Chris Peterson SM '13
Jan 13 2018
The purpose of this homepage is to reaffirm MIT's support for international students, whatever country they call home, no matter what "some people are saying."
MIT accepted its first international student in 1866, only one year after its first classes were held in a storage warehouse. By 1895, 39 from a total of 984 students were international. Three times more students came from Turkey than from Texas.
In 1909, President Maclaurin began his tenure at MIT with a vision to build a more diverse and inclusive Institute and “build a better understanding between countries.” Through his efforts, the number of international students doubled in just ten years. 1 in 15 students at MIT came from a foreign... read the post »
Dec 19 2017
Last week, I posted the webcast of the final presentations for 2.009 (Product Engineering Processes), a capstone product design course in Course 2 (MechE). As promised, I wanted to follow up with a recap blog post this week now that the 2.009 staff has posted the final presentation videos.
You can watch the full video here:
If you would like to watch a particular team demo a particular product, you can use these timestamp links to skip ahead to that point in the video:
- Silver team: fireSense, a wearable for firefighters that can detect if a room is unsafe to enter without opening the door (brochure)
- Red team: Blink, glasses that allow those living with extremely limited motor function (e.g. ALS patients) to control smart home devices with their eyes (brochure)
- Green team: tachi, a board game platform for the visually impaired and sighted to play together (brochure)
- Pink team: Volti, a hands-free music page turner for musicians (brochure)
- Blue... read the post »
Dec 14 2017
Posted in: Miscellaneous
MIT Early Action admissions decisions for the Class of 2022 are now available at
> > > decisions.mit.edu < < <
You can log in using the same username and password that you use to log in to your MyMIT account. There are no interim screens, so you should be sure you are ready to receive your decision online before logging in to decisions.mit.edu.
This year, 9,557 students applied for early admission to MIT, and we have offered early admission to 664. These students hail from more than 519 high schools scattered across the globe, from New England to New Zealand and many places in between. We can't wait to welcome them to campus to join the 4,547 outstanding undergraduates who already call MIT home. Though they all do different things — baking and beekeeping, powerlifting and politicking, tennis and tensors — they are united by a shared standard of rigorous academics, high character, and a strong match with MIT's mission to use science, technology, and the useful arts to... read the post »
Dec 11 2017
Posted in: Miscellaneous
2.009: Product Engineering Processes is a capstone course in Course 2 (Mechanical Engineering) and one of the most famous courses at MIT. For my fellow FIRST alumni out there, it's sort of like FRC, but for products. From the website:
In 2.009, Product Engineering Processes,  students work in large teams of approximately 20 individuals to design and build working alpha prototypes of new products. Students learn about creativity, product design, working within a budget, and gain unifying engineering experience.
The effort spans the early phases of product development, including: opportunity identification; generating ideas; gathering customer and market data; selecting ideas, devising concepts and building sketch models; building and testing mockups; customer evaluation of mockups; embodiment design; and construction of a high quality functioning alpha prototype.
The large teams must work effectively to realize this task, so students also learn about group... read the post »
Dec 7 2017
I've stopped watching this baby lion trying to roar long enough to tell you, as the title says, we will be releasing Early Action decisions online next Thursday, 12/14/17, at Tau Time (i.e. 6:28PM ET).
To check your decision on the 14th, visit decisions.mit.edu and log in with your MyMIT username and password.
In order to verify that you will receive a decision on the 14th, you should visit decisions.mit.edu and log in with your MyMIT username and password. I recommend you do this now to make sure everything works for you. Strange things happen to people who don't verify they will receive their decision!
Don't listen to evil Kermit. It doesn't matter how many times you click that refresh button, it won't make the decisions happen any faster...
If you've forgotten your MyMIT password, you may use our automated system to reset it. Simply visit MyMIT and click on the lost password link. There is a similar link for forgotten usernames. If you're having trouble... read the post »