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New class for Spring 2011: 16.682: Technology in Transportation January 25, 2011

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An introduction to modern transportation technology and the evolution of human mobility. A direct application of the theory behind fuels, engines, batteries, electric drives and future possibilities in low-emission propulsion for air, land and sea transport. Basic elements of road vehicle engineering, aerodynamics and ship design are covered, along with port operations, navigation, radar and infrastructure logistics. Advanced concepts range from vehicle sensing, traffic modeling and hybrid controls to future opportunities in transportation.

More info available at https://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/16/sp11/16.682/index.html.

Engineering Summer Research Program at University of Wisconsin December 17, 2010

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This message includes information about the *Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) and Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program* at the University of Wisconsin Madison, College of Engineering. All applicants should have completed at least their sophomore year, have a GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, be U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled in an accredited college or university, and have a strong interest in a graduate degree in engineering or physical science.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) and Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is a ten week program running June 1 through August 5, 2011. Participants receive transportation to and from the program, a single room in a shared apartment, a small food plan, and a $5,000 stipend. Additional information along with a program application is available through the SURE/REU page at http://studentservices.engr.wisc.edu/diversity/sure/. The program recruits students from physical science backgrounds including engineering, physics, computer science, and chemistry.

Placements for the Summer of 2011 will begin January 15, consequently we encourage applications prior to that date (to better ensure students are placed in their specific research area of interest) or as soon as possible after that date and before February 15, 2011. Please note that not all students who apply will be invited to participate. All placements are subject to faculty approval and are often outside the control of the SURE/REU program staff.

Thank you in advance for your support of our program. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions about the SURE/REU Program or the University of Wisconsin Madison. I can be reached at (608) 263-4583 or kburton@engr.wisc.edu.

New Energy Class this Spring (Lottery in December) December 3, 2010

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We are pleased to announce a new class: 10.27, Energy Engineering Projects Laboratory. The class is limited to juniors and seniors, but for those of you who are freshmen and sophomores, it’s a good idea to plan ahead!

It will be officially added to the list of approved energy electives for the Minor next year. Seniors who take it this spring can petition for its use toward their Minor elective credits. For more information on petitioning, please contact me (cko@mit.edu). Please note a lottery will be held for participation in this class. Contact Professor Colton directly for more information (ckcolton@mit.edu).

Course description:

10.27 Energy Engineering Projects Laboratory
(Subject meets with 10.26, 10.29)
Prereq: 5.310 or 7.02; 10.302; or permission of instructor U (Spring)
3-8-5

Projects in applied energy engineering research. Students work in teams of three or four on one project for the term. Projects often suggested by local industry. Includes training in research planning and project management, execution of experimental work, data analysis, oral presentation skills and technical report writing, team-building, and integration of technical and social science issues. Intended for students with diverse technical backgrounds.

Preference to Energy Studies minors.

C. K. Colton, P. T. Hammond, K. F. Jensen, J. K. Kelleher, M. S. Strano

A wide variety of projects are currently being developed that are suitable for students from different technical disciplines in science and engineering. Representative project titles include the following:

  • Cleaning and recycling drilling fluid on drilling rigs
  • Ethanol production from starchy plants and lignocellulosic feedstocks
  • Engineering fuel cell systems and materials
  • Thermoelectric power from catalytic combustion
  • Exploiting photosynthesis for new biofuels
  • Lifecycle analysis of biodiesel preparations
  • Oil-adsorbing nanofabrics for cleaning large ocean oil spills
  • Thermal transport of self-propagating thermopower waves in nanomaterials as energy sources

Because the number of student positions in this class is limited and the demand for this new subject is unknown, a lottery will be held in mid December, and students will be notified of the results of the lottery in early January. Students who receive this information via email will be sent information about the lottery. For further information, and to insure inclusion in the lottery, please contact Prof. Clark K. Colton (ckcolton@mit.edu, x3-4585)

Statistics Classes November 29, 2010

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A nice summary of statistics classes at MIT can be found at: http://statistics.mit.edu

EPA Sustainability Competition October 13, 2010

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We are announcing a unique grant opportunity for college and university faculty and students – EPA’s P3 – People, Prosperity and the Planet – Program. Through this hands-on design competition, student teams and their faculty advisors receive $15,000 grants to design scientific, technical, and policy solutions to sustainability challenges around the world. Projects can address a challenge in one or more of these areas:

  • water,
  • energy,
  • agriculture,
  • built environment,
  • or materials & chemicals.

Teams use the $15,000 grants to design and develop their projects in the 2011/2012 school year. Then in the spring of 2012, all teams will come to Washington, DC, to compete for EPA’s P3 Award at the 8th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo. The students’ projects will be evaluated by a panel of experts convened by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. EPA will use these recommendations to choose the P3 Award winners who may receive an additional grant up to $90,000 to further develop their designs, implement them in the field, and take them to the marketplace.

Deadline: December 22nd 2010
Visit our Web site for more information and to see what past P3 teams have accomplished: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3/
For the official request for applications go to: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2011/2011_p3.html
Please join us to build a sustainable future!

Energy Class Web Tool September 7, 2010

Posted by Hosoi in Classes, Energy Track.
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For those of you following the energy track, there is a cool new web tool designed to help you select classes. Check it out here!

Welcome back! September 7, 2010

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Hello 2-Aers!

Welcome back and I hope you all had an enjoyable summer. Just a quick post to let you know that the Fall sign up sheet has been posted (the link to the sign up sheet is in the sidebar at the right).

6.976 The Founder’s Journey July 29, 2010

Posted by Hosoi in Classes, Management Track, PD Track.
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Do you want to start your own company? Want to learn from others who’ve started companies?  In this course you’ll get immersed in building a company from scratch.  Does your idea make sense?  Is this the right time to launch?  Who else should be on your team?  Are you cut out for this?  We explore these questions, with an emphasis on the first-time technical founder.  You’ll work in teams to transform a core idea into a startup business.  Even if you’re not ready for a startup, this class provides an exploration of leadership, innovation, and creativity as seen through the lens of a startup founder.  http://founders.mit.edu

Class will be a combination of lecture, guest speakers, and group exercises. Dinner will be provided by us every class.

Meets Monday 5p-9p plus one 2 hr weekly recitation
Undergrads welcome with permission
Units: 6-0-6 (grad H level)

Instructors: Ken Zolot and Hemant Taneja, with guidance from Hal Abelson
Enrollment is limited.  Priority for pre-registrants.

Online meeting sign up sheet June 8, 2010

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Happy summer!  This summer we are trying out a new online system to schedule 2-A meetings with me.  I’ve decided to use google docs since lots of people are familiar with it and many people already have a google account.  The only tricky thing is that you must all respect each other and only edit your own meeting times — i.e. you should NOT erase some one else’s name and add your own.  There is NO emergency severe enough to justify stealing some one else’s slot!  (And all revisions are logged so we’ll know!).

Hopefully this will be easier than running over to my office door every time you’d like to sign up for a meeting.  If the trial goes well this summer, we’ll officially switch over in the Fall.  Summer 2-Aers, your fellow students are counting on you to make this work thereby adding convenience to their hectic lives!

The sign up sheet can be accessed here.  Enjoy!

4.268 meets with 6.077: Design Innovation for Distributed Energy January 29, 2010

Posted by Hosoi in Classes, Energy Track, PD Track, SD Track.
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Instructors: Professor Marc Baldo, PhD., Professor Sheila Kennedy, AIA
TAs: Carlijn Mulder, Sasa Zivovic
Class: F 2-5 PM
Units: 3-3-6 (*Can be taken as 9 Units by Undergrads w/ Permission of Instructors)
Level: H, U Permission of Instructors
Enrollment: Limited to 20 students, offered jointly with EECS, seeks mix of UG from DMSE, EECS, MAS

First meeting: FRIDAY 5 February 2010

Design Innovation for Energy Materials is an interdisciplinary course brings together, for the first time at MIT, students who are interested in developing design applications for emergent energy materials. Organized as a seminar/workshop, the course explores the interface between architectural design and energy materials that are being researched in MIT laboratories. For its launch in Spring 2010, the course will focus on next generation flexible organic solar materials being studied in Prof. Baldo’s lab. The course provides a unique interdisciplinary design approach that explores technical challenges in material science and design opportunities in the vertical integration of energy sector materials in the design of the built environment. Working in interdisciplinary teams in a ‘hands-on’ design and prototyping process, students will explore the spatial, social and material impacts of de-centralized energy distribution in short design projects at three scales of implementation: personal, architectural and urban. The course is supported by MITEI’s Energy Curriculum Task Force and materials for students’ prototype projects will be provided. The stellar website is online: https://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/4/sp10/4.268-6.077/index.html

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