MIT Admissions

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Dr. Dawn '04, MS '06, PhD '11

Oct 15 2013

MIT Students Are Cool: Brian Chan edition

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Life & Culture

As an alum, people often ask me what I liked the most about being at MIT.  The honest answer?  THE PEOPLE!  So I'm going to tell you stories about some of the awesome and amazing people that I went to school with, so you can see what kinds of really fantastic and interesting and great people you will be surrounded by and also see what these people are doing now after graduating from MIT.

So today let me introduce you to Brian.  

Brian came to MIT from California as an undergrad.  He majored in Mechanical Engineering but decided to do some research in the Math department.  This "little" undergraduate research project netted him a cover article for one of the most prestigious research journals in the world: Nature.  He helped to figure out a longstanding mystery in fluid mechanics about how water-striding insects propel themselves on the water surface.  

Water striders

Image from D Hu, B Chan, J Bush, Nature 424, 663-666 (7 August 2003), used with permission.


And then he built a... read the post »


Oct 1 2013

FAQ for Maker Portfolios

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Freshman Applicants, International Applicants, Information, Process & Statistics, Prepare for MIT

Hello World!  

(That's my Arduino talking, sorry. I've been having some fun teaching myself the language Processing, adding to Matlab, Python, VB.NET, and Assembly that I learned since coming to MIT.)

Fun!  See?

Anyways, while I've been making things in my spare time, we've also been getting a lot of questions about the new Maker Portfolio supplement on the MIT Application this year. I wanted to try to answer some common questions here to make sure that everyone understands what we are looking for.


Q1) There is a Maker Portfolio option? Really?

A1) YES! Check out the information about all of our supplements and portfolios on the MIT Admissions website.


Q2) What is a Maker Portfolio?

A2) The Maker Portfolio is a description of one project completed outside of school, internships, work, or extracurricular activities. We want to see how you learn, create, and problem-solve in an unstructured environment. In addition to answering questions about your project,... read the post »


Aug 22 2013

Introducing… Maker Portfolios!

Posted in: Miscellaneous, Academics & Research, Freshman Applicants, Process & Statistics

Hello World!

I'd like to introduce you to a project that we've been working on for a while.

It's a Maker Portfolio, and it's one of several options that MIT applicants have to send us additional information when they apply to MIT. (Other options include Music, Research, Art, Architecture, and Sports).

Now, this isn't new. Actually, we've always had students send in information about cool projects that they were working on in their spare time. Maybe it was a really amazing new computer program. Maybe rebuilding a car with their parents. Maybe it was an entire costume that they designed and created for a play or performance. This was my first year as an Admissions Officer and I was really impressed by everything that I saw. But often I found myself asking questions. "Cool! How long did this take?" "Where did you learn to solder surface-mount components like that?" "How did you make that cake levitate?" I'm an engineer by training (MIT-educated in Course 2) so I wanted to know... read the post »