The Climate & Sustainability Systems thread provides the training needed for innovating the materials, devices, processes, and networked systems to support the urgent and necessary transition towards net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and a more sustainable planet. The thread will emphasize decarbonization across our energy, industrial, transportation, and urban systems while maintaining awareness of the potential for unintended consequences in shifting the burden to other social, economic, and environmental metrics of sustainability.
In the Materials Machines track of the Climate & Sustainability Systems thread, you will learn design methods and machine controls, and the application of advanced materials, technologies, and processes to meet climate and sustainability goals.
Introductory project course (recommended Sophomore Fall)
3.0061/22.03 Introduction to Design Thinking and Rapid Prototyping (6 units) or alternative
Intermediate project course (recommended Junior Year)
2.008 Design and Manufacturing II or alternative
Capstone level project courses (can be taken Junior and/or Senior Year)
Take any two of the following:
3.042 Materials Project Laboratory2.013 Engineering Systems Design2.014 Engineering Systems Development10.467 Polymer Science LaboratoryUROP in materials and manufacturing2.S981 Special Subject in Mechanical Engineering or other advanced projects class
Seminar (participation in 3 semesters over the course of 3 years, can do more)
3.006 Speaker series, career input, and hands-on activities (3 units per semester)(Within sophomore year: survey horizontal activities; within junior year: vertical semester where you work towards improved mastery of one AMM related activity; senior: activities to reinforce your UROP, your capstone, or develop your own specialization)
Suggested Foundation Subjects (not required)
3.010 Structure of Materials3.013 Mechanics of Materials or (2.001 Mechanics and Materials I and 2.002 Mechanics and Materials II)3.020 Thermodynamics of Materials3.044 Materials Processing or 2.005 Thermal-Fluids Engineering I
3.0061 Assistive Design
This project explores redesigning a tape dispenser to better serve the visually impaired
3.0061 Assistive Design
Scholars designed a system to 3D print custom widgets that can be attached to a combination lock and allow the user to easily unlock the lock without being able to read the dial, then is easy to remove to keep the lock secure.
3.0061 Final Project
This project imagines a system spanning from supply chains to checkout hardware that would allow many more day-to-day products to be sold in bulk, encouraging the use of reusable containers, to replace many items now only available in single-use packaging.
3.0061: Intro to Design
This introductory level project course is designed to provide hands-on experiences in creativity, project scoping, rapid prototyping, and fabrication skills you will need to quickly make your ideas come to life. The goal is to gain make and build confidence and to provide some familiarity with relevant prototyping tools.
3.006: NEET AMM Seminar
The Advanced Materials Machines NEET Seminar is brings scholars together around a series of colloquia with professional engineers and industry experts, and into various labs and fabrication facilities on campus to gain hands-on experience with a wide range of materials and processes.
2.008: Design and Manufacturing II
Integration of design, engineering, and management disciplines and practices for analysis and design of manufacturing enterprises. Emphasis is on the physics and stochastic nature of manufacturing processes and systems, and their effects on quality, rate, cost, and flexibility. Topics include process physics and control, design for manufacturing, and manufacturing systems. Group project requires design and fabrication of parts using mass-production and assembly methods to produce a product in quantity.
Prof. Elsa Olivetti
Founding Thread Lead
Materials Science and Engineering
Prof. John Hart
Thread Faculty Team
Lead Instructor, NEET
School of Engineering
MM Student Council
Materials Science and EngineeringClass of 2022
MM Student Council
Mechanical EngineeringClass of 2023