Jun 7 2015
On Friday, June 5th, the Class of 2015 graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the 149th commencement ceremony in the Institute's history. At and by way of the ceremony, 1,054 undergraduates and 1,719 graduate students became MIT alumni, an association that now includes ~131,000 living alumni all across the world.
We are very, very proud of them.
The commencement address was delivered by Megan Smith '86 SM '88, the Chief Technology Officer of the United States. Before becoming the CTO of the USA, Megan worked at Google, where she oversaw Google[x] and Google.org, and as an early employee and eventual CEO of PlanetOut, an LGBT media organization. As an MIT undergraduate, Smith was a member of the student team that built a solar car and drove it across the Australian outback in the first Cross-Continental Solar Car race. "One of the very most important things in our school’s history is something that’s not in the motto [of mind and hand]," Smith told... read the post »
Jun 1 2015
Two weeks ago I flew to Pittsburgh, PA, to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, or ISEF. If you're unfamiliar with ISEF, here is a description from the Society for Science and the Public:
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), is the world's largest international pre-college science competition. Approximately 1,700 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions and territories showcase their independent research as they compete for approximately $4 million in prizes. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12.
On Wednesday, May 13th, I arrived in Pittsburgh and, as is tradition, invited enrolling MIT 2019s who were at ISEF to a little reception. While some people had to stay with their teams, a few of us met up at the Carnegie Science Center, saw Songela '19 (who works at CSC) light some things on fire, and also... read the post »
May 14 2015
Posted in: Miscellaneous
It's been a bit more than two weeks since the May 1 reply deadline, and we know many of you have been awaiting news about our wait list.
Today, May 15th - which happens to be the International Day of Families, as well as Teacher's Day in Mexico and South Korea - at 6PM Eastern Time, we will email all students on our wait list their admission decision, including the 52 to whom we have offered admission. At that point, our wait list will close, and will not be admitting any additional students for the Class of 2019, not even Leeroy Jenkins.
We have seen all the wonderful updates that many of you have submitted, and appreciate the time and effort you have put in to letting us know how much you love MIT. We know you will have incredibly bright futures and great college experiences, and wish you all the very best at whatever college you choose.
May 4 2015
Today we're releasing our decisions regarding transfer applicants who applied for admission for Fall 2015.
Transfer applicants, unlike freshman applicants, receive decisions via email from our office to the address listed on their application. The emails will be sent late afternoon today, May 4th, and you should receive it seconds later through the magic of midichlorians.
Our transfer admissions process was quite competitive: 489 students applied to transfer, and we have admitted 22. And as usual, we are very excited about the students we have admitted, and often chagrined about those we could not.
As a former transfer student myself (not to MIT), I know that this process can be a difficult experience. For those of you who were admitted: welcome to MIT. For those who weren't: keep on trucking. I transferred, but if I hadn't, things would have been fine. Remember, college is mostly what you make of it, here or anywhere else. Either way, I wish you the best of luck wherever... read the post »
Apr 29 2015
Today, MIT dedicated a memorial to Officer Sean Collier, who was killed in the line of duty by the Tsarnaev brothers on April 18th, 2013. Sean was a beloved campus police officer, a member of the MIT Outing Club, and part of the MIT family.
It is not the first memorial dedicated to Sean on campus. Last April, under cover of night, students installed Collier's Cranes, a hack of thousands of paper cranes hung suspended inside the Stata Center by the entrance near where Sean was killed.
The memorial unveiled today is, however, the most permanent. Assembled out of 32 blocks of granite, carved from the New Hampshire quarries near which he loved to climb, this memorial to Sean will last as long as MIT does. Maybe it will last longer.
This is a very difficult subject for me to write about, so I am going to stop and let you read a description of the memorial written by Professor J. Meejin Yoon, Head of the Department of Architecture at MIT and lead architect of the Collier... read the post »