Maria Zuber, vice president for research, on how MIT digs into complex problems.
Current Issue: Fall 2015
Solving problems, together, for the betterment of humankind
There’s not much you can fathom that MIT won’t plunge in to figure out, fix, get right, or get to the bottom of. We’ve done it ever since our start: developing radar, helping to land a man on the moon, playing a key role in cracking the human genome. MIT experts are not daunted by today’s huge, interconnected problems; we’re empowered by them. We view them as an exhilarating opportunity for action.
Angles on Solutions
The Solve conference, taking place on the MIT campus in October, seeks to answer the hard questions of our time.
Phillip "Terry" '71 and Susan Ragon created an institute to accelerate discovery of an HIV vaccine.
One of MIT's most significant international partnerships has massive global implications.
MIT's Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research teams up with Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center.
Julie Shah is designing factory-based machines that will better anticipate human movement.
New research from Li-Huei Tsai's lab suggests the immune system may play a role in Alzheimer's disease.
Solar technology has rapidly transitioned to a point where it is increasingly competitive as a source of electricity.
Daniela Rus says: "Cybercrime may seem inevitable today, but with the right people, resources, and approach, we can change that."
Thomas Malone leads MIT's Climate CoLab, which is harnessing the world's intelligence to save the planet.
Ian Condry and T.L. Taylor are ethnographers exploring the connections between online and offline worlds.
Frankie Perone has developed an intuitive understanding of form that she believes will ultimately help her produce more thoughtful designs.
Freshman Ahaan Rungta began solving problems through MIT's OpenCourseWare (OCW) at age five. "OCW is more than a school. It's a paradise," he says.
Scores of young alumni are dreaming up fresh ways to harness nuclear, wind, and solar power; optimize our use of fossil fuels; and support development of energy solutions.
John Ochsendorf, a pioneer in alternative engineering, is working to design zero-energy buildings for the world.
Marta González co-authored a groundbreaking study that shows that one-fifth of urban movement is strictly social.
Rohit Karnik is creating ultrathin membranes with potential applications for water purification, energy, and the chemical industry.
Elsa Olivetti focuses on minimizing the carbon footprint of products at every stage, from manufacturing to recycling.
Arup Chakraborty, Bruce Walker, and Darrell Irvine are in pursuit of an HIV vaccine.
Kristala Jones Prather is developing new, improved methods of chemical synthesis.
Michael Scott Cuthbert advances musical analysis with his new music21 software.
Ibrahim Cissé examines the mysteries of interactions between biomolecules.
Profiles of Impact
Mark ’88, SM ’89 and Jill McDowell support MITx, the Institute's approach to massive open online courses.
Karen '85, SM '87 and Perry '85, SM '87 Ha support the Public Service Center and MISTI-Korea because they provide students an opportunity to make a global impact.