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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.


UROP, REST and GEL July 7, 2014

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Hi Folks!

Just a few reminders as you create/update your 2-A concentrations:

  • UROPs can NOT be counted in your concentration or as extra engineering units. If you would like to include a research project as part of your concentration, please sign up for Thesis.
  • Your 2-A contract must include one REST (unless you have substituted 18.03).

    Additional RESTs can only be counted in your concentration if they are prerequisites to upper level courses in your concentration. For example, suppose your concentration includes 6.00, 6.01, 6.006, and 6.042. 6.00 counts as your required REST subject. 6.042 is also a REST but it is allowed as an additional REST because it is a prerequisite to 6.006. However, if you remove 6.006 from your concentration, you must also remove 6.042 from your concentration (regardless of whether or not you have already taken it), or replace 6.006 with another class that has 6.042 as a prereq.

  • GEL classes. ESD.051 may be counted in your concentration and carries full engineering units. ESD.052 and ESD.054 may be counted in the concentration but they carry NO engineering units. ESD.05 does not carry any engineering units and does not count as an upper level course and hence cannot be counted in the concentration

One final word of advice — don’t fear the thesis! Research is fun and UROP is just one of many ways to do it!

Tutoring October 26, 2013

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If any students in course 2 and 2-A classes need tutoring help please visit: http://web.mit.edu/pts/tutorial.html

New peer advising website! April 23, 2013

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Our local ASME student chapter has put together a fabulous peer advising website. Our peer advisors are blogging about their experiences in Mech E, offering tips and advice. They are also manning the blog lines to answer your questions — just click on the “Ask Me” buttons to start the dialog!

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!

Welcome Professor Lloyd! June 19, 2012

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Hi Folks!

It is my pleasure to introduce you to your new 2-A faculty coordinator, Professor Seth Lloyd! Professor Lloyd has a noble history with 2-A and was an integral part of the team that shepherded 2-A through accreditation. He has much wisdom to pass along and is looking forward to working with all of you. Please join me in welcoming Prof. Lloyd!

On another note, I’ll miss all of you but I won’t be very far removed … I’m taking up the position of undergraduate officer so I’ll still be around signing forms and dispensing advice. Thank you all for a wonderful few years as 2-A coordinator!

Prof. Hosoi

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

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).

How to change classes in your concentration January 11, 2010

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Happy New Year 2-A! As we get ready for another round of registration, a number of you have asked how to change classes in your 2-A program. It is fairly common for people to swap a few classes due to scheduling conflicts or new interests. The way you go about it depends on whether you are making major or minor changes.

For major changes, you should sign up to see me (the sign up sheet is on my door 3-262) so we can go over your modifications and make sure they still fulfill the 2-A requirements.

For minor changes:

  1. Go to the undergraduate office (1-110) and pick up a copy of your concentration form.
  2. Send me an email with the following information:
    • All of the classes in your old concentration
    • The two second level classes in your old concentration
    • The list of classes that fulfill your 69 engineering units (often this list will be the same as your concentration classes)
    • The changes you would like to make
  3. I will send you an email to let you know if the changes are ok. If so, cross off the classes you are dropping on the copy of your concentration form and write in the new ones.
  4. Drop off your revised form with Laura Kampas in rm 3-354 and she will make sure that I sign it.

“Will I graduate?” September 14, 2009

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One of the most common questions I get around this time of year is: “Will I graduate?” There are two sets of requirements you need to satisfy in order to graduate: (1) departmental requirements and (2) institute requirements.

(1) Departmental requirements. By your senior year (or even better by the end of your sophomore year) you should have turned in a 2-A Concentration Form signed by the 2-A Faculty Advisor and the Mech. E. Undergraduate Coordinator. If you have taken (and passed) all of the courses listed on this form, you have satisfied the departmental requirements. If you are unsure whether or not you have fulfilled the departmental requirements, feel free to make an appointment with me (instructions to make an appointment are in the sidebar).

(2) Institute requirements. I cannot check these for you BUT the Registrar’s Office has a useful service call the “Degree Audit.” To make sure that you have satisfied the institute requirements, you can either look at your degree audit in WebSiS or talk to Roberta Welch in rm 5-119.