3.042 teaches prototyping, communication, and collaboration

June 11, 2018

From cobalt-free, high-entropy alloys to synthetic goose down, the Materials Project Laboratory taught by Michael Tarkanian offers students a chance to explore, and to learn to be OK with not having all the answers.

All four of the student teams this semester assigned themselves steep challenges, says Michael J. Tarkanian, the lead instructor for the course. And that’s the whole point. “We want them to work as a team and design experiments and make informed decisions following the scientific method.” He says de Quesada’s team succeeded in making their alloys, characterizing them, and working to improve their properties, all of which, Tarkanian notes, is “a monumental amount to accomplish in three months.”

 Michael J. Tarkanian in the lab with MIT student Mindy Wu.

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