Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Engineering

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The MIT School of Engineering is one of the five schools of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Generally considered having one of the best engineering programs in the world,[1][2][3] the school has eight academic departments and one interdisciplinary division and grants S.B., M.Eng, S.M., an engineer's degree, and Ph.D. or Sc.D degrees. The current Dean of Engineering is Professor Ian Waitz. The school is the largest at MIT as measured by undergraduate and graduate enrollments and faculty members.[4]

Aeronautics and Astronautics[edit]

The Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Course XVI) was founded as a program within the Mechanical Engineering department in 1926 and became an independent department in 1939. 13.72 Aeronautics was the first aeronautics class at MIT. It started in 1914, the same year the Aeronautics masters' program was approved.[5] This makes it the oldest aerospace university program in the United States.[6]

Biological Engineering[edit]

The Department of Biological Engineering (Course XX) was founded as a division in 1998 and became an independent department in 2005.

Center for Transportation & Logistics[edit]

Chemical Engineering[edit]

The Department of Chemical Engineering (Course X) was founded as a combined course of mechanical engineering and industrial chemistry in 1888 and became an independent department in 1920.

MIT Building 1
Pierce Engineering Laboratory

Civil and Environmental Engineering[edit]

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Course I) offered classes in civil engineering since MIT's 1865 opening and was subject to repeated mergers with the departments of sanitary engineering and structural engineering before adopting its current name and organization in 1992.

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science[edit]

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Course VI) is the largest department in the School of Engineering. Electrical engineering was originally taught within the Department of Physics, but a new degree program was offered in 1882, and the department became independent in 1902.[7]

Engineering Systems Division[edit]

Founded in 1998, the Engineering Systems Division is an interdisciplinary division within the School of Engineering drawing on faculty from various engineering departments, as well as the Schools of Management and Science.

Materials Science and Engineering[edit]

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (Course III) can be traced back to a Department of Geology and Mining established at MIT's 1865 opening which later grew to encompass mining and metallurgy until the modern name was adopted in 1974.

Mechanical Engineering[edit]

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (Course II) was one of the original MIT departments. In 2004, the department adsorbed the Department of Ocean Engineering (Course XIII) which is now the Center for Ocean Engineering.

Nuclear Science and Engineering[edit]

The Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (Course XXII) was established in 1958, making it one of the oldest programs of its kind in the nation.

Affiliated laboratories and centers[edit]

Center for Ocean Engineering[edit]

Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development[edit]

Computation for Design and Optimization[edit]

Computational and Systems Biology[edit]

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory[edit]

Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation[edit]

Logo of Deshpande Center

The Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation was launched with an initial $20 million gift from Gururaj Deshpande and Jaishree Deshpande. The Center awards grants directly supporting MIT research, and sponsors research across a broad range of areas, including biotechnology, information technology, and nanotechnology. The center also partners with investors, entrepreneurs, and local industry to help commercialize MIT technology. The center funds research on novel technologies in collaboration with the high technology and venture capital communities of New England and supports undergraduate education in engineering practice.


Initiated in 1999, iCampus is a research collaboration between Microsoft Research and MIT whose goal is to create and demonstrate technologies with the potential for revolutionary change throughout the university curriculum. The service was shut down in 2006.

Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies[edit]

Started in 2002 with a $50 million grant from the U.S. Army, the Institute works with a corsotium of firms, including Raytheon, DuPont and Brigham and Women's Hospital, to develop new technologies in support of the Future Force Warrior system.[8]

Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems[edit]

Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems[edit]

Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity[edit]

The Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP) is an interdepartmental laboratory in the School of Engineering. The stated goals of the LMP include the development of the fundamental principles of manufacturing systems, processes, and machines; the application of those principles to the manufacturing enterprise; and the education of engineering leaders.

Established in 1977, the laboratory now consists of 14 faculty and senior research staff, primarily drawn from the Mechanical Engineering Department. Current research areas include micro- and nano-scale manufacturing, manufacturing systems and information technology, and renewable energy and environmentally benign manufacturing. Research groups at the LMP include the Auto-ID Labs, the MIT Data Center, the Park Center for Complex Systems, the Center for Polymer Microfluidics, and the Precision Compliant Systems Laboratory.

Leaders For Global Operations[edit]

The MIT Leaders for Global Operations program is a 24-month graduate program in which students receive an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and an MS in an engineering field of the student's choice. LGO was created in 1988 as the Leaders for Manufacturing Program, becoming the Leaders for Global Operations program in 2009.[9] LGO students are full members of the MIT Sloan MBA class as well as the MIT School of Engineering program in which they enroll. The program provides its own intensive leadership program throughout the two years in addition to coursework in management and engineering. The program is supported by a group of industry partners[10] that host each LGO student for a six-month on-site internship that is advised by MIT management and engineering faculty, and which serve as the basis for the students' theses. As of 2012, LGO has over 1,000 alumni,[11] including Jeff Wilke, Senior VP-Consumer,,[12] and Pat Shanahan, Senior VP/General Manager for Airplane Programs, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.[13]

The Lemelson-MIT Program[edit]

Materials Processing Center[edit]

Microsystems Technology Laboratories[edit]


Program in Polymer Science and Technology[edit]

The Program in Polymer Science and Technology (PPST) is an interdisciplinary doctoral program offered jointly by the School of Engineering and the School of Science at MIT. PPST is open to qualified students admitted to the graduate program of one of the following MIT departments: Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering. PPST was founded in 1986, in recognition of the belief that leaders in the polymer community require a thorough appreciation of the chemistry and physics of macromolecules and biopolymers, engineering structure/property/processing relations, and the wide variety of mathematical concepts and experimental techniques that support the development of these areas of intellectual activity. In addition to providing a doctoral pathway, PPST also serves as a nucleation point for polymer-related activities amongst the wider community of researchers across MIT.

Singapore-MIT Alliance[edit]

System Design and Management[edit]

Technology and Policy Program[edit]

Learning International Networks Consortium[edit]

Former MIT Deans of Engineering[edit]

  • Vannevar Bush 1931-1938
  • Edward Leyburn Moreland 1938-1946
  • Thomas Kilgore Sherwood 1946-1952
  • Edward Lull Cochrane 1952-1954
  • Carl Richard Soderberg 1954-1959
  • Gordon Stanley Brown 1959-1968
  • Raymond Lewis Bisplinghoff 1968-1971
  • Alfred H. Keil 1971-1977
  • James D. Bruce 1977-1978 (Acting Dean)
  • Robert C. Seamans 1978-1981
  • Gerald L. Wilson 1981-1991
  • Joel Moses 1991-1995
  • Robert A. Brown 1996-1999
  • Thomas L. Magnanti 1999-2007
  • Subra Suresh 2007-2009
  • Cynthia Barnhart 2009–2011 (Acting Dean)


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Coordinates: 42°21′41.72″N 71°05′36.81″W / 42.3615889°N 71.0935583°W / 42.3615889; -71.0935583