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ISSUE #116

The Earth Week Edition

Earth Day 2019: Students share why they work for a more sustainable future.

For Earth Day, we asked several MIT students what inspires them to study energy for a low-carbon, sustainable future. See what they have to say.

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President Reif announces six climate change symposia starting this fall

MIT Climate

Starting this fall and ending on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, MIT will hold a series of six campus symposia on the urgent challenges of climate change and climate action. 
Meet the 2018 MITEI UROP students


MITEI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) students are innovative problem solvers who become integral members of the labs in which they work. Read about last year's researchers and their projects, in areas including biomass, carbon capture, and more.
An exotic microbe and an unusual extraction process may add up to an economical way to make a promising biofuel

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Isobutanol has been hailed as a possible green replacement for fossil fuels like gasoline, but producing it has proven difficult and costly. In a paper in Nature Communications, researchers from MIT and WPI show how a novel process may make producing this and other biofuels more economical. 
How slippery surfaces allow sticky pastes and gels to slide

MIT News

Engineered surface treatment devised by professor Kripa Varanasi and students can reduce waste and improve efficiency in many processes. 
Reading for Earth Day

MIT Press

Looking for a long read? MIT Press rounds up their top picks in climate, environment, and sustainability, including MITEI Researcher Howard Herzog's Carbon Capture.

Batteries and storage

Professors Donald Sadoway and Yang Shao-Horn discuss researching, developing, and scaling energy storage technologies with guest host Bruce Gellerman of NPR station WBUR.


TIL about climate impacts

MIT professor Elfatih Eltahir joins host Laur Hesse Fisher to talk about how climate impacts will differ across the globe. Together, they do a quick world tour, exploring how climate change will affect malaria in Africa, water availability in the Nile, and heat waves in Southern Asia.


MIT Sustainability Summit: Sustainable Mobility

Friday, April 26, 8:00am-6:00pm, Samberg Conference Center

MIT's eleventh annual Sustainability Summit tackles the future of transportation and mobility with a packed day of panels and conversations. Presented by the Sloan Sustainability Initiative. Registration required.

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Introducing the electricity growth and use in developing economies initiative

Monday, April 29, 5:30pm, E19-319

Jay Taneja, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at UMass Amherst, will give a talk on electrical usage in the developing world and introduce the E-Guide Initiative—a new Rockefeller Foundation-funded project that aims to develop insights and tools for utilizing electricity consumption data to improve the planning and operation of power systems in developing regions.

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Preparing for a career in energy: Advice and insights from Diana Drysdale, Marathon Capital's senior managing director

Friday, May 3, 12:00pm-1:00pm, E19-202

Diana Drysdale, managing senior director of Marathon Capital, will offer career advice for students looking for jobs in the energy industry, drawing on her experience at Marathon Capital, PSEG, Limited Brands, Northeast Utilities, and ENMAX. She will also discuss her career path, skills relevant to her position, and industry trends. Open to MIT students only. Lunch will be provided.

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Open positions at the MIT Energy Initiative

Join us in transforming the world’s energy systems. Job openings at MITEI include Events Project Coordinator, Postdoctoral Associate, and more.

See all open positions 

Co-Managing Director for the MIT Clean Energy Prize

Are you ready to lead the oldest and largest student run venture competition in the energy space? The MIT Clean Energy Prize is looking for a Co-Managing Director for 2019-2020. Applications are due May 10th.

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Access to affordable and reliable energy lifts people out of poverty, and access to clean energy will protect the future. Working at the intersection of economics and environmentalism is challenging and rewarding.

— Nette Brocks, Technology and Policy Program Master's Student

Read more student Earth Day quotes →

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April 22

The sweet spot for a national day aimed at college students, according to Earth Day's first national coordinator in the 1970s, Harvard University graduate student Denis Hayes. Knowing college students play a central role in environmental causes, Hayes chose April 22 because it falls between spring break and final exams.


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