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3.042 teaches prototyping, communication, and collaboration

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 11:15am

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...

MIT ranked #1 for 2018-19

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 12:15pm

For the seventh year in a row MIT has topped the QS World University Rankings, which were announced today.

The full 2018-19 rankings — published by Quacquarelli Symonds, an organization specializing in education and study abroad — can be found at ...

Two faculty members with expertise in materials characterization to join DMSE in 2018-19

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 12:45pm

Dr. Frances M. Ross and Prof. James M. LeBeau have recently accepted offers to join the MIT faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. 

Please join us in welcoming them to DMSE and to MIT!

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Revolutionizing everyday products with artificial intelligence

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 11:30am

“Who is Bram Stoker?” Those three words demonstrated the amazing potential of artificial intelligence. It was the answer to a final question in a particularly memorable 2011 episode of Jeopardy!. The three competitors were former champions Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings, and Watson, a...

How Native Civilizations Innovated to Conquer the Wilderness

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 11:30am

Did Native Americans wear the world’s first sneakers? Not exactly. “We didn’t invent Chuck Taylors,” says Duane Blue Spruce, a museum project manager. “But we did invent the chemical processes” for making rubber.

More than three millennia before Charles Goodyear ...

2018 MADMEC Proposals

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 11:45am

The MADMEC Proposal deadline for 2018 is swiftly approaching!! Get your proposals in before 5pm on May 31 to make sure you solidify your spot in the event! You can win cash prizes for placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. 

Materials science can provide solutions for energy storage, building...

How AI is helping us discover materials faster than ever

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 11:00am

One way of using AI is to create a “cookbook,” or a collection of recipes for materials. In two...

2018 Ross Coffin Purdy Award

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 10:45am

Ross Coffin Purdy, in whose honor this award is given, served The American Ceramic Society for 24 years as General Secretary and Editor of its publications. He was the recipient of many awards, a Fellow and Honorary Life Member, and President of the Society. Mr. Purdy was noted for his dynamic...

Profs. Hosler, Lechtman, and Ortony receive J-WAFs awards

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 9:45am

This year, seven new projects led by eleven faculty PIs across six MIT departments will be funded with two-year grants of up to $200,000, overhead free. The winning projects include a silk-based food safety sensor; research into climate vulnerability and resilience in agriculture using...

Broadening materials science outreach

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 9:45am

Regional employers are coping with too few qualified candidates for materials science-related jobs, MIT Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering ...