StartMIT’s Innovation Night: Innovators from a range of fields discuss their pioneering work and their founders’ journey.

Innovators in the fields of materials chemistry, online care, natural language processing, social robotics, and venture capital shared their founders’ journey and how they made impact along the way during a panel discussion at StartMIT’s Innovation Night on Jan. 11 at the MIT Media Lab. Led by moderator Kym McNicholas, the cast included MIT faculty members Regina Barzilay, Angela Belcher, and Cynthia Breazeal; as well as Donna Levin, and Katie Rae.

Two from MIT share National Academy of Engineering Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) 2017 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize was awarded to a team of researchers, including two MIT affiliates, for their work in optical coherence tomography. The award committee noted that the research demonstrated “creative engineering to invent imaging technology essential for preventing blindness and treating vascular and other diseases.”

StartMIT: A Workshop for Entrepreneurs and Innovators

StartMIT, a class held from January 9 to 23, connects MIT undergrads, grad students, postdocs, and other members of the MIT community with successful entrepreneurs for a crash course on the many paths to entrepreneurship. MIT students will be working closely with entrepreneurs and innovators to develop their ideas; participate in activities to refine their projects, and attend events with alumni and other leaders in the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Palacios elected IEEE fellow

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Tomás Palacios, professor of electrical engineering, recognized for work with semiconductors.

Tomas Palacios


Tomás Palacios, professor of electrical engineering, has been elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers for his “contributions to gallium nitride electron devices and two-dimensional materials.”

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