Giant Steps. MIT pioneered the nation’s first aeronautical engineering course in 1914, and now faculty are preparing for a fantastic future of autonomous automobiles and aircraft, and visits to Mars and beyond to search for signs of life.

Yuriy Román knew that to change the future of catalysis he’d have to cross the boundary between chemical engineering and materials science. Photo: Len Rubenstein

Catalyzing Greener Products

Yuriy Román knew that to change the future of catalysis he’d have to cross the boundary between chemical engineering and materials science.

Sangeeta Bhatia’s research draws on biological and medical sciences, and engineering. Photo illustration: Len Rubenstein

Sophisticated Medicine

Sangeeta Bhatia's research defies tradition, drawing on biological and medical sciences, and multiple engineering disciplines.

Peter Reddien believes human stem cells could one day be regulated to replace aged, damaged, and missing tissues.
Photo illustration: Len Rubenstein

From Fiction to Science

Peter Reddien believes human stem cells one day could be regulated to replace aged, damaged, and missing tissues.

Emery Brown: “Now that we understand how it works, how can we devise new strategies for anesthesia?” Photo: Len Rubenstein

New Strategies for Anesthesia

Emery Brown says anesthesia drugs have been used in the US for more than 160 years but were largely misunderstood until now.

Miho Mazereeuw designs a plan to guard against floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, and typhoons. Photo Illustration: Len Rubenstein

Preemptive Design Saving Cities

Miho Mazereeuw, founder of the Urban Risk Lab, has roots in two countries that have dealt with floods, earthquakes, and typhoons.

Amy Finkelstein, an MIT economist, is principal investigator of the groundbreaking Oregon Health Insurance Experiment. Photo: Len Rubenstein

Measuring Health Care

Amy Finkelstein spotted an opportunity to bring the gold standard in scientific research to one of the most pressing questions of the day.

Earl and Suzette Rennison (L), Colin and Erika Angle. Photos: Marc Longwood, Ken Richardson

Philanthropic Investments

Earl and Suzette Rennison give MIT a scholarship, and entrepreneurs Colin and Erika Angle support innovation at MIT.

John Lewandowski invents a device that could wipe out malaria. Photo: Len Rubenstein

Saving Lives

John Lewandowski invents a device that could wipe out malaria.

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