In October 2009, the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) announced its fourth round of seed grants supporting innovative, early-stage research projects across the Institute. Total funding of $1.7 million was awarded to 12 projects, each lasting between one and two years.
Recipients from DMSE included Yoel Fink, Silvija Gradecak, Jeffrey Grossman, Yang Shao-Horn, Ned Thomas, Carl Thompson, and Harry Tuller.
An overview of the projects is available at the MITEI site.
Michael Wargo, Sc.D. 1982, is chief lunar scientist at NASA and was part of the team that found evidence of water on the moon.
"We're unlocking the mysteries of our nearest neighbor and by extension the solar system. It turns out the moon harbors many secrets, and LCROSS has added a new layer to our understanding," said Michael Wargo from NASA Headquarters in Washington.
The Opening Session at MS&T featured a panel of speakers actively working in renewable energy. The panelists – who included Yet-Ming Chiang, past ACerS president and Savannah River National Lab associate director John Marra, and Solar Power Industries’ Gregory Hildeman – spoke on the topic of “New Energy Opportunities for Materials Science and Engineering.”
The Street writes about national and state attempts to create jobs in the green job sector; they cite A123 and mention President Obama's tour of MIT labs, including his meeting with Prof. Angela Belcher.
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at MIT is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a Symposium on October 29. Dean Margaret MacVicar, the founder of UROP, was a DMSE alum, receiving her Sc.D. in 1967.
This week, Prof. Yet-Ming Chiang will receive the American Ceramic Society with the ACerS 2009 Corporate Technical Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding achievement in field of ceramics, particularly in founding A123 Systems. A cover story in the ACerS Bulletin describes how Prof. Chiang became a materials scientist and the history of A123 (Oct. 2009). DMSE Alumni/ae and friends will recognize many names of instructors, colleagues, and friends.
Several current grad students participated in the fourth Materials Matters seminar, on September 30, 2009, learning more about patent law as a post-degree career. Alumni Gretchen DeVries and Rob Walat shared their experiences working at Occhiuti Rohlicek & Tsao and Wolf Greenfield & Sacks, respectively, discussing the necessity of law school, the day-to-day experiences, and the impact on society at-large. Snacks were provided by Wolf Greenfield & Sacks.