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2.674 is now a substitution for 2.678! March 3, 2016

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2.674 (Micro/Nano Engineering Lab) is a 6-unit lab course that introduces students to nanoengineering.   For 2A, the 2.674 is an alternative to 2.678.  See the course content taught in the fall of 2015, https://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/2/fa15/2.674/index.html.

What’s in a concentration? January 28, 2013

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We have a fantastic new app designed by your fellow 2-Aer Ed Burnell that shows which classes you are taking. Check out


to play with the data!

What counts as “upper level”? September 4, 2011

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Your concentration gives you an opportunity to develop a high level of expertise in a subject area that is of particular interest to you and, as such, the classes in your concentration should be upper level classes. One of the questions I’m frequently asked is “How can I tell if a class is sufficiently advanced to count in the concentration?” There is no easy answer to this question since subject numbering and organization varies from department to department. However, there are some classes that are never allowed in the concentration, except as your REST GIR (or as your one introductory level subject, if you have completed 18.03). These are great classes that are worth taking, however they should be taken as unrestricted electives rather than as concentration courses.

You may include ONE introductory level subject (as your REST, or if you took 18.03, as your one introductory level subject) in the concentration.  Some examples include:

  • 1.00: Introduction to Computers and Engineering Problem Solving
  • 2.00B: Toy Product Design
  • 2.038J (same as 6.055J): The Art of Approximation in Science and Engineering
  • 6.0001/6.0002: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming
  • 6.163: Strobe Project Laboratory
  • 14.01: Principles of Microeconomics
  • ESD.00: Introduction to Engineering Systems

Engineering Systems Design April 29, 2011

Posted by Hosoi in CIR Track, Classes, Energy Track, Management Track, PD Track, Robotics Track.
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This Fall a new course, 2.013, will be offered as an alternative to 2.009. The class will be centered around a team project to design a long endurance power system for autonomous underwater vehicles. The class will be limited to twenty to thirty students who will have the opportunity to work with engineers from Lincoln Lab. More info available here.

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

Posted by Hosoi in Classes, Transportation Track.
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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.

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

Posted by Hosoi in Classes, Energy Track.
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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)

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)

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!

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.

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

SP.784 Wheelchair Design in Developing Countries January 27, 2010

Posted by Hosoi in Classes, PD Track, SD Track.
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In this class, students learn about the cultural, medical, and technological issues facing people with disabilities in the developing world and participate in creating technology to mobilize the 20 million people who require a wheelchair. We host a diverse collection of guest speakers from throughout the wheelchair community, from developing country wheelchair makers to MIT profs. Over the past three years, we have had more than 20 students from the class travel abroad to continue their projects, with many making multiple trips and winning awards for their work. If you are interested in learning how your technical skills can be used to make a positive impact on the world, this is a good class for you.

To learn more, look around the course website at our past projects: http://web.mit.edu/sp.784/www/
Additionally, the official course description can be found on websis under SP.784: http://student.mit.edu/catalog/mSPa.html