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MISTI Global Start up Labs

MIT Global Startup Labs was founded with the mission to cultivate, support and empower a generation of young tech-entrepreneurs in emerging nations.

2.752 Development of Mechanical Products

Focuses on evolving a product from proof-of-concept to beta prototype: Includes team building, project planning, budgeting, resource planning; models for scaling, tolerancing and reliability, patents, business planning. Students/teams start with a proof-of-concept product they bring to class or select from projects provided by instructor. In lieu of taking 12 units of 2.THU, Course 2 majors taking 2.752 may write a bachelor's thesis that documents their contributions to the product developed in the team project. Students taking the graduate version complete additional assignments. Enrollment limited; preference to Course 2 majors and minors.

14.46 Innovation Policy and the Economy

Designed for students interested in how to best design innovation-related public policies. Addresses questions such as whether the patent system helps or hinders innovation, how the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) should allocate its funding across diseases, and whether the US would benefit from raising caps on the employment of skilled immigrants through the H-1B visa program. Presentations and writing assignments strengthen skills for effective communication.

EC.724 D-Lab: Smallholder Agriculture

Provides an overview of the scientific, social, and economic context of smallholder farmers in developing countries. Covers the scientific basis and environmental impacts of agriculture, the dynamics of smallholder farming, social and business systems, and the experience of farmers themselves. Lectures, guest experts, experiential activities, and semester projects with community partners contribute to learning objectives. Opportunities for summer fieldwork may be available. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments. Limited to 15.

Graduate Materials Council

Student council to organize academic social and outreach events for current and incoming students and post doctoral associates in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and facilitate interaction with other departments faculty and alumni.

GEL 1 12 units (6.902, 6.911, 6.912)

GEL supplements MIT’s technical education with the leadership skills that prepare young engineers for productive and effective careers at engineering companies. In GEL1, students complete two short courses in which they learn leadership frameworks and models and practice these skills through simulations and other assignments. In weekly Engineering Leadership Labs, students gain experience both being a team member and a team leader, working on hands-on activities that introduce industry contexts. These experiences, combined with reflection opportunities like the Personal Leadership Development Plan and the Engineering Practice Requirement, enable students to improve and grow. GEL has partnered with industry members and others to offer mentors to GEL students. These mentors are available to advise and assist students in their development as engineering leaders, both in the program and on outside projects (optional for interested students).

MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI)

MIT's flagship international education program, matching over 900 undergraduate and graduate students with tailored internship, teaching, and research opportunities around the world each year.

MIT Sloan Blockchain Club

The MIT Sloan Blockchain Business Club brings MIT the skills and community to create more knowledgeable, well-rounded, future leaders in the Blockchain world. We bring together a community of exceptional talents at MIT and the greater Boston area to create and accelerate the growth of startups and innovation in Blockchain and make a large positive difference to the world.

15.3941 Dilemmas in Founding New Ventures

Explores key organizational and strategic decisions in founding and building a new venture. Through a series of cases, readings, and activities, students examine the trade-offs and consequences of early founder decisions: whom to include in the founding team, how to allocate equity among co-founders, how to determine founder roles, how to hire and motivate early-employees, and whether to involve external investors. Aims to equip students with tools and frameworks to help them understand the implications of early decisions, and to build enduring resources that enable the venture to execute even if the original plan changes substantially. Meets with 15.394 when offered concurrently. Expectations and evaluation criteria differ for students taking graduate version; consult syllabus or instructor for specific details.

InCube

A rapidly growing community of creators who share one simple desire: to collaborate on passions with amazing people.

2.98 Sports Technology: Engineering & Innovation

Examines the future of sports technology across technical disciplines, including mechanical design, biomechanics, quantified self, sports analytics, and business strategies. Includes visits by leaders in the field to discuss various industries, career pathways, and opportunities for innovation in the field. Projects explore and potentially kickoff larger research and/or entrepreneurial initiatives.

MIT Sloan Automotive and Mobility Club

To give Sloanies an opportunity to explore existing interests and discover new avenues into the automotive and mobility industries. A secondary purpose to the club is to strengthen relationships with automotive and mobility companies in an effort to increase interest in internship and full-time recruitment of MIT Sloan students. The automotive and mobility industries are rapidly evolving given the introduction of ride-sharing services, electric vehicles, and autonomous vehicles. Through this club, Sloanies will be able to partake in this evolution. Furthermore, the MIT Sloan School has deep ties to the automotive industry. Alfred P. Sloan, our school’s namesake, was the Chairman, CEO of General Motors from the 1920s to the 1950s. This club would not only honor our school’s heritage, but it would also help MIT Sloan build a presence in the automotive/mobility space, something our school lacks today.

EC.729[J] D-Lab: Design for Scale

Focuses on product development of technologies for people in less industrialized markets. Students work in interdisciplinary teams to develop previously established prototypes or technologies towards manufacturing-ready product designs. Topics are presented within the context of the developing world and include technology feasibility and scalability assessment; value chain analysis; product specification; design for affordability, manufacturability, usability, and desirability; and product testing and manufacturing at various scales. Lessons are experiential and case study-based; taught by instructors with field experience and by industry experts from product development consulting firms and the consumer electronics industry. Student taking graduate version complete additional oral and written assignments.

Water Club

The premier network for water-related research and innovation at MIT.

4.140[J] How to Make (Almost) Anything

Provides a practical hands-on introduction to digital fabrication, including CAD/CAM/CAE, NC machining, 3-D printing and scanning, molding and casting, composites, laser and waterjet cutting, PCB design and fabrication; sensors and actuators; mixed-signal instrumentation, embedded processing, and wired and wireless communications. Develops an understanding of these capabilities through projects using them individually and jointly to create functional systems.

MIT delta v

The capstone entrepreneurial education experience for MIT students, the delta v accelerator in MIT and New York City prepares student-led ventures to hit escape velocity and launch into the real world.

Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS)

Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) is committed to addressing complex societal challenges by advancing education and research at the intersection of statistics, data science, information and decision systems, and social sciences.

3.38 Ceramics: Processing, Properties and Functional Devices

Explores modern ceramic processing - ranging from large-scale synthesis, 3D manufacturing and printing to nanoscale-thin film structures integrated for microelectronics useful for material, chemical, electronic or mechanical engineers. Examples of devices studied include opto-electronic materials, sensors, memories, batteries, solar-to-fuel convertors, and solid oxide fuel cells. Provides the skills and guidance to design ceramic and glassy materials for large-scale components as energy storage or convertors, or for nano-scale electronic applications in information storage devices.

Undergraduate Association

MIT's undergraduate student government, set up to improve student life at MIT.

Electric Vehicle Team

The MIT Electric Vehicle Team (EVT) is a group of active undergraduate and graduate students at MIT who are dedicated to the research design and operation of electric vehicles (EVs).

ICEO

The Institute Community and Equity Officer (ICEO) serves as a thought leader on the subjects of community, equity, inclusion, and diversity; a focal point for organizing MIT’s related activities and conversations; and a hands-on practitioner who disseminates best practices and inspires the awareness and enthusiasm to help them flourish.

AI Latin American SumMIT Hackathon

Hackathon with strong focus on AI+Health

Association of Computational Science and Engineering Students

The Association of Computational Science and Engineering Students exists to: facilitate social bonding among students in CDO CSE and other computation-related programs; offer a platform for students to gather and discuss ongoing research.

MakerBreak

A celebration of making for the MIT community.

MIT Navy ROTC

The Old Ironsides Battalion comprises midshipmen from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, and Tufts University. The unit is located at MIT, where students from all three schools attend Naval Science classes, leadership labs, and physical training. MIT NROTC is part of the Boston NROTC Consortium, along with Boston University NROTC. Our mission is to prepare students from these schools for commissioned service in the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps.

Rabobank-MIT Food & Agribusiness Innovation Prize

The premier business plan and pitch competition for U.S. university and graduate students developing new products or technologies to improve sustainability in our food system.

EC.713[J] D-Lab Schools: Building Technology Laboratory

Focuses on the design, analysis, and application of technologies that support the construction of less expensive and better performing schools in developing countries. Prepares students to design or retrofit school buildings in partnership with local communities and NGOs. Strategies covered include daylighting, passive heating and cooling, improved indoor air quality via natural ventilation, appropriate material selection, and structural design. Investigations are based on application of engineering fundamentals, experiments and simulations. Case studies illustrate the role of technologies in reducing barriers to improved education.

National Society of Black Engineers

Engineering Exposure: Increase the number of pre-college students on track to become engineers