GMC announces 2015 awards

Monday, May 25, 2015 - 4:30pm

The Graduate Materials Council has announced the 2015 faculty awards.

Best Advisor is Prof. Alfredo Alexander-Katz

Best Teacher is Prof. Michael Demkowicz

The awards are determined by vote after all DMSE grad students have the opportunity to...

Microfluidic cell-squeezing device opens new possibilities for cell-based vaccines.

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 4:15pm

MIT researchers have shown that they can use a microfluidic cell-squeezing device to introduce specific antigens inside the immune system’s B cells, providing a new approach to developing and implementing antigen-presenting cell vaccines.

Such vaccines, created by reprogramming a patient’...

Newly tenured DMSE faculty

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 3:30pm

Please congratulate the two DMSE faculty who have been awarded tenure this year:

Alfredo Alexander-Katz, the Walter Henry Gale (1929) Career Development Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research combines theory and simulations to develop a deep...

MADMEC teams competing in MIT Clean Energy Prize

Monday, May 11, 2015 - 2:30pm

Update: Congratulations to CoolFlux who won their division. More details as we have them.

Both Coolflux (formerly Coolcrete) and AquaFresco from MADMEC 2014 are Grand Finalists in this year's MIT Clean Energy Prize! This means that they are in the final 6 teams of a 21-team...

Materials science and neuroscience

Monday, May 4, 2015 - 11:30am

Various powerful new tools for exploring and manipulating the brain have been developed over the last few years. Some use electronics, while others use light or chemicals. Professor Polina Anikeeva's research has potential to change how medicine treats people with brain disorders and to change...

Bendable glass devices

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 4:45pm

A special class of glass materials known as chalcogenide glasses holds promise for speeding integration of photonic and electronic devices with functions as diverse as data transfer and chemical sensing. Juejun "JJ" Hu, the Merton C. Flemings Assistant Professor in Materials Science and...

MRS Medal recipients announced

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 10:15am

At the 2015 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco, two DMSE grad students were honored; Neelkanth Bardhan received the MRS Gold Graduate Student Award for a presentation on "Biologically-Templated Nanomolecular Probes for High-Resolution in vivo Sensing and Detection," and Priyank Kumar was...

Materials science to examine beetle defense mechanisms

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 11:15am

How some beetles produce a scalding defensive spray

New analysis shows how bombardier beetles produce an explosive defensive chemical jet.

Bombardier beetles, which exist on every continent except Antarctica, have a pretty easy life. Virtually no other animals prey...

Making Science and Engineering Pictures: A Practical Guide to Presenting Your Work

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 10:45am

Felice Frankel, a renowned science photographer, is an instructor in this edX course on how to communicate science and engineering through photography. Enrollment is open now and the class...

Phi Beta Kappa Electees announced

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 9:45am

The Xi Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa voted to invite 90 members of the Class of 2015 to membership in the Society in recognition of their excellent academic records and commitment to the objectives of a liberal education. The annual Phi Beta Kappa lecture and initiation ceremony will be held on...