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ISSUE #122

The Cybersecurity Edition

Protecting our energy infrastructure from cyberattack

Researchers use a new, holistic methodology to address cyber vulnerabilities in today’s energy systems.

Related: This article is from our Spring 2019 issue of Energy Futures. Check out the entire issue, available now.

The tenured engineers of 2019

MIT News

Seventeen appointments have been made in eight departments within the School of Engineering, many of whom are working in energy.
MIT's climate conversation continues

MIT Climate Action

On April 25, MIT was proud to host a Climate Night where Vice President for Research Maria Zuber, MIT Energy Initiative Director Bob Armstrong, and Environmental Solutions Initiative Director John Fernández discussed their experiences working on climate issues at MIT. Audience members submitted more questions at that event than time allowed the panel to answer. Over the next few weeks, the VPR office, the Energy Initiative, and the Environmental Solutions Initiative will be posting responses to questions not addressed at the event.
How to speed up the discovery of new solar cell materials

MIT News

A team of researchers including Tonio Buonassisi, a professor of mechanical engineering and MITEI-affiliated faculty member, have discovered a streamlined system for creating and analyzing perovskite compounds that may cut development time from 20 years to two. The work was supported by Total SA through the MIT Energy Initiative, by the National Science Foundation, and Singapore’s National Research Foundation through the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology.     
Cold fusion remains elusive—but these scientists may revive the quest

National Geographic

National Geographic reporter Michael Greshko writes about a new effort by researchers from a number of institutions, including MIT, to reassess the possibility of cold fusion. Yet-Ming Chiang, a materials science and engineering professor and MITEI-affiliated faculty member, explains that he hopes to be able to create a “‘reference experiment’ for other labs to also advance research into lower-energy nuclear physics.”. 

The real answer to sustainable energy might be a virus-built battery

Recode Decode with Kara Swisher

MIT President Emerita Susan Hockfield talks about energy, the founding of MITEI, her new book, and more on Vox's "Recode Decode" podcast.


C3E Poster Competition

Apply by September 1, 2019 

The C3E Poster Competition is an opportunity for students and early-career female researchers to present their work and make new connections at the Eighth Annual U.S. C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium. The Symposium will be held on November 13-14, 2019 at Texas A&M University. Check out eligibility guidelines and apply.

Reshaping Development Pathways in Least Developed Countries Contest

Proposals due by July 1, 2019

The global community is invited to submit innovative, scalable solutions and best practices to restore degraded landscapes, helping vulnerable communities in Least Developed Countries to become more climate resilient. The most promising solution has the opportunity to win $10,000 in funding and an all expenses paid trip to the UN SG Climate Summit in September 2019 in New York to present their winning proposal. This contest is sponsored by the MIT Climate CoLab, in partnership with Global Resilience Partnership, UK aid, and UN Climate Resilience Initiative A2R. Submit your proposal.

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.....when I asked the question of, 'What were MIT’s opportunities and responsibilities for the next decade?' The answer I got invariably was, 'We should be doing more to invent a sustainable energy future.'

MIT President Emerita Susan Hockfield mentions the founding of MITEI on Vox's "Recode Decode" podcast.

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