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Category: Women in STEM

Helping to make nuclear fusion a reality | MIT News
January 3, 2022

Up until she served in the Peace Corps in Malawi, Rachel Bielajew was open to a career reboot. Having studied nuclear engineering as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, graduate school had been on her mind. But seeing the drastic impacts of climate change play out in real-time in Malawi — the lives of the country’s subsistence farmers swing wildly, depending on the rains — convinced Bielajew...

Kerstin Perez is searching the cosmos for signs of dark matter | MIT News
January 2, 2022

Kerstin Perez is searching for imprints of dark matter. The invisible substance embodies 84 percent of the matter in the universe and is thought to be a powerful cosmic glue, keeping whole galaxies from spinning apart. And yet, the particles themselves leave barely a trace on ordinary matter,  thwarting all efforts at detection thus far. Perez, a particle physicist at MIT, is hoping that a high-altitude balloon...

$7 million gift from the Shiv Nadar Foundation bolsters undergraduate research and women in EECS | MIT News
December 15, 2021

The MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) recently welcomed a $7 million gift from the Shiv Nadar Foundation. “Both Shiv Nadar and Roshni Nadar Malhotra share our commitment to excellence in education and in entrepreneurship, and the gifts we are celebrating today are extraordinary examples of that commitment,” said MIT President L. Rafael Reif in a celebratory Zoom gathering on Nov. 3,...

EECS graduate women’s research summit increases research visibility and strengthens community | MIT News
December 9, 2021

The MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) group Graduate Women in Course 6 (GW6) held its third annual research summit on Nov. 5, with attendees convening in person along with a simultaneous webcast. The summit featured research lightning talks from graduate women and other underrepresented genders across EECS, as well as a keynote from Institute Professor Barbara Liskov and a panel of five...

“Vigilant inclusion” central to combating climate change | MIT News
December 8, 2021

“To turbocharge work on saving the planet, we need effective, innovative, localized solutions, and diverse perspectives and experience at the table,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm, the keynote speaker at the 10th annual U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium and Awards. This event, convened virtually over Nov. 3-4 and engaging more than 1,000...

Making her way through MIT | MIT News
December 7, 2021

Lucy Du, a doctoral student in the MIT Media Lab, has a remarkable passion for making. She spends her work day in lab designing and fabricating prosthetics, and devotes her free time to personal projects in the MIT MakerWorkshop or inspiring other students to try their hands at engineering. “The best feeling is when I get to go into a shop and make some parts, or order some parts — and the day they come in is like...

Jelena Vučković delivers 2021 Dresselhaus Lecture on inverse-designed photonics | MIT News
December 7, 2021

As her topic for the 2021 Mildred S. Dresselhaus Lecture, Stanford University professor Jelena Vučković posed a question: Are computers better than humans in designing photonics? Throughout her talk, presented on Nov. 15 in a hybrid format to more than 500 attendees, the Jensen Huang Professor in Global Leadership at Stanford’s School of Engineering offered multiple examples arguing that, yes, computer...

MIT Future Founders Initiative announces prize competition to promote female entrepreneurs in biotech | MIT News
November 30, 2021

In a fitting sequel to its entrepreneurship “boot camp” educational lecture series last fall, the MIT Future Founders Initiative has announced the MIT Future Founders Prize Competition, supported by Northpond Ventures, and named the MIT faculty cohort that will participate in this year’s competition. The Future Founders Initiative was established in 2020 to promote female entrepreneurship in biotech. Despite...

MIT Libraries digitizes materials from Mary Rowe | MIT News
November 18, 2021

Mary Rowe, former MIT ombudsperson, has donated professional papers to the MIT Libraries’ department of Distinctive Collections as part of the Women@MIT archival initiative, which highlights the contributions of women at the Institute by acquiring, preserving, and making accessible their personal archives. Rowe is a conflict management specialist whose work contributed to MIT having one of the world’s first...

Diagnosing cancer with a barcode-inspired test | MIT News
November 14, 2021

As Dana Al-Sulaiman peers into a microscope, a row of dots appears on a slide. These dots can help provide a cancer diagnosis. Al-Sulaiman was inspired by barcodes found on consumer products. “I got the idea from my PhD supervisor, who said, ‘in the future you’ll be able to scan a diagnostic test like you’re scanning a barcode.’ I initially thought it was the far future, but it’s closer than I thought,” says...

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