Michael J. Tarkanian

  • Senior Lecturer
  • 2000, SB Materials Science and Engineering, MIT
  • 2003, SM Materials Science and Engineering, MIT

Materials Processing; Fracture, Fatigue, and Failure of Materials; Material Culture; Metallurgy

Michael J. Tarkanian

Recent News

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…  

How Native Civilizations Innovated to Conquer the Wilderness

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 …  

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…  

10th Annual MADMEC Competition Results

The annual MADMEC competition run by DMSE Senior Lecturer Mike Tarkanian recently finished up its 10th year. Five strong teams competed for cash prizes by inventing new and created solutions to sustainability problems. Team PolyClean won first place for its clear, super hydrophobic coating. …  

Have we built a better engineer yet?

Senior Lecturer Mike Tarkanian talked with GrabCAD about engineering education. "He gave us his take on how today’s students are different than those in years past, and how digital mastery is helping some compensate for lack of hands-on experience. And he shared his thoughts on why we may…  

Unlocking the past with the future of imaging

"When the team of researchers investigating a 17th-century postal trunk full of undelivered letters presented at MIT in April, the audience was taken aback — not by the content of the 2,600 letters from all over Europe, but by the team’s approach. The 600 letters that were not only undelivered…  

Publications

2011

M. J. Tarkanian and Hosler, D., “America's First Polymer Scientists: Rubber Processing, Use, and Transport in Mesoamerica”, Latin American Antiquity, vol. 22. pp. 469-486, 2011.

2009

D. Hosler, Tarkanian, M. J., and Hessler, K., “Aspects of Metallurgy of Calixtlahuaca. Recent Research on the Introduction, Production, and Use of Metal in Mesoamerica”, in Fifty-Third International Conference of Americanists, Mexico City, 2009.

2001

M. J. Tarkanian and Hosler, D., “An Ancient Tradition Continued: Modern Rubber Processing in Mexico”, in The Sport of Life and Death: The Mesoamerican Ballgame, Charlotte: Thames & Hudson, 2001, pp. 116-121.

2000

M. J. Tarkanian and Hosler, D., “La elaboracion de hule en en el antiguo Mesoamerica”, Arqueologia Mexicana, vol. 8. pp. 54-57, 2000.

1999

D. Hosler, Burkett, S. L., and Tarkanian, M. J., “Prehistoric polymers: Rubber processing in ancient Mesoamerica”, Science, vol. 284. pp. 1988-1991, 1999.