2018 Young Investigator Awards

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 10:15am

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently announced awards of $16 million through its 2018 Young Investigator Program (YIP). The awards were made to 31 scientists whose research holds strong promise across a wide range of naval-relevant science and technology areas.

Among the 5 winners...

Investing in Tech That’s Worth the Wait

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 11:15am

Innovations in fields like energy and transportation often take time—and extra support—to develop. The Engine at MIT is helping them make the leap from the lab to the marketplace.

Liquid separation wouldn’t top most people’s lists of world-changing technologies. But consider this: every...

Seeking materials that match the brain

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 11:00am

Polina Anikeeva was born in Leningrad, USSR, but grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia; the city’s name reverted to its original form after the fall of the Soviet Union. While in school there, she encountered two inspiring scientists who helped propel her toward a career at MIT, where she now...

Getting to the heart of carbon nanotube clusters

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 11:00am

Integrating nanoscale fibers such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into commercial applications, from coatings for aircraft wings to heat sinks for mobile computing, requires them to be produced in large scale and at low cost. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is a promising approach to manufacture CNTs...

Professors Belcher and Shao-Horn became members of the National Academy of Engineering

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 2:15pm

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 83 new members and 16 foreign members, announced NAE President C. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr., today.  This brings the total U.S. membership to 2,293 and the number of foreign members to 262.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is...

J-WEL grant award announcement and call for proposals in education innovation

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 2:00pm

The Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) is a new MIT initiative that promotes excellence and transformation in global education through three collaboratives: pre-K-12 (pK-12), Higher...

Jennifer Rupp: Engineering ceramics for renewable energy and information applications

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 1:45pm

Ensuring that her research contributes to society’s well-being is a major driving force for Jennifer Rupp. “Even if my work is fundamental, I want to think about how it can be useful for society,” says Rupp, the Thomas Lord Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Assistant...

Polina Anikeeva awarded 2018 Vilcek Prize

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 11:00am

Polina Anikeeva has been awarded a 2018 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. Awarded annually by the Vilcek Foundation, the $50,000 prizes recognize younger immigrants who have demonstrated exceptional promise early in their careers.


Ultrathin needle can deliver drugs directly to the brain

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 11:30am

MIT researchers have devised a miniaturized system that can deliver tiny quantities of medicine to brain regions as small as 1 cubic millimeter. This type of targeted dosing could make it possible to treat diseases that affect very specific brain circuits, without interfering with the normal...

A new approach to rechargeable batteries

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 11:45am

A type of battery first invented nearly five decades ago could catapult to the forefront of energy storage technologies, thanks to a new finding by researchers at MIT. The battery, based on electrodes made of sodium and nickel chloride and using a new type of metal mesh membrane, could be used...