More than 140 undergraduates from throughout the School of Engineering successfully completed in-depth SuperUROP projects during the 2016-2017 academic year. They received certificates during a high-energy celebration at MIT’s Samberg Conference Center on May 18.
The audience clapped and cheered as student after student stepped up to receive certificates from and pose for pictures with School of Engineering administrators and faculty members.
"It's really amazing to see the transformation from the very beginning — the proposals last September and October — through the conclusion of your projects,” Anantha Chandrakasan, the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and EECS department head, told the students. “Congratulations to all of you.”
Chandrakasan created the year-long program — an extension of the traditional Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) — in 2012 to provide students with immersive, graduate-level research experiences. During the ceremony, Ian Waitz, Dean of the School of Engineering, emphasized the overall value of the UROP experience: “It takes our undergraduates and it puts them shoulder to shoulder with grad students, and, with faculty, has them solve problems that haven't been solved before,” he said.
This year’s SuperUROP class included students from EECS and four other School of Engineering departments: Aeronautics and Astronautics, Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering.