I - Applied Physics and Devices

  • Gallium nitride electronics could drastically cut energy usage in data centers, consumer devices.
  • Partnership of government, industry, and academia will pursue integration of optical devices with electronics.
  • New ultralow-power circuit developed by EECS graduate student Dina Reda El-Damak and department head Anantha Chandrakasan improves efficiency of energy harvesting to more than 80 percent.
  • Video-processing algorithm developed by the research groups of professors William Freeman and Frédo Durand magnifies motions indiscernible to the naked eye, even in moving objects.
  • Enabling neighbors in remote areas of the world that lack electricity to inexpensively buy power from a local solar panel owner, essentially creating their own microgrid, may sound utopian, but it is being developed by EECS faculty members Rajeev Ram and David Perreault and members of their research team. Read more.
  • Jing Kong, professor of electrical engineering in the EECS Department at MIT and principal investigator with the Microsystems Technology Laboratories and the Research Lab of Electronics has worked with MIT students and Evelyn Wang, professor in MIT's Mechanical Engineering Department to create a graphene coating for power plant condensers — a step that will improve power plant efficiency 2 to 3 percent and ultimately making a significant dent in global carbon emissions. Read more.
  • MIT's Richard Peng, a postdoc in applied mathematics, and Michael Cohen, a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science have developed and demonstrated an algorithm that is optimal for condensing matrices (data). Read more.
  • The members of Voltage, a new group in MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, want to interest more freshmen and Course 6 students in the field of Electrical Engineering (EE). Sponsored by MIT IEEE/ACM, the group is working to build a cohesive network for students in both the EE degree program (6-1) as well as for students leaning to EE in the EECS degree program (6-2) — offering support and resources in academics, research and careers. Read more.
  • Members of the Quantum Photonics Lab including its director Professor Dirk Englund and EECS graduate student Hannah Clevenson have developed a new, ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. This work, which could lead to miniaturized, battery-powered devices for medical and materials imaging, contraband detection, and geological exploration, is reported in the latest issue of Nature Physics. Read more.
  • In a broad new assessment of the status and prospects of solar photovoltaic technology, MIT researchers including Vladimir Bulović, Associate Dean for Innovation and the Fariborz Maseeh (1990) Professor of Emerging Technology and Joel Jean, EECS graduate student and lead author in the journal Energy & Environmental Science say that it is “one of the few renewable, low-carbon resources with both the scalability and the technological maturity to meet ever-growing global demand for electricity.” Read more.


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