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News from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Whether it's through groundbreaking research or creating the next generation of global innovators, our faculty, students, and staff are working to make a better world through transformative technologies and new approaches to learning.

We invite you to find out more about what we've been up to in the 2016 issue of our newsletter for EECS alumni and friends.

Read the articles from the 2016 issue on this page, read the PDF or download the PDF .

Contents

 

Features

 

Research Updates

 

Education News

 

Alumni News

 

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A letter from the department head
Anantha P. Chandrakasan, the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, writes on the state of innovation in EECS.
Learning to Solve
Hallmark program "SuperUROP" lets undergrad engineers dive into a year-long research experience.
Empowering Innovation
StartMIT panel highlights women innovators and entrepreneurs from a range of fields.
MIT.nano: Ship in a bottle
MIT.nano will be a 200,000-square-foot building that houses state-of-the-art cleanroom, imaging, and prototyping facilities that can support fabrication and characterization processes on the nanoscale. It will also be located in the heart of the MIT campus, surrounded on all four sides by existing buildings. The project’s leadership, planners, project managers, and contractors recently reached the “halfway” mark in the 1000 day construction project, sometimes referred to as building a ship in a bottle. The new nanoscale characterization and fabrication facility is due to open in June 2018. 
The expanding universe of natural language processing
Reimagined course gives students a deep-dive into the rapidly evolving field of natural language processing.
Science on Saturday: Circuits and Computers
EECS faculty, staff, and students showed off their electric superpowers at Science on Saturday: Circuits and Computers edition.
A Quantum Internet of Things
by By Dirk Englund, Jamieson Career Development Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Research Laboratory of Electronics
It takes a network
Rising Stars workshop helps women electrical engineers and computer scientists build a professional network, find jobs in academia.  
Thuan Pham: Engineering in uncharted territory
Uber’s CTO on the company’s astronomical growth, his management style, and love of technology.
New institute will accelerate innovations in fibers and fabrics
National public-private consortium led by MIT will involve manufacturers, universities, agencies, companies.
Toward bug-proof software
Class teaches students how to apply new verification technologies to systems software.
Consortium including MIT awarded $110M national grant to promote photonics manufacturing
Partnership of government, industry, and academia will pursue integration of optical devices with electronics.
MIT Launches Institute for Data, Systems, and Society
New institute uses tools and methodologies in statistics, information and decision systems, and social sciences to address challenges and opportunities in complex systems.
Creating Postdoc Connections
Department pilots new ways to build leadership and teamwork skills for its postdocs with Postdoc6.
Galvanizing entrepreneurs
Intensive course helps students navigate early challenges in starting a company.
A learn-by-doing approach to coding
New class lays a strong foundation for learning computer science.
Diminishing returns and Machine Learning: Increasing Gains
By Stefanie Jegelka, Assistant Professor, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
Spin orbit electronics: From heavy metals to topological insulators
By Luqiao Liu, Assistant Professor, Mircrosystems Technology Laboratories
IDSS conversations: Guy Bresler
Assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science discusses his work focusing on learning graphical models from data.
A conversation with Colin Angle and Erika Ebbel Angle
Engineer and biochemist alumni reflect on the importance of mentors, teaching entrepreneurship, and finding an intellectual home at MIT.
Putting the pieces together
Alumna Katherine Yelick uses supercomputing to solve big problems.
Building something from nothing
Electrical engineering alum Jamie Goldstein reflects on starting companies, the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and giving back to MIT.
CSAIL joins with Toyota on $25 million research center for autonomous cars
Seeking to reduce traffic casualties, center will focus on robotics and artificial intelligence systems.