With innovation, there are many truisms, but here are just two. Progress is often made on the nanoscale, and no one company has a monopoly on good ideas in this arena. Karen Gleason has experienced the former and ensures the continuation of the latter. As a professor of chemical engineering, she...more
Between now and September, MIT will roll out the Access MIT pass, one of several new commuter benefits for Cambridge campus faculty and staff. The new benefits include free, unlimited subway and local bus usage, and increased subsidies for parking at MBTA stations and commuter rail tickets. The...more
In the next few years, visitors to Kendall Square — already considered home to one of the world’s greatest concentrations of innovative companies — will find a new and revitalized streetscape, featuring a whirlwind of daytime and evening opportunities for dining, shopping, living, and recreation...more
“Dammit, Jim, I’m a doctor, not a physicist!” The cry by Leonard “Bones” McCoy of the original "Star Trek" television series became code for “that’s not in my job description.” A prognosticator of many future technologies and social issues, the show’s portrayal of professional roles remained...more
Below is the text of a letter sent Friday by MIT President L. Rafael Reif to the chairmen of three congressional committees in response to a request of the 56 U.S. colleges and universities with endowments of more than $1 billion. (Read the full explanation of MIT's endowment here.)...more
The eighth annual Kendall Square Association (KSA) meeting took a reflective tone this year, showcasing how academic and industry collaborations have transformed MIT’s abutting district, Kendall Square, from an industrial wasteland into an innovation hub — and how future collaborations will...more
MIT Professional Education has announced a new Professional Certificate in Innovation and Technology. The certificate will offer insights from leading minds at MIT on different approaches to innovation.
This new credential is designed for working professionals across a wide variety of...more
In response to a broad range of questions and suggestions raised at the Institute’s Sept. 8, 2015, City of Cambridge Planning Board hearing, MIT returned to the board on Jan. 5 to provide an updated presentation for its proposed Kendall Square Initiative.
In its presentation, MIT...more
In the MIT Media Lab on Thursday afternoon, a crowd gathered around PhD student Sang Won Leigh, who controlled a “writing” drone remotely with an inkless pen. Whatever lines Leigh (and excited volunteers) traced on a desk, the quadrocopter would duplicate with an attached black marker on a...more
Two and a half years after the Cambridge City Council approved new zoning for MIT’s properties in the East Campus/Kendall Square area, the Institute has formally advanced its Kendall Square Initiative development proposal to the Cambridge Planning Board.
At a four-hour hearing last night...more