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NEET "Learning Vignette Series" Launch

Nov 18, 2021

We have embarked on a new pilot for introducing our sophomore-year Scholars to the NEET Ways of Thinking. This pilot project, led by Dr. Rea Lavi, NEET Lecturer and Curriculum Designer, is the NEET Learning Vignette Series, co-developed with experts from around MIT: Creative Thinking, with Prof. Les Norford and Maroula Zacharias from School of Architecture and Planning; Ethical Thinking, with Mallory Webber from School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; and Learning How To Learn, with Karrie Peterson and Elizabeth Kuhlman from MIT Libraries.
Each vignette is made-up of a short video (~10 minutes) and a reflective assignment based on the video. The assignment should take ~35 minutes to complete. While these vignettes are not mandatory for NEET Scholars, we recommend completing them during the sophomore year. And even if you're not a NEET Scholar, we recommend you check these out! We hope you find them informative and useful.
 The first vignette we're piloting this semester is Ethical Thinking for Engineers, developed by Dr. Lavi and Mallory Webber from the Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy in MIT SHASS. Check out the video here and the reflective assignment form here. You're welcome to send feedback to Rea at ude.tim%40ivalaer.


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NEET Faculty Lead Mike Short Featured in MIT School of Engineering Video "Wizard Professor"

Nov 1, 2021

A video featuring MIT Prof. Mike short, and how he engages students in his introductory nuclear physics class..
"Short is a wizard professor, casting spells on his students, whom he refers to as "raw stuff" and "absolutely brilliant" as he leads them through personalized, unique, and often outrageous-sounding assignments that help them not only understand, but also come to love the subject. In his ever-expanding quest for teaching excellence, Short took advantage of the unforeseen twists and turns of the pandemic to unlock secret passages to new horizons in learning."
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NEET at the 128th Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Oct 13, 2021

Technical paperA peer-reviewed paper co-authored by NEET instructors on NEET's pivot to remote teaching from Spring-Fall 2020 has been published in the proceedings of the 2021 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference. This paper covers NEET’s emergency teaching efforts during Spring 2020 (following the campus shutdown mid-March) as well as planned remote teaching efforts during Fall 2020. It details strategies and solutions for project-centric, team-based, and hands-on remote pedagogy. You can access the paper here.
Panel discussionA NEET team comprising Autonomous Machines Scholar Leilani Trautman ’21, Executive Director Dr. Babi Mitra, and Curriculum Designer Dr. Rea Lavi, took part in an online panel discussion titled Innovations Worth Advancing: Big Ideas and Putting Them into Action. The panel was presented by the University of Maryland at the ASEE annual conference. You can watch a recording of the panel here.


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NEET paper on "The NEET Ways of Thinking: Implementing them at MIT and assessing their efficacy" appears in AEE Special Issue

Sept 29, 2021

Our peer-reviewed paper titled The NEET Ways of Thinking: Implementing them at MIT and assessing their efficacy has been published in a Spring 2021 special issue of Advances in Engineering Education (AEE). This issue is titled Worldwide Leading Innovative Engineering Education Programs. NEET executive director Babi Mitra is one of the three guest editors of this special issue. You can access the paper here and read more about the special issue here.

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NEET Founding Thread Lead Prof. Elsa Olivetti wins 2021 MIT Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching

August 11, 2021

Prof. Olivetti's contributions include "designing and implementing a subject on industrial ecology and materials, co-design of the Advanced Materials Machines NEET program, and developing a new undergraduate curriculum." She is also co-director of the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium.

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NEET Steering Committee member Maria Yang appointed Associate Dean of MIT's School of Engineering

August 11, 2021

NEET Steering Committee member Maria Yang, Gail E. Kendall Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was named Associate Dean of MIT's School of Engineering, along with Daniel Hastings, Cecil and Ida Green Education Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

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NEET Executive Director Amitava 'Babi' Mitra delivers Keynote Address at Regional Research Symposium on Problem Based Learning 2021

July 14, 2021

NEET Executive Director Amitava 'Babi' Mitra delivered a keynote address at the Regional Research Symposium on Problem Based Learning (RRSPBL 2021) on June 18th, 2021. In his address, he described how the NEET program at MIT uses problem based learning to help students build "the essential skills, knowledge, and qualities needed to address the formidable societal challenges posed by the 21st century." The symposium was organized by the Karnataka State Higher Education Council, Bengaluru, India in collaboration with the UNESCO Aalborg Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability, Aalborg University, Denmark.

Indian Express, Bengaluru June 19, 2021
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NEET Autonomous Machines Senior Project featured in the May/June 2021 issue of The Infinite

June 15, 2021

In his cover note, Dean of Engineering Anantha Chandrakasan writes that "You’ll also meet some of our recent graduates who fondly recall their experiences in the New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) and working from a distance and across the globe to design an autonomous air pollution monitoring system." The project was designed by NEET AM seniors Chloe Nelson-Arzuaga, Jeana Choi, Daniel Gonzalez-Diaz, Leilani Trautman, Rima Rebei, and Berke Saat.

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NEET Digital Cities junior Amelia Dogan contributes to panel on the complexities of Asian American identity and recognition in higher education

May 24, 2021

"A broad-ranging panel discussion on May 18 examined the complexities of Asian American and Pacific Islander identity and acceptance at MIT, while underscoring the need for collaborative work among groups to combat prejudice and create equity."

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NEET Living Machines Faculty Lead Linda Griffith featured in NYT Profiles in Science for her work on endometriosis

April 27, 2021

Professor Griffith's mission is to change the conversation about endometriosis “from one of women’s pain to one of biomarkers, genetics, and molecular networks.” NEET Living Machines students have the opportunity to do research in Prof. Griffith's Center for Gynepathology Research at MIT.

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"Up for a Challenge": MIT News Profiles NEET Living Machines senior Jose Aceves-Salvador

April 22, 2021

An MIT Biology major with a concentration in Education, Jose Aceves-Salvador is also a teacher, mentor, researcher, dancer and cheerleader who will be attending Harvard Medical School this fall to pursue a PhD through the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program.

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NEET Living Machines Faculty Lead Linda Griffith among five MIT faculty members elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences for 2021

April 22, 2021

"Five MIT faculty members are among more than 250 leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the academy announced Thursday."

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NEET Faculty Leads Elsa Olivetti and Michael Short Among 2021 MacVicar Faculty Fellows

March 11, 2021

"The Office of the Vice Chancellor and the Registrar’s Office have announced this year’s Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellows: professor of mathematics Larry Guth, associate professor of materials science and engineering Elsa Olivetti, associate professor of nuclear science and engineering professor Michael Short, and professor of biology and biological engineering Michael Yaffe."

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NEET Scholar Amy Jin named 2021 Gates Cambridge Scholar

Feb 22, 2021

"MIT senior Amy Jin has won the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which offers students an opportunity to pursue graduate study in the field of their choice at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Jin will join the other 23 U.S. citizens in being members of the 20th class of scholars."

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NEET Faculty Lead Jonathan How Among Four MIT Researchers Elected to the National Academy of Engineering for 2021

Feb 12, 2021

"Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to 'engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature' and to 'the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.'" 

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NEET Junior Lilly Papalia's Team Wins GM/MIT Blacktop Build in IAP 2020

March 15, 2020

Lilly's team project focused on finding a way to create multiple test audio files for voice recognition in GM cars. The team participated in an externship at the GM plant in Warren MI where they worked on advancing their simulation concept.


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    2021 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education Awarded to MIT Educators, Linda Griffith and Douglas Lauffenburger 

    January 7, 2021

    The National Academy of Engineering announced today that the 2021 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education will be awarded to Linda Griffith and Douglas Lauffenburger of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) “for the establishment of a new biology-based engineering education, producing a new generation of leaders capable of addressing world problems with innovative biological technologies.”

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    Saurabh Amin, Prof. Civil Engineering:  Striving to make our infrastructure safer

    December 6, 2020

    The systems engineer focuses on making transportation, electricity, and water infrastructure more resilient against disruptions.

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    Mark Bathe, PhD  Bioeconomy Distinguished Lecture Series

    December 6, 2020

    Hosted by the NSF, and first in the series of invited lecturers, 12/3/20Prof Bathe, Faculty co-director of NEET:
    A Tale of 2 Strands: From Genomes to Origami, Vaccines, Data Storage, and Back

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    Universities as Engines of Economic Development: Making Knowledge Exchange Work

    New Book Published!

    Co-authored by Edward Crawley, John Hegarty, Kristina Edström and Juan Cristobal Garcia Sanchez (SM '20), this book demonstrates how universities can contribute to economic recovery after Covid-19, shaping universities to be engines of economic development.

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    NEET presented at the 125th, 126th and 127th Annual Conferences of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

    6/23/2018; 6/1/2019; 6/25/2020

    Executive Director, Dr. Babi Mitra, presented NEET at the 2020, 2019 and 2018 ASEE annual conferences.

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    Class of 2020 - 1st annual NEET Conferment Ceremony Celebration!

    05/27/2020

    Celebrating our first class of graduating seniors ~ from the Autonomous Machines and Living Machines Threads, in the New Engineering Education Transformation program! Congratulations to all~!

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    Testing the waters

    1/28/2020

    MIT sophomore Rachel Shen looks for microscopic solutions to big environmental challenges.

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    NEET welcomes Boeing sponsorship

    4/23/2019

    Collaboration will help MIT students become leaders in autonomous machines.

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    NEET presented to the Institute of Biological Engineering

    4/4/2019

    Lead Instructor, Dr. Timothy Kassis, presented NEET at the annual IBE conference.

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    Colloquium on the Global State of the Art in Engineering Education

    4/1/2019

    Jointly convened by NEET and Olin College. 94 participants from the 16 current and emerging global leaders identified in the global undergraduate education benchmarking study.

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    A Recipe for Health

    10/9/2018

    Top Chef host and executive producer, Padma Lakshmi, visits Living Machines.

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    MIT alumnus and GM engineer returns to campus to inspire student innovation

    9/8/2018

    Will Dickson ’14 is trailblazing new ways to spark collaborations and scout talent.

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    A NEET New Approach to Engineering Education

    8/21/2018

    TO SUCCEED IN TODAY’S ENGINEERING WORKFORCE, students need more than a grounding in theory: they also need the skills and confidence to bring new ideas into reality through interdisciplinary teamwork.

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    Following the Thread

    8/21/2018

    TO SUCCEED IN TODAY’S ENGINEERING WORKFORCE, students need more than a grounding in theory: they also need the skills and confidence to bring new ideas into reality through interdisciplinary teamwork.

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    MIT Study: Dramatic Shifts Anticipated

    6/1/2018

    The future of engineering education is “rapid and fundamental change,” according to a recent study commissioned by MIT.

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    NEET will offer two new threads this fall

    4/13/2018

    NEET allows students to learn from a project-based, interdisciplinary approach.

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    Reimagining and rethinking engineering education

    3/27/2018

    New MIT report takes a worldwide look at the future of how engineers are trained.

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    MIT Festival of Learning: Expo

    2/27/2018

    How MIT is leading the educational revolution.

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    Putting projects at the forefront

    10/5/2017

    NEET pilot initiative centers around interdisciplinary projects to prepare students for the practice of engineering.

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    School of engineering to pilot interdisciplinary course roads

    8/24/2017

    This fall, MIT’s school of engineering will pilot a new format for guiding students’ educational path, as an alternative to existing majors, minors, and concentrations.