• President Barak Obama announced on Nov. 10, 2014, 19 new winners of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor — including Institute Professors Mildred Dresselhaus and Robert Solow. Read more.
  • Distinguishing between emphysema and heart failure on an emergency basis has been a problem — often resulting in the wrong drug treatments. EECS faculty members George Verghese and Thomas Heldt, working with EECS graduate student Rebecca Mieloszyk in the Research Lab of Electronics (RLE) Computational Physiology and Clinical Inference Group, have devised an algorithm to analyze carbon dioxide levels in exhaled air to distinguish between these conditions using equipment already ubiquitous in US and European ambulances. Read more.
  • If you’re playing improvisational games or Taboo in class, chances are you’re in 6.UAT Oral Communication. This is not your average engineering class—yet instructors and students agree that 6.UAT is invaluable to success in engineering. Read more.
  • At this year’s Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications (OOPSLA) conference, EECS faculty member Martin Rinard and several students from his group in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory presented a new system that lets programmers identify sections of their code that can tolerate inconsequential error. The system, dubbed Chisel, then determines which program instructions to assign to unreliable hardware components, to maximize energy savings yet still meet the programmers’ accuracy requirements. Read more.
  • Professor Muriel Medard working with EECS graduate student Flavio du Pin Calmon and researchers from Maynooth University in Ireland have shown that since existing practical cryptographic schemes demonstrate elements of information-theoretic security thereby preventing extraction of some of their data — it is possible to calculate minimum-security guarantees for any given encryption scheme — enabling information managers to make more informed decisions about how to protect data. Read more.
  • Rodney Brooks, Founder, Chairman, CTO of Rethink Robotics and Panasonic Professor of Robotics (emeritus) at MIT, has spent his life creating intelligent machines that do our bidding. Read more about him and why he fears there will not be enough workforce robots in the future.
  • EECS associate department head and professor of electrical engineering David Perreault working with former associate professor in the EECS Department Joel Dawson as co-founders of Eta Dvices, have developed a technology that will not only boost cell phone battery life but save energy in cell towers — to achieve an average efficiency greater than 70 percent. MIT News has featured this story. Read more.
  • Did you find your first job through Anne Hunter's list? Based on the article in the Boston Globe (online today at betaboston) Anne Hunter has reached many EECS (and MIT) undergraduate and MEng students through her "jobs list" sent out on a frequent basis since the mid 1990s. Read more!
  • Five EECS faculty and associated researchers are among the 14 MIT research teams selected to receive Deshpande research grants for fall 2014. Initiated in 2002 through the MIT School of Engineering and made possible by a gift from Desh and Jaishree Deshpande, the Center’s mission is to move technologies from the laboratories at MIT to the marketplace. Read more.