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Substitutions – extra units in your concentration or as extra engineering? March 14, 2016

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We’ve had a few outside-the-box substitutions come through, and wanted to give you a heads up on how you can count those extra 6 units, when you substitute a 12 unit subject for a 6 unit requirement.

The rules governing case-by-case substitutions follow the same rules as the pre-approved substitutions.

  • An introductory level 12 unit subject that substitutes for a 6 unit requirement = 6 unit requirement + 6 units of extra engineering (but not in your concentration, unless it is also your REST subject).
  • An upper level 12 unit subject that substitutes for a 6 unit requirement = 6 unit requirement + 6 units in your concentration or as extra engineering (your choice).

If you have a substitution approved, then your 2-A form will be automatically updated to reduce the units in your concentration or extra engineering.

For more information on introductory vs. upper level subjects, see:
What counts as “upper level”?


New Manufacturing Track December 18, 2011

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Hi Folks,

We’re kicking off the new year with a new Manufacturing Track! Click here for more info.


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!

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!

“Will I graduate?” September 14, 2009

Posted by Hosoi in General Information, Guidelines & Requirements, Uncategorized.
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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.

2.670 Units August 27, 2009

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Beginning in IAP 2010 2.670 will count for 3 units instead of 6. Consequently, in order to satisfy ABET requirements, if you take 2.670 in 2010 or later, you must have 69 engineering units (instead of 66) beyond the first and second level mechanical engineering requirements in your 2-A program.