 and 1988, respectively....
  • Dec. 13, 2014
    MechE faculty members are engineering for global change through their research, but that’s not the only way to make the world a better place. Several are also collaborating with international...
  • Dec. 13, 2014
    When PhD candidate John Lewandowski started working on a low-cost device for the rapid diagnosis of malaria as a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), it was already a fairly...
  • Dec. 13, 2014
    Designing products for the developing world can be a hit-or-miss endeavor: While there may be a dire need for products addressing problems such as access to clean water, sanitation, and electricity,...
  • Dec. 13, 2014
    You’ve probably heard of MechE alum and Associate Professor Hugh Herr (SM ’93), head of the Biomechatronics group at MIT Media Lab. The TED Talk he gave earlier this year sparked a flurry of media...

Pages