Hello to members of the EECS community near and far,

    Another fall has arrived, and with it news from the Department of EECS at MIT. In this edition of the Connector, you’ll read about all the newest activity surrounding microelectronics–a national development priority we’re proud to support. Between the new, EECS Alliance-backed Massachusetts Microelectronics Internship Program (MMIP) and the passage of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, MIT EECS students are well positioned to take advantage of the exciting new research and economic growth in this crucial sector.

    As we launch the MMIP, we’re also happy to report on the incredible success of the first year of Thriving Stars, our ambitious initiative to increase gender representation among graduate students in computing and information technologies. For the incoming class of 2022, a record high number (47) and percentage (30.3%) of women enrolled in EECS’s graduate program, and the initiative brought in over $4 million in fellowships, thanks to the generosity of Cadence Design Systems and the Shiv Nadar Foundation. We’re excited to see where Year Two of Thriving Stars takes us!

    I hope these stories inspire you to engage with the growing and changing world of EECS, as our work becomes ever more relevant to the world.

    –Asu Ozdaglar, Department Head, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    MathWorks Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    Deputy Dean of Academics, MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing

    The Graduate Women of Course 6 enjoy the annual sunset cruise through Boston Harbor aboard the Liberty Clipper. Photo credit: Leslie Kolodziejski

    Feature Story

    The Thriving Stars of AI

    Four early-career researchers shared their work on improving the social outcomes of artificial intelligence and machine learning at a research summit hosted by EECS Thriving Stars.Four early-career researchers shared their work on improving the social outcomes of artificial intelligence and machine learning at a research summit hosted by EECS Thriving Stars.

    Education Initiatives

    Massachusetts Microelectronics Internship Program: a big focus on critical tiny components

    EECS Alliance–backed program seeks to get more Massachusetts students into the microelectronics game

    Departmental News

    Department of EECS announces 2022 promotions

    The department is pleased to announce eight promotions.

    Collin Stultz named co-director and MIT lead of the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology

    Stultz will leverage his research into machine learning and computer science, as well as his role as a practicing cardiologist, toward educating clinician-scientists and engineers.

    MIT named No. 2 university by U.S. News for 2022-23: Undergraduate engineering and computer science programs are No. 1.

    The Institute also ranks first in cybersecurity and theory of computer science.

    U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren visits MIT to celebrate passage of CHIPS and Science Act

    Massachusetts senator toured MIT.nano, met students and faculty, and held a roundtable with university leaders to discuss how the new law could advance research and education in the state.


    New hardware offers faster computation for artificial intelligence, with much less energy

    Engineers working on “analog deep learning” have found a way to propel protons through solids at unprecedented speeds.

    A new twist on old-school animation

    MIT researchers create KineCAM, an instant camera that yields images that appear to move.

    Faculty Spotlight

    “Kids are people too!”

    Throughout his career, Professor Hal Abelson has worked to make information technology more accessible to people of all ages.

    Investigating at the interface of data science and computing

    Guy Bresler builds mathematical models to understand multifaceted, interdisciplinary engineering problems that have far-reaching applications.

    Go Deeper

    AI system makes models like DALL-E 2 more creative

    Researchers develop a new method that uses multiple models to create more complex images with better understanding.

    Faculty Awards

    2022 EECS Awards

    The Department honored some outstanding contributors with its 2022 awards.

    School of Engineering Awards for 2022

    The MIT School of Engineering recently honored outstanding faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students with its 2022 awards.

    Four from MIT receive NIH New Innovator Awards for 2022

    The awards support high-risk, high-impact research from early-career investigators.

    Student Awards & Spotlights

    Grace Hopper Celebration: a place of our own

    MEng student Jeanne Harabedian found her place at the legendary conference for women in STEM.

    Thirteen from MIT awarded 2022 Fulbright Fellowships

    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers grants in over 150 countries for independent research, graduate study, and English teaching.

    Alumni in Action

    The hub of the local robotics industry

    MassRobotics, a nonprofit founded by several MIT alumni, is advancing an industry that will play an increasingly important role in our lives.

    Taking the guesswork out of dental care with artificial intelligence

    MIT alumni-founded Overjet analyzes and annotates dental X-rays to help dentists offer more comprehensive care.

    Q & A

    Q & A: Global challenges surrounding the deployment of AI

    Aleksander Madry, Asu Ozdaglar, and Luis Videgaray, co-chairs of the AI Policy Forum, discuss key issues facing the AI policy landscape today.