Donald Vanderlugt is the Director of Vehicle Architecture and Integration at General Motors. General Motors has been a sponsor of the NEET program, and has collaborated with NEET on direction and projects in the Autonomous Machines thread, since 2018.
Prof. Mark Bathe obtained his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degrees from MIT working in the Departments of Mechanical, Chemical, and Biological Engineering before moving to the University of Munich to carry out his postdoctoral research. He returned to MIT in 2009 to join the faculty in the Department of Biological Engineering, where he runs an interdisciplinary research group focused on the targeted delivery of therapeutic nucleic acids and vaccines, phenotypic profiling of neuronal circuits involved in psychiatric disease, and engineering nucleic acid materials for highly parallel molecular computing and massive data storage. Professor Bathe is Co-Chair of the MIT New Engineering Education Transformation, Chair of the MIT Committee on Student Life, and an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard.
Amitava "Babi" Mitra
Dr. Amitava “Babi” Mitra is the Executive Director of the New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) program at MIT. Together with faculty co-directors Ed Crawley and Mark Bathe, he is co-leading what is arguably one of the most impactful initiatives in higher education today, an initiative launched by MIT’s School of Engineering in 2017 to reimagine and transform MIT’s undergraduate engineering education. Mitra is passionate about evangelizing and implementing an educational vision he believes in; he enjoys formulating, designing and planning its implementation, and then taking it through to fruition. What he enjoys doing most is setting up and running ‘start-up’ educational initiatives within established universities (as in the New Engineering Education Transformation initiative at MIT) or at new institutions (as the founder-Dean of Engineering, BML Munjal University (BMU), India).
Dr. Jessica Edmonds is the Head of Applied Research at Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing company. She received her S.M in Aeronautics and Astronautics and her Ph.D. in Aerospace Biomedical Engineering from MIT. Boeing has been a sponsor of the NEET program since April, 2019.
Prof. Jonathan P. How is the R. C. Maclaurin Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Control Systems Magazine, and was previously a Davis Faculty Scholar at Stanford University. His current research interests are in navigation and control; design and implementation of distributed robust planning algorithms to coordinate multiple autonomous vehicles in dynamic uncertain environments; adaptive flight control to enable autonomous agile flight and aerobatics; and experimental and theoretical robust control.
Dr. Greg Long is the Lead Instructor for the NEET Autonomous Machines Thread. He received his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University, his masters of science and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania, and his masters of liberal arts degree in mathematics for teaching from Harvard University.
Claire Traweek is a 2A major with a concentration in computing and a Russian and Eurasian studies minor. She has a UROP in the D'Arbeloff Laboratory and is a mentor at The Deep. She's done four MISTIs, including GTL in Moscow. After she graduates she plans to work on a 2.009 startup, Uplift.
Prof. Linda Griffith is the School of Engineering Teaching Innovation Professor of Biological and Mechanical Engineering and MacVicar Fellow at MIT, where she directs the Center for Gynepathology Research and the “Human Physiome on a Chip” project supported by the DARPA/NIH-funded Microphysiological Systems Program. Dr. Griffith received a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia Tech and a PhD degree from the University of California at Berkeley, both in chemical engineering. Dr. Griffith’s research is in the field of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. Her laboratory, in collaboration with J. Upton and C. Vacanti, was the first to combine a degradable scaffold with donor cells to create tissue-engineered cartilage in the shape of a human ear. The 3D Printing Process she co-invented for creation of complex biomaterials scaffolds is used for manufacture of FDA-approved scaffolds for bone regeneration. She is also contributed new concepts to nano-scale biophysical control of receptor engagement by biomaterials, and has developed and commercialized a microfluidic multi well bioreactor for 3D culture models of liver and other tissues.
Dr. Timothy Kassis is the Lead Instructor for the NEET Living Machines thread. Timothy obtained his B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nottingham, UK. and both his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He then went on to pursue postdoctoral studies at MIT in the Biological Engineering department before becoming the founding instructor for the NEET Living Machines thread. In addition to Timothy's interdisciplinary technical background, he has lived in six different countries on three continents and thus values cultural diversity and a global perspective.
Ronit Langer is a Living Machines scholar who is currently a Scoville Fellow in Technology and International Affairs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She has a bachelor's from MIT in computer science, where she worked on numerous projects in the healthcare space. She has done extensive research for iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine), an international synthetic biology competition, and currently serves as their North American ambassador. She has also represented iGEM as a delegate at the Biological Weapons Convention and the Geneva Disarmament Platform.
Prof. Edward Crawley is the Ford Professor of Engineering at MIT and a founding Faculty Director of NEET. From 2011 to 2016 he served as the founding president of the Skolkovo Insitute of Science and Technology, Moscow, a new university focused on science and innovation. Prior to that he served as the Director of the Bernard M. Gordon – MIT Engineering Leadership Program, an effort to significantly strengthen the quality of engineering leadership education for competitiveness and innovation. From 2003 to 2006 he served as the Executive Director of the Cambridge – MIT Institute, a joint venture with Cambridge University, funded by the British government and industry, with a mission to understand and generalize how universities act as engines of innovation and economic growth. For the previous seven years, he served as the Department Head of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, leading the strategic realignment of the department.
Course 2, 6-2
Course 2, 6-2
Ning (Alexa) Guan
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Advanced Materials Machines
Renewable Energy Machines
NEET Leadership and Staff
NEET Faculty Core Committee