Jaden Smith visits CEE

September 22nd, 20172017 News in Brief

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 Architecture (ONE-MA3). Read more in The Tech.

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 Architecture (ONE-MA3). Read more in The Tech.

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

September 19th, 20172017 News in Brief

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 more on MIT News.

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 more on MIT News.

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

September 19th, 20172017 News in Brief

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.

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.

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Professor Oral Buyukozturk receives major research grant from Shell

September 19th, 20172017 News in Brief

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 scientific perspectives. Buyukozturk is the Principal Investigator for the project, along with co-PI Nafi Toksöz of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS).

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 scientific perspectives. Buyukozturk is the Principal Investigator for the project, along with co-PI Nafi Toksöz of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS).

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

September 13th, 20172017 News in Brief

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 concrete, include one that affects the dam. CSHub is studying an alkali-silica chemical reaction, using computational methods to get a complete understanding of the reaction, which is known to cause cracking and structural problems that are slowly expanding the dam. Read more here.

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 concrete, include one that affects the dam. CSHub is studying an alkali-silica chemical reaction, using computational methods to get a complete understanding of the reaction, which is known to cause cracking and structural problems that are slowly expanding the dam. Read more here.

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Professor Markus Buehler’s research featured in Popular Science

September 8th, 20172017 News in Brief

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 the unique composition and structure of conch shells, and the future possibilities for creating better forming and customizable sports helmets. Read more here.

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 the unique composition and structure of conch shells, and the future possibilities for creating better forming and customizable sports helmets. Read more here.

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