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In the lab and classroom

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David Kaufman (colored hair)
Andres Erbsen (blond hair)

At the HackMIT hackathon in the Johnson Ice Rink at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

They were creating a device that would be a DIY RFID reader.
Postdoc Gordon Wetzstein works on a camera sensor in his office in the Camera Culture group in MIT's Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.  Wetzstein's work in computational photography focuses on changing the way sensors and displays capture and project light. Here, Wetzstein is working on a printed filter that would alter the way the sensor captures light and which would then be decoded computationally to display captured images in novel ways. The work might be applied to create things such as glasses-free 3D viewing or ultra-high-definition imagery, among other possible uses.
Senior Adwoa Boakye works alongside other students on a lab for course 6.002 Circuits and Electronics in a student lab in Building 38 at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.  The project was the first group lab and focused on measuring output in metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) to see if observed results match theoretical predictions.
Yukiko Yamashita is a Professor in MIT's Department of Biology and a Member of the Whitehead Institute, seen here sorting fruit flies based on different physical phenotypes in her lab at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Wed., March 2, 2022. Yamashita's research focuses on developmental genetics in Drosophila fruit flies, looking at the process of speciation, studying stem cells and junk DNA, and as a general model of tissue homeostasis.
Mechanical Engineering junior Wei Xun He works on a prototype for a wearable device that captures a person's motion during a desk critique session in the first design studio class in the new D-Minor design minor at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, on Thurs., Nov. 3, 2016.
Assistant Professor of Geology David Szymanski of Bentley University's Department of Natural and Applied Science leads students in a discussion about pollution and water supplies in a seminar of the NASE402 Science in Environmental Policy course in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.  The class involves an optional extra section that includes a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with policy makers and discuss the role of science in making government policy.
A Lexus 600h L sedan with the TRI Platform 3.0 self-driving technology built into it is being worked on in the Toyota Research Institute Garage near Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, on Tues., Aug. 14, 2018. The vehicle is outfitted with special software and navigation systems including RADAR (black rectangle near top), LIDAR (white and black round piece in middle below black RADAR), and cameras that are part of a computer vision system.
Riddhi Shah (Research Associate)

Independent Activity Period (IAP) Pop-Up Resilient Furniture four-day workshop at the D-Lab workshop in MIT's building N51 in Cambridge, Mass., USA, on Sun., January 20, 2019.

The finished furniture pieces were going to be installed in Grove Hall in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
Franz-Josef Ulm, seen here in his Building 1 lab, is director of the Concrete Sustainability Hub and a professor in MIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Students dance during a Jazz Performance class at the Holmes Athletic Center at Simmons College, one of the Colleges of the Fenway, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on Mon., March 13, 2017. The students were preparing for their Spring Showcase performance in April.
Sara Seager is a Professor of Planetary Science and Physics at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. She holds the Class of 1941 Professorship Chair and her research focuses on computer models of exoplanets, including their interiors and atmospheres. She is seen here in her office in MIT's Green Building, Building 54.

In detail

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Graduate student Laura Popa (pictured) and Associate Professor Dana Weinstein have developed a Gallium Nitride Millimeter Wave Integrade Circuit (MMIC) in the Microsystems Technology Laboratories in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.  The chip they developed allows fast switching between frequencies in communications technology such as cell phones.
Two a silicon integrated circuit chips (small reflective rectangles in larger rectangles) are seen on a circuit board in the Building 38 lab of Ruonan Han at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Mon., Sept. 27, 2021. The chips here function as a sort of electronic nose in gas sensing applications. Han is an Associate Professor in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and Principal Investigator of the Terahertz Integrated Electronics Group in MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL).
Planarian flatworms swim in a petri dish in one of Michael Levin's labs in Tufts University's Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology in Medford, Massachusetts, USA. The worms are placed in a computer-controlled automated learning and testing chamber which allows the training of flatworms in a controlled environment. Levin's research focuses on morphological and behavioral information processing in living systems. Some of the lab's recent experiments have looked at memory in flatworms using this device. A speck of food is placed in one quadrant of a petri dish and that quadrant is illuminated by a blue light. The flatworms seek out that food and retain that memory in subsequent tests even after regenerating most of their bodies.
Yuhan Hu, a visiting student from China, works on the Hand Development Kit in the Fluid Interfaces Group lab space at MIT's Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, seen here on Tues., April 25, 2017. The Hand Development Kit is a prosthetic of sorts that allows a user to have additional fingers and may be used in future applications including typing and musical instrument playing.
The ion Electrospray Propulsion System (iEPS) for CubeSats is made by MIT's Space Propulsion Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. The device is used to maneuver a 10cm cubic satellite in space. The Space Propulsion Lab is directed by Dr. Paulo Lozano, professor in MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Two Ph.D. candidates working on the project, Natalya Brikner and Louis Perna have formed a company, Accion Systems Incorporated, to commercialize the research. Brikner, graduating in Winter 2014, is CEO of the company, and Perna is co-founder.
Yukiko Yamashita is a Professor in MIT's Department of Biology and a Member of the Whitehead Institute, seen here holding a flask of fruit flies in her lab at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Wed., March 2, 2022. Yamashita's research focuses on developmental genetics in Drosophila fruit flies, looking at the process of speciation, studying stem cells and junk DNA, and as a general model of tissue homeostasis.
From left: 
Myung Sun Kang (Recent Ph.D. recipient)
Riddhi Shah (Research Associate)

Independent Activity Period (IAP) Pop-Up Resilient Furniture four-day workshop at the D-Lab workshop in MIT's building N51 in Cambridge, Mass., USA, on Sun., January 20, 2019.

The finished furniture pieces were going to be installed in Grove Hall in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

Outside class and in the field

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MIT Commencement 2016 - Killian Court - MIT - Friday, June 3, 2016. Cambridge, MA, USA.
At the HackMIT hackathon in the Johnson Ice Rink at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
The graduating class of 2012 gather in Killian Court for the 2012 MIT Commencement ceremony on June 8, 2012, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Photo by M. Scott Brauer

Portraits in science and education

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Yury Polyanskiy is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a member of LIDS, IDSS and Center of Statistics, seen here in his office at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Thu., October 31, 2019.
Lindley Winslow is the Jerrold R. Zacharias Career Development Associate Professor of Physics at MIT, seen here on MIT's campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Mon., Feb. 22, 2021. According to her MIT bio, Winslow is an experimental nuclear and particle physicist whose work focuses on how the physics of fundamental particles shaped our universe and the development of specialized experiments. She is currently working on searches for neutrinoless double-beta decay and axion dark matter.
Kerri Cahoy, an Associate Professor Aeronautics and Astronautics, Co-Director of the Small Satellite Center, and the Bisplinghoff Faculty Fellow, at MIT, is seen here with the Elliot 24-inch telescope at the MIT Wallace Astrophysical Observatory in Westford, Massachusetts, on Fri., Nov. 6, 2020. The telescope is an automated instrument used to observe exoplanets.