News: Undergrads

2018 MADMEC Results

Technology that uses light to clean water filtration systems in real time won the 2018 MADMEC competition on Oct. 9. The team that developed the system, Fiat Flux, received the…   more

DMSE Faculty host summer undergraduate researchers

From simulating the physics of spinning magnetic particles to fabricating new materials for infrared chemical sensing, MIT Materials Research Laboratory summer researchers will challenge themselves to learn new skills and develop new scientific insights. A diverse group of top-performing…   more

3.042 teaches prototyping, communication, and collaboration

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…   more

Commencement Awards 2018

Undergraduate Award Recipients Outstanding Sophomore - Pooja Reddy Julian Szekely Award - Alexander Denmark Outstanding Senior - Emma Vargo Undergraduate Teaching Award - Ximena Hasbach and Emma Vargo Joseph M. Dhosi Outstanding Internship…   more

Emma Vargo receives Henry Ford II Scholarship

Emma Vargo was the recipient of the 2018 Henry Ford II Scholarship. Established by a grant from the Ford Motor Company in 1977, the Henry Ford II Scholarship is awarded annually, honoring an undergraduate who, at the end of their third year of study at MIT, has achieved the highest academic…   more

2 DMSE Students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa for 2018

The Xi Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa voted to invite 76 members of the Class of 2018 to membership in the Society in recognition of their excellent academic records and commitment to the objectives of a liberal education. Among those invited were two DMSE students: Amelia Paine and Emma Vargo.…   more

DMSE will join NEET in 2018

The beginning of academic year 2017 marked the start of a new program called the New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) which provides interdepartmental courses for students interested in combining disciplines that may not have formalized crossovers available in the curriculum. 
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3.001 Added to Course Roster

For the academic year 2017, a new subject was available for students interested in learning how the research of DMSE faculty members relates to introductory materials science concepts. The new subject, 3.001, is a weekly presentation by various DMSE faculty members.  For students, the…   more

MIT expands partnership with Imperial College London

Building on the success of existing partnerships, MIT’s Global Education and Career Development (GECD) is significantly expanding its academic exchange with Imperial College London, while continuing to grow the Imperial summer research exchange. Twelve MIT departments will now take part in one…   more

Science on Saturday: Materials with Magical Properties

Science on Saturday presents: Materials with Magical Properties
February 3, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm
Science on Saturday is a free, 60-minute presentation with fun demonstrations in which students can volunteer. Each Saturday morning program is open…   more

DMSE Senior awarded 2018 Schwarzman Scholarship

DMSE Senior Katheryn "Kate" Scott was selected as a Schwarzman Scholar and will begin postgraduate studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing next fall. Schwarzman Scholars are chosen based on demonstrated leadership qualities and potential to bridge and understand cultural and political…   more

Hydrogel that extracts uranium from water wins MADMEC

An inexpensive hydrogel that can extract uranium from water to provide more fuel for nuclear power plants took home the grand prize from this year’s MADMEC competition on Oct. 10. A team of MIT materials science and engineering students, named A Salt Solution, won $10,000 for a prototype…   more

AFFOA offers special backpacks to class of 2021

The class of 2021 received a special welcoming gift from MIT this year: specially designed backpacks created by Yoel Fink's Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA). A unique code is woven into the fabric material of the backpack given to each first-year student. Unlike a QR code,…   more

Olivetti Group Publishes Paper in MURJ

DMSE's Olivetti Group makes an appearance in MURJ, the MIT Undergraduate Research Journal, for a paper titled Assessing the Criticality of Germanium as a Byproduct. Pg. 40-42 …   more

Making Medallions at MIT

While MIT seniors are preparing to receive their diplomas, DMSE seniors are preparing to receive an additional graduation gift. Each year, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering gives its graduating students a bronze medallion of the MIT seal. These medallions are entirely…   more

3.042 Final Presentations

All are invited to the 3.042 final presentations, Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 2 pm in the Chipman Room (6-104). 3.042 is “Materials Project Laboratory,” which serves as the capstone design course in the course 3 curriculum. There are four teams this semester, presenting at the following…   more

DMSE Students Participate in Tokyo Exchange Program

MIT is participating in a new exchange program with the University of Tokyo during the 2017 Spring Semester. Two DMSE students decided to take advantage of the opportunity, and both students have nothing but positive things to say about their experiences. Jessica Sun ’18 and Erick…   more

MADMEC Proposal Deadline

The 2017 MADMEC Proposal Deadline is May 31, 2017. You and your team can apply on the MADMEC website at …   more

MIT Awards Ceremony 2017

  Laya and Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art AwardsRachel Osmundsen ‘ 17  Earll M. Murman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising - Elsa Olivetti Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching…   more