Two from MIT named to Popular Science's Brilliant 10 list
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, 3 hours ago
Popular Science magazine has named two MIT junior faculty members - Pedro Reis and Feng Zhang - to its 2013 Brilliant 10 list of young stars in science and technology. The list will appear in the magazine''s October issue."Popular Science prides itself on revealing the innovations and ideas that are...
CEE announces new leadership appointments
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, 3 hours ago
Professor Markus Buehler, head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), recently announced three leadership appointments in the department. Effective Sept. 1, Professor Elfatih Eltahir is associate department head; Philip Gschwend, the Ford Professor of Civil and Environmental...
3 Questions: The launch of the MIT Climate Change Conversation
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, October 20, 2014
On Sept. 19, Maria T. Zuber, MIT's vice president for research, announced the membership of a community committee to plan and implement the MIT Climate Change Conversation. As Zuber noted, "The Committee should seek broad input from the Institute community on how the US and the world can most effect...
Work begins on the Collier Memorial
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, October 10, 2014
Even when he was young, Sean Collier knew he wanted to be a police officer - and when he joined the MIT Police force, he knew he was in the right place. "Sean fit this community like a hand fits a glove," says John DiFava, MIT's director of facilities operations and security, and also the chief of t...
Untangling how cables coil
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, October 02, 2014
The world's fiber-optic network spans more than 550,000 miles of undersea cable that transmits e-mail, websites, and other packets of data between continents, all at the speed of light. A rip or tangle in any part of this network can significantly slow telecommunications around the world. Now engine...
Crumpled graphene could provide an unconventional energy storage
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, October 02, 2014
When someone crumples a sheet of paper, that usually means it's about to be thrown away. But researchers have now found that crumpling a piece of graphene "paper" - a material formed by bonding together layers of the two-dimensional form of carbon - can actually yield new properties that could be us...
How to make stronger, "greener" cement
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, September 25, 2014
Concrete is the world's most-used construction material, and a leading contributor to global warming, producing as much as one-tenth of industry-generated greenhouse-gas emissions. Now a new study suggests a way in which those emissions could be reduced by more than half - and the result would be a ...
Protecting infrastructure with smarter CPS
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, September 15, 2014
Security of IT networks is continually being improved to protect against malicious hackers. Yet when IT networks interface with infrastructures such as water and electric systems to provide monitoring and control capabilities, they often introduce new vulnerabilities that increase the risks of servi...
Summer scholars deepen research skills
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, September 10, 2014
Synthesizing thin films for rechargeable batteries, exploring catalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction needed in fuel cells, and testing origami-inspired self-folding materials were among the projects tackled by 14 summer scholars in MIT labs. The interns - chosen from among 256 applicants in a h...
Nature's tiny engineers
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, September 01, 2014
Conventional wisdom has long held that corals - whose calcium-carbonate skeletons form the foundation of coral reefs - are passive organisms that rely entirely on ocean currents to deliver dissolved substances, such as nutrients and oxygen. But now scientists at MIT and the Weizmann Institute of Sci...
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