Professor John Lienhard discusses the transformative work of the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab.
Current Issue: Summer 2015
Changing the global equation on water and food.
MIT is playing a key role in helping to ensure the sustainability of human civilization into the future. Across the Institute, and across the world, faculty and students are pursuing transformative research to address the urgent challenges of water and food.
Angles on Water and Food
“The time is right now to look at water and food security,” says Mohammed Jameel ’78, founder of the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab at MIT.
Jeffrey Grossman and Evelyn Wang are searching for ways to make clean water.
Kamal Youcef-Toumi and Andrew Whittle are working to increase the world water supply by decreasing loss of water through leaks.
Afreen Siddiqi and James Wescoat hope a network of sensors will allow more efficient use of water and the energy used to transport it, while increasing yield of wheat.
Antoine Allanore’s work focuses on sustainably extracting metals from ore.
Tavneet Suri’s experiment determined that the hunger season could potentially be shortened and yields increased.
Tim Swager has created tiny sensors that can detect rotting meat and ripe fruit.
Dara Entekhabi’s work could affect a range of issues from our understanding of the conditions for life on Earth to agriculture in Africa.
Colette Heald’s study is the first to bring the impact of climate change and air pollution together.
Alan Berger is developing “the holistic agribusiness city.”
Wherever people face challenges related to water and food, you're likely to find students and recent alumni building projects and companies.
Transportation expert Carolina Osorio is aiming for less congestion, more reliable travel times, more efficient fuel consumption, and fewer emissions.
Dirk Englund says the next chapter in the history of technology is not simply about faster computers.
Tanja Bosak’s work explores how the Earth changed from one antithetical to complex life forms to one supporting an explosion of such organisms 540 million years ago.
Erica Caple James investigates how behavior, culture, and structural inequalities impact health.
An MIT collaboration is now underway using MRIs to develop innovative conflict-resolution strategies.
Hiroshi Ishii and colleagues developed an invention that can point, touch, and manipulate objects remotely over long distance.
Laurie Boyer's work may one day help develop cures for heart defects and disease.
Ju Li has created a window into a world where things are inconceivably small and change inconceivably fast.
Profiles of Impact
Doug '75 and Deborah Brown support research on new techniques for purifying water.
"I see the impact of climate change on the world," John Carlson ('83) says.