Studying Abroad in Edinburgh

November 1st, 2018Study Abroad

By Milani Chatterji-Len '19 A model of the city of Edinburgh displayed in the city center I am a fourth year student in CEE and for the past couple of months, I have been studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh. It was a hard decision to leave MIT for a semester, but I wanted to try something different during my last year of undergrad. Studying in Edinburgh has been amazing so far – the city has a beautiful, rustic feel and classes are more laid back so I get the chance to explore. In the rest of this intro post, I’ll talk a little about the classes and student life here. The University of Edinburgh’s class registration system is more rigid than MIT’s. In addition, the department is more traditional in the sense that most classes are geared towards structures or environment. Since I am in the Systems Track in CEE, it has been fun getting to take classes that I ordinarily would not take at MIT. I am in two lab classes, Soil Mechanics and Water Engineering, Transport and Treatment. My other two classes are Sustainable Energy through the Mechanical Engineering Department and Designing and Doing Social Research through the Sociology Department. The labs have been my favorite part of courses here because they are interactive and I get to meet other students in the fairly large Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (with more than 50 students enrolled per year). We measured flow over different shaped weirs in one [...]

By Milani Chatterji-Len ’19

A model of the city of Edinburgh displayed in the city center

I am a fourth year student in CEE and for the past couple of months, I have been studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh. It was a hard decision to leave MIT for a semester, but I wanted to try something different during my last year of undergrad. Studying in Edinburgh has been amazing so far – the city has a beautiful, rustic feel and classes are more laid back so I get the chance to explore. In the rest of this intro post, I’ll talk a little about the classes and student life here.

The University of Edinburgh’s class registration system is more rigid than MIT’s. In addition, the department is more traditional in the sense that most classes are geared towards structures or environment. Since I am in the Systems Track in CEE, it has been fun getting to take classes that I ordinarily would not take at MIT. I am in two lab classes, Soil Mechanics and Water Engineering, Transport and Treatment. My other two classes are Sustainable Energy through the Mechanical Engineering Department and Designing and Doing Social Research through the Sociology Department. The labs have been my favorite part of courses here because they are interactive and I get to meet other students in the fairly large Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (with more than 50 students enrolled per year).

We measured flow over different shaped weirs in one of our Water Engineering labs

There is a lot less contact time in classes, tutorials and labs than I am used to having at MIT. I have had to adjust to doing a lot more self-studying in libraries and cafes throughout the city. While I find independent study to be less engaging, this format has allowed me ample time to explore! Studying in Edinburgh sort of feels like going to Hogwarts. Throughout the city there are beautifully-preserved buildings and narrow alleyways, complete with cobbled streets. When I have extra time I go on walks down the Royal Mile, the main thoroughfare going through Old Town Edinburgh. Or if I’m feeling more adventurous I’ll grab a few friends and hike up Arthur’s Seat, a stunning ridge with views across the city that is only a few minutes’ walk away from the center of campus.

Two other study abroad students and me atop Arthur’s Seat, with a view of the city in the background

So far studying at the University of Edinburgh has been incredibly different from MIT with regards to both studies and style of living. I have enjoyed the challenge of adapting to a new environment and am continually learning about the city and the university. I am looking forward to the next month and a half of studying alongside students from all over the UK and the world. Stay tuned to hear more about my experience in Edinburgh!

 

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The CEE Run Club Attends (and wins!) Cambridge Monster Dash 5K

October 31st, 2018Uncategorized

On Sunday, October 28th, part of the CEE Run Club attended the popular Cambridge Monster Dash, to get a good workout after a hard week of study. A 9am 5K run seemed like a good opportunity to break free from all responsibilities, so that’s what we did! Cruella Devil looking for some Dalmatians in Cambridge! The team, led by Academic Administrator Kiley Clapper, met early to check in with everyone and decide the best strategy for the race, i.e. go out there and enjoy the run! Some wearing more layers than others, we all gathered in front of the starting line to do our last stretches before the race car started the engine. Then, the race was on! The team was in high spirits despite the unwelcome, but expected, fall Boston rain Together with other more prepared runners, Gabriel, Ari, Luke and Bing rapidly disappeared from the rest of the group's view. With them at the front, the group dispersed, some trying to find a higher pace while others found time to chat for a while. At the end, Gabriel and Ari sprinted for victory, both stopping the clock at the same time. The rest of the team finished the short race in the following minutes, and we celebrated together the first 5K of the 2018/2019 season! It will probably not be the last, so stay tuned for more!      

On Sunday, October 28th, part of the CEE Run Club attended the popular Cambridge Monster Dash, to get a good workout after a hard week of study. A 9am 5K run seemed like a good opportunity to break free from all responsibilities, so that’s what we did!

Cruella Devil looking for some Dalmatians in Cambridge!

The team, led by Academic Administrator Kiley Clapper, met early to check in with everyone and decide the best strategy for the race, i.e. go out there and enjoy the run! Some wearing more layers than others, we all gathered in front of the starting line to do our last stretches before the race car started the engine. Then, the race was on!

The team was in high spirits despite the unwelcome, but expected, fall Boston rain

Together with other more prepared runners, Gabriel, Ari, Luke and Bing rapidly disappeared from the rest of the group’s view. With them at the front, the group dispersed, some trying to find a higher pace while others found time to chat for a while.

At the end, Gabriel and Ari sprinted for victory, both stopping the clock at the same time. The rest of the team finished the short race in the following minutes, and we celebrated together the first 5K of the 2018/2019 season! It will probably not be the last, so stay tuned for more!

 

 

 

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Professor John Williams and Dr. Abel Sanchez author a new course

October 26th, 20182018 News in Brief

Professor John Williams, and research scientist Dr. Abel Sanchez, are introducing a new 2-month online course, called Digital Transformation, which offers an MIT certificate issued by the Professional Education Program, upon satisfactory completion. The course is targeted at industry executives and managers who need to understand the technologies driving the digital revolution, and how they can transform their business operations. The first cohort of students will start on November 28 and will study modules about AI and the future of work, cloud computing, the internet of things, blockchain and cybersecurity. Read more here.

Professor John Williams, and research scientist Dr. Abel Sanchez, are introducing a new 2-month online course, called Digital Transformation, which offers an MIT certificate issued by the Professional Education Program, upon satisfactory completion. The course is targeted at industry executives and managers who need to understand the technologies driving the digital revolution, and how they can transform their business operations. The first cohort of students will start on November 28 and will study modules about AI and the future of work, cloud computing, the internet of things, blockchain and cybersecurity. Read more here.

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Graduate student Sid Pai won a best poster award at an international atmospheric chemistry conference

October 26th, 20182018 News in Brief

Sid Pai, a graduate student in Professor Colette Heald’s lab won a best poster award at the International Atmospheric Chemistry Conference in Takamatsu, Japan. The conference had over 700 attendees, including several people from Professor Heald and Associate Professor Jesse Kroll’s labs. Pai received a glass blown trophy with the award.

Sid Pai, a graduate student in Professor Colette Heald’s lab won a best poster award at the International Atmospheric Chemistry Conference in Takamatsu, Japan. The conference had over 700 attendees, including several people from Professor Heald and Associate Professor Jesse Kroll’s labs. Pai received a glass blown trophy with the award.

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Graduate student Samuel Raymond receives Shoji Award

October 22nd, 20182018 News in Brief

Graduate student Samuel Raymond received the Shoji award on October 17, for Innovation in Information Technology. Raymond’s cutting-edge work includes modeling complex subsurface physics and developing advanced software systems to simulate complex problems. He has shown that, by including modern machine learning tools, these systems can “learn the laws of physics” and solve problems in a fraction of the time it used to. The compelling combination of Big Data and Big Computation will bring significant advancements to the scientific community.

Graduate student Samuel Raymond received the Shoji award on October 17, for Innovation in Information Technology. Raymond’s cutting-edge work includes modeling complex subsurface physics and developing advanced software systems to simulate complex problems. He has shown that, by including modern machine learning tools, these systems can “learn the laws of physics” and solve problems in a fraction of the time it used to. The compelling combination of Big Data and Big Computation will bring significant advancements to the scientific community.

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Professor Eduardo Kausel responds to article in the June 2018 issue of Scientific American

October 19th, 20182018 News in Brief

Professor Emeritus Eduardo Kausel, sheds light on Erik Vance’s article in SCIAM, “Can You Supercharge Your Baby?,” which discusses augmentation of young children’s mental development through modern toys and videos. Kausel argues that games are based on arbitrary rules, which are fun and make sense only if all children collectively abide by these rules. When children play alone on their own digital devices, they are not required to play fair and moreover, they never learn to resolve conflicts with other children. Read more here.

Professor Emeritus Eduardo Kausel, sheds light on Erik Vance’s article in SCIAM, “Can You Supercharge Your Baby?,” which discusses augmentation of young children’s mental development through modern toys and videos. Kausel argues that games are based on arbitrary rules, which are fun and make sense only if all children collectively abide by these rules. When children play alone on their own digital devices, they are not required to play fair and moreover, they never learn to resolve conflicts with other children. Read more here.

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