Professor Markus Buehler and members of Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics create regenerated silk material with higher strength and the ability to hold new shapes

November 9th, 20172017 News in Brief

McAfee Professor of Engineering and head of CEE Markus Buehler, postdoc Shengjie Ling and research scientist Zhao Qin created reconstituted silk that has higher strength and can be formed into new shapes and structures that are not feasible with natural silk. The paper was published in Nature Communications. Read more on MIT News.

McAfee Professor of Engineering and head of CEE Markus Buehler, postdoc Shengjie Ling and research scientist Zhao Qin created reconstituted silk that has higher strength and can be formed into new shapes and structures that are not feasible with natural silk. The paper was published in Nature Communications. Read more on MIT News.

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Professor Yossi Sheffi pens op ed for Wall Street Journal encouraging the integration of “soft skills” in Supply-Chain Management

November 7th, 20172017 News in Brief

Yossi Sheffi, Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems and CEE, and Director of the Center for Transportation and Logistics, recently wrote an op ed for the Wall Street Journal in which he argues that supply-chain managers need to be trained in “soft skills,” like communications and leadership. Read more here.

Yossi Sheffi, Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems and CEE, and Director of the Center for Transportation and Logistics, recently wrote an op ed for the Wall Street Journal in which he argues that supply-chain managers need to be trained in “soft skills,” like communications and leadership. Read more here.

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CEE New Research Reception provides update on department initiatives and research

November 7th, 20172017 News in Brief

The CEE New Research Reception, held on October 26, brought together CEE alumni, friends and community members to hear about updates on the department and new research initiatives. The event featured research presentations from Professor Oral Buyukozturk, Institute Professor Penny Chisholm, Assistant Professor Tal Cohen, and H.M. King Bhumibol Professor Dennis McLaughlin. Read more about the event on MIT News.  

The CEE New Research Reception, held on October 26, brought together CEE alumni, friends and community members to hear about updates on the department and new research initiatives. The event featured research presentations from Professor Oral Buyukozturk, Institute Professor Penny Chisholm, Assistant Professor Tal Cohen, and H.M. King Bhumibol Professor Dennis McLaughlin. Read more about the event on MIT News.  

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Inside CEE MEng Design Projects

November 7th, 2017MEng

By AJ Unander MEng ’17 The design projects integrated into the curriculum of the MEng program were some of the most impactful parts of my experience. Each semester we were divided into groups of 3-4 students and tasked with designing a structure from scratch. In the fall semester the challenge was to cover the courtyard of Building 14 with a roof in order to create a space that could be used year-round. In the second semester, we designed a tall building that could fit into New York City’s Hudson Yards development. My team designed a wooden, grid shell structure that would be freestanding within the courtyard. Not only are grid shells structurally efficient, but the triangular panels allowed for unique architectural schemes. Each project began with research about design codes, construction constraints, site conditions and structural precedents. Studying historic and previously completed structures was something I had never done before in undergrad and it gave me a greater appreciation for the history of structural engineering. The designs of Heinz Isler, Jurg Conzett and Robert Maillart inspired me to design my project as efficiently as their structures. These projects allowed me to practice the fundamentals I learned in undergrad in a semi-professional environment. Each week we met with Professor Ochsendorf and Gordana Herning to be critiqued and questioned about our design decisions. Often, they would bring in industry professionals to comment on our designs as well. Their professional engineering experience was very valuable to learning how a project is developed and [...]

By AJ Unander MEng ’17

The design projects integrated into the curriculum of the MEng program were some of the most impactful parts of my experience. Each semester we were divided into groups of 3-4 students and tasked with designing a structure from scratch. In the fall semester the challenge was to cover the courtyard of Building 14 with a roof in order to create a space that could be used year-round. In the second semester, we designed a tall building that could fit into New York City’s Hudson Yards development.

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My team designed a wooden, grid shell structure that would be freestanding within the courtyard.

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Not only are grid shells structurally efficient, but the triangular panels allowed for unique architectural schemes.

Each project began with research about design codes, construction constraints, site conditions and structural precedents. Studying historic and previously completed structures was something I had never done before in undergrad and it gave me a greater appreciation for the history of structural engineering. The designs of Heinz Isler, Jurg Conzett and Robert Maillart inspired me to design my project as efficiently as their structures.

These projects allowed me to practice the fundamentals I learned in undergrad in a semi-professional environment. Each week we met with Professor Ochsendorf and Gordana Herning to be critiqued and questioned about our design decisions. Often, they would bring in industry professionals to comment on our designs as well. Their professional engineering experience was very valuable to learning how a project is developed and the considerations outside of the calculations. At the end of the each semester we presented our design proposals to a panel of engineers, professors and staff from MIT Building Services.

Out of the classes, thesis and projects that make up the MEng program, the design projects were the most useful to my career today. They gave me a multitude of material to discuss during interviews, and demonstrated that I could think through a design challenge in a coherent way, something employers really look for. Understanding the evolution of a building design and the many constraints imposed on structural engineers was very useful as well. Finally, learning to work through decisions and responsibilities as a team was vital, as all projects in the industry are the result of teams of architects, engineers and builders.

AJ Unander completed the MEng program in 2017 with a focus in structural engineering. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016 with a bachelor of science in Civil Engineering. Questions for AJ, or about the MEng program, can be emailed to cee-admissions@mit.edu.

More information, including a link to the application, can be found here.

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Professor John Ochsendorf donates exhibition of renowned vault builders for new museum

November 1st, 20172017 News in Brief

Class of 1942 Professor of CEE and Professor of Architecture John A. Ochsendorf donated an exhibition he created on renowned vault builders Rafael Guastavino and his son to organizers creating a museum about the Guastavinos. The exhibit, “Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces,” supplements Ochsendorf’s 2010 book, Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile. The exhibit launched at the Boston Public Library in 2012 and was donated to the Christmount Conference Center in Black Mountain, NC, where Guastavino’s estate is located. Read more here.

Class of 1942 Professor of CEE and Professor of Architecture John A. Ochsendorf donated an exhibition he created on renowned vault builders Rafael Guastavino and his son to organizers creating a museum about the Guastavinos. The exhibit, “Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces,” supplements Ochsendorf’s 2010 book, Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile. The exhibit launched at the Boston Public Library in 2012 and was donated to the Christmount Conference Center in Black Mountain, NC, where Guastavino’s estate is located. Read more here.

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Mars City Design project from Professor Caitlin Mueller, Postdoc Valentina Sumini and undergraduate Zoe Lallas featured on MIT News

October 31st, 20172017 News in Brief

A Mars City Design project from Assistant Professor of CEE and Architecture Caitlin Mueller, postdoctoral fellow Valentina Sumini, and undergraduate student Zoe Lallas, was recently featured on MIT News. The urban design project, called Redwood Forest, utilizes the local Mars environment to create dwellings for humans. Sumini and Lallas are part of the interdisciplinary team of MIT students working on the project, and Mueller is leading the group. Read more on MIT News.

A Mars City Design project from Assistant Professor of CEE and Architecture Caitlin Mueller, postdoctoral fellow Valentina Sumini, and undergraduate student Zoe Lallas, was recently featured on MIT News. The urban design project, called Redwood Forest, utilizes the local Mars environment to create dwellings for humans. Sumini and Lallas are part of the interdisciplinary team of MIT students working on the project, and Mueller is leading the group. Read more on MIT News.

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