Jaden Smith visits CEE

Actor and rapper Jaden Smith visited MIT on Monday, September 11, and stopped by CEE to learn more about Course 1. Undergraduates Amber VanHemel, Mark Mockett and David Wu, as well as department head Markus Buehler, met with Smith to talk about their experiences in CEE, including Wu’s participation in Materials in Art, Archaeology, and [...]

Research from Professor David Simchi-Levi provides critical insight into product pricing for online retailers

A new machine-learning algorithm from Professor David Simchi-Levi has helped online retailers determine the ideal price for products. The method led to an increase in revenue, profit and market share for retailers such as Rue La La, Groupon and B2W. It could also be used for other industries, including consumer products, airline and banking. Read [...]

Professors Otto Cordero and Roman Stocker host kickoff meeting for newly launched Simons Foundation collaboration

On Friday, September 8, Assistant Professor Otto Cordero and Visiting Associate Professor Roman Stocker hosted a group of researchers at MIT for the first meeting of the Simons Foundation collaboration "Theory of Microbial Ecosystems” (THE-ME). THE-ME aims to understand basic principles and laws of microbial ecosystems. Read more about the collaboration here.

Professor Oral Buyukozturk receives major research grant from Shell

Professor Oral Buyukozturk recently received a $1.3 million research grant from Shell to develop innovative technologies to detect and characterize oil operation induced earthquakes in areas near urban populations and to study the effects in neighborhood buildings. These operations and their locations are of significant concern and are challenging to characterize from both social and [...]

Concrete Sustainability Hub travels to New Brunswick to investigate durability of concrete in Mactaquac Dam

This summer, members of the Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) traveled to New Brunswick, Canada to get a firsthand look at concrete durability issues at the Mactaquac Dam. CSHub is collaborating with researchers from the University of New Brunswick and Oregon State University to pursue a multi-faceted research project into the multiple durability issues that affect [...]

Professor Markus Buehler’s research featured in Popular Science

Research from McAfee Professor of Engineering and Department Head Markus Buehler and graduate student Grace Gu into the unique structure of conch shells was featured in Popular Science. The article details three bioinspired materials: alligator gar, conch shells, and spider silk, each with potential to be used for body armor. In the article, Buehler discusses [...]

Department hosts 30 children and teenagers on campus for the second annual CEE Kids Camp

On August 15, a group of 30 children and teenagers came to campus to participate in the second annual CEE Kids Camp. The day-long event featured numerous STEM activities for children of all ages and abilities, which were hosted by Professors Tal Cohen and Admir Masic, as well as graduate students, postdocs and researchers from [...]

Research from Professor Jesse Kroll identifies previously unknown organic compounds in the atmosphere

New research from Associate Professor of CEE and Chemical Engineering Jesse Kroll and James Hunter PhD ’15, now a technical instructor in DMSE, fills in significant gaps in the inventory of organic compounds in the atmosphere. The result of a large, collaborative field study, the research identifies previously unknown organic compounds in the atmosphere. Colette [...]

Simons Foundation funds alliance between CEE and EAPS

The Darwin Project, an alliance between oceanographers and microbiologists in CEE and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), received funding from the Simons Foundation to expand computing resources to model microbial communities. The funding will also provide support for the Chisholm Lab to use larger metagenomic libraries. Read more on MIT News. [...]

New Research from Professor Elfatih Eltahir shows intense heat waves could harm South Asia

New research from Breene M. Kerr Professor Elfatih Eltahir shows that deadly heat waves could harm South Asia, the home to one-fifth of the world’s population. The research suggests that climate change may cause summer heat waves with fatal levels of heat and humidity, and that these heat waves may occur in the next few [...]