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May 16, 2010

Engineers Assemble!

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Remember last week when US Representative Ed Markey criticized BP's golf ball plan to stop the oil leak off the coast of Louisiana? He said, "When we heard the best minds were on the case, we expected MIT, not the PGA."

Well apparently that's exactly what President Obama had in mind, too. The President has directed Energy Secretary Steven Chu to provide assistance. Chu, in turn, has assembled a team of five “extraordinarily intelligent” scientists to provide solutions to the oil leak, and Alexander Slocum, MIT Professor of Mechanical Engineering (and 2.007 Design and Manufacturing guru), is among those selected for the job.

You can read more at Business Week.

I think Viggo Mortensen should play him in the inevitable Jon Farvreau summer movie blockbuster.

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Thanks for the post.

I just hope scientists find a solution to this oil leak soon. It's our job as engineers to fix this.

Posted by: Faisal on May 16, 2010

SECOND!!!
"I think Viggo Mortensen should play him in the inevitable Jon Farvreau summer movie blockbuster."

Inevitable...LOL!
You know you're good when the President of the United States of America EXPECTS you to be doing something when people say "the best minds are on the case"...

Posted by: genius ('18) on May 16, 2010

"Chu, in turn, has assembled a team of five “extraordinarily intelligent” scientists to provide solutions to the oil leak, and Alexander Slocum, MIT Professor of Mechanical Engineering (and 2.007 Design and Manufacturing guru), is among those selected for the job."

WHAT!!!!? NO MIT STUDENTS? wink

Posted by: genius ('18) on May 16, 2010

I love Aragorn. He would be a natural.

Posted by: MolesPerLiter on May 16, 2010

"U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu signaled his lack of confidence in the industry experts trying to control BP Plc’s leaking oil well by hand-picking a team of scientists with reputations for creative problem solving."

Hand-picked! =) GO MR ALEX. SAVE THE WORLD.

Posted by: Justin on May 17, 2010

Go MIT!!!

Posted by: 0 on May 17, 2010

Google guy, Vint Cerf picked 6 top youtube videos.
MIT sixth sense is sixth *cough* first smile
Richard Feynman is on top videos too.


Vint Cerf's Playlist

Blog about it s'il vous plaît

Posted by: Armin on May 17, 2010

admission

Posted by: sakshi on May 17, 2010

WOOOT. GO MIT

Posted by: Banerjee on May 17, 2010

Ha ha Viggo!!

Posted by: Ruslan(hope to write"15) on May 17, 2010

Glad to finally see some skill and competence on the job. . .

Posted by: Travis Whitaker on May 18, 2010

that's great PR for MIT. But, the situation needs action, not the usual government-sponsored "studies" and second-guessing of the folks on the ground dealing with this in real time. and, once the problem is under control, will someone please explain why this this particular drilling platform, in the past 9 months, not only passed government inspections, but also received a government safety award. your government at work.

Posted by: anon e moose on May 19, 2010

@anon e moose:

The reason why it got a safety award in the past 9 months was because there were no injuries on that platform in the past 7 years. It only began to get dangerous when BP started rushing the drilling process, thus breaking off a vital part of the drilling safety equipment 2 weeks before the explosion.

Posted by: anon on May 22, 2010

@anon e moose:

The reason why it got a safety award in the past 9 months was because there were no injuries on that platform in the past 7 years. It only began to get dangerous when BP started rushing the drilling process, thus breaking off a vital part of the drilling safety equipment 2 weeks before the explosion.

Posted by: anon on May 22, 2010

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