From delayed deceleration to Zooming

Jacqueline Thomas PhD ’20 recounts her final academic year at MIT, from once-in-a-lifetime field work to a virtual thesis defense.

Sara Cody | Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics • mit
June 14, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: sustainability aircraft covid-19 pandemic data graduate profile research aviation students school-of-engineering alumniae aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering computer-modeling postdoctoral air-traffic


How strong is your knot?

With help from spaghetti and color-changing fibers, a new mathematical model predicts a knot’s stability.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: mathematics research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf computer-modeling

Two-legged robot mimics human balance while running and jumping

New control system may enable humanoid robots to do heavy lifting and other physically demanding tasks.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 30, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: robotics robots research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering computer-modeling

Putting the “bang” in the Big Bang

Physicists simulate critical “reheating” period that kickstarted the Big Bang in the universe’s first fractions of a second.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 24, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: physics astrophysics cosmic-inflation research school-of-science school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences national-science-foundation-nsf computer-modeling program-in-sts department-of-energy-doe

Oobleck’s weird behavior is now predictable

MIT engineers develop a model that predicts how the cornstarch-water mixture turns from liquid to solid, and back again.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 5, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf materials-science-and-engineering computer-modeling fluid-dynamics



From micro to macro

Insights on the formation of particle networks hold potential for engineering new and improved materials.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Chemical Engineering • mit
May 21, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: research school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf materials-science-and-engineering computer-modeling chemical-engineering concrete composite-materials


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