2017 Connector


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News from the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The annual EECS publication is now available! Read or download the PDF version or browse the content using the links on this page .

This year's Connector includes coverage of:

  • Entrepreneurship: StartMIT and The Engine
  • Students: High achievers, young inventors, EECS advisors, peer coaches -- and a "Jeopardy" winner
  • Education: Machine learning, mobile sensors, curriculum changes
  • Research Updates: Reports from Michael Carbin, Stefanie Mueller, and Devavrat Shah; Q & A with Max Shulaker
  • Faculty Focus: Awards, professorships and. new faculty; remembering two EECS giants, Mildred S. Dresselhaus and Robert Fano
  • Alumni: Profiles of a five-time EECS graduate, a bestselling author, and the NCAA's 2016 Woman of the Year, among others
  • Donors: A list of generous EECS supporters

...and much more!

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Read or download the 2017 Connector (pdf)


A Letter from Anantha Chandrakasan
The new dean of the MIT School of Engineering reflects on his final year as EECS department head.
SuperUROP: Bots, bit flips, and catching the bus
Engineering undergrads showcase their research after one semester of year-long SuperUROP projects.
When USAGE speaks, EECS listens
This student group provides first-hand feedback on Course 6 issues ranging from class sizes to curriculum changes.
Helping policy and technology work together: Keertan Kini
EECS graduate student Keertan Kini is working to strengthen the intersection between the two fields.
The balancing act: Alyssa Cartwright
This 2017 graduate engineered a rich MIT experience that included coursework, research, music, and more.
Three from EECS win Lemelson-MIT Student Prizes
EECS seniors Chandani Doshi and Tania Yu were on a six-woman team that invented a braille translator, while PhD candidate Apoorva Murarka developed technology to better produce high-fidelity sound.
Lilly Chin '17 wins “Jeopardy!” College Championship
Chin takes the $100,000 grand prize, surpassing 14 on-air contestants and thousands of applicants from colleges around the U.S.
StartMIT: Make it your business
StartMIT, a boot camp on entrepreneurship, gives students an intimate look into what it takes to build a company.
StartMIT's Innovation Night
Women entrepreneurs from a range of fields discuss their pioneering work and what they learned along the way.
Entrepreneurship in action — on two coasts
StartMit participants see innovation up close during a whirlwind tour of the Bay Area business ecosystem.
The Engine: Up and running
With funding secured and leadership in place, MIT's new startup accelerator is now focusing on selecting investments.
Masterworks and EECScon: Showcasing students' research efforts
April 18, 2017, was a day to talk, think, and learn about student research.
Devavrat Shah: Social Data Processing
Research Update: LIDS and IDSS
Machine learning for just about everyone
Expanded offerings for one of MIT's hottest topics reach a broad cross-section of the student population.
The internet of (play) things
In two popular courses, students learn how to program mobile sensors — and savor the connections they make.
Talk science to me: The EECS Communication Lab
Peer coaches provide guidance on papers, posters, presentations, and more.
Michael Depa: An innovation 'ecosystem' for better health care
Jana Care, co-founded by EECS alumnus Michal Depa, focuses on high-quality, low-cost solutions for improving diagnostics in emerging markets.
Dario Gil: On the cutting edge of the cutting edge
At IBM, EECS alumnus Dario Gil directs a global research team with an ambitious science agenda.
Philip Guo: Making programming accessible for all
Computer science alum Philip Guo aims to lower the barriers to learning programming and data science.
The dual careers of Cal Newport
This EECS alumnus balances two different worlds: teaching computer science and writing business bestsellers.
Martin F. Schlecht: Life beyond MIT
A five-time MIT alumnus reflects on his transition from academia to industry — and what it’s like to leave a tenured EECS professorship to become a high-tech entrepreneur.
Industry Leader Lisa Su Returns to MIT
At 2017 PhD hooding ceremony, the Advanced Micro Devices CEO says MIT “taught me how to think.”
Swimming Toward Success
Margaret Guo, NCAA’s 2016 “Woman of the Year,” describes how she balances her passions for learning, leadership, and competitive athletics.