Interdisciplinary Threads of NEETWeaving Together Innovation and Collaboration

Autonomous Machines

Design, build, and deploy mechanical systems, software, and autonomy algorithms for real-world autonomous machines and robots.

Climate & Sustainability Systems

Work on groundbreaking research projects with real-world impact and develop strong bonds with a diverse group of climate-conscious students.

Living Machines

Discover, build and engineer living systems for broad applications in biotechnology and medical devices.

Digital Cities

Build the cities of the future by immersing scholars in the emerging intersections of computer science and urban planning.

News Highlights

Interdisciplinary journey

Arina Khotimsky ’23 awarded 2023 Michel David-Weill Scholarship

Arina Khotimsky ’23 from NEET's Climate & Sustainability Systems thread was selected for the 2023 Michel David-Weill scholarship, awarded each year to one student from the United States in a master’s program at Sciences Po in France who exemplifies the core values embodied by its namesake: excellence, leadership, multiculturalism, and high achievement.

Ronit Langer

Transforming Engineering Education 2023 Conference

The sustainable transition requires engineering skills and technological development on an unprecedented scale. Therefore, three universities and programs– the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s New Engineering Education Transformation (MIT-NEET) program, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Aalborg University (AAU) – are jointly convening a conference focusing on transforming engineering education in Boston at the end of June.

Ronit Langer

Powering the Future

Students from 22.S094 (NEET Climate & Sustainability Systems: Decarbonizing Ulaanbaatar at Scale) and 21A.S01 (Anthro-Engineering: Decarbonization at the Million-Person Scale) embarked on a journey to the capital city, with temperatures plummeting to an astonishing -40 degrees Fahrenheit, diving into the diverse tapestry of local life as they gleaned insight from various stakeholder groups.

Ronit Langer

From Industry to Academia

Employees at Aurora's Cambridge, Massachusetts office are partnering with MIT’s New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) program, a cross-departmental academic program with a focus on collaborative, project-centric learning. The program takes classroom learning one step further, providing students with hands-on experience by working on industry-relevant projects.

About the New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) program

The New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) program was launched in 2017 to reimagine engineering education at MIT. A cross-departmental academic program with a focus on collaborative, project-centric learning, NEET cultivates the essential skills and qualities needed for students to address 21st-century societal challenges with interdisciplinary approaches.

MIT New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) - School of Engineering
MIT New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) - School of Engineering

Design Thinking, Prototyping and Education

The three-year NEET program, offered through the School of Engineering, provides new hands-on learning experiences for MIT undergraduate students, integrating design thinking and prototyping within a cross-departmental community. Students join as sophomores and learn how to address complex societal challenges through one of the four interdisciplinary ‘threads’: Autonomous Machines, Climate & Sustainability Systems, Digital Cities, or Living Machines. The School of Architecture and Planning offers the Digital Cities thread, in collaboration with the School of Engineering. In NEET’s first-year discovery class, SP.248 NEET Ways of Thinking, student teams engage in interdisciplinary challenges taken from NEET threads.