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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT has five schools and one college, containing a total of 32 academic departments, with a strong emphasis on scientific, engineering, and technological education and research.

Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, the institute used a polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction. MIT's early emphasis on applied technology at the undergraduate and graduate levels led to close cooperation with industry. Curricular reforms under Karl Compton and Vannevar Bush in the 1930s re-emphasized basic scientific research. MIT was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1934. Researchers worked on computers, radar, and inertial guidance during World War II and the Cold War. Post-war defense research contributed to the rapid expansion of the faculty and campus under James Killian. The current 168-acre campus opened in 1916 and extends over 1 mile along the northern bank of the Charles River basin.

In the past 60 years, MIT's educational disciplines have expanded beyond the physical sciences and engineering into fields such as biology, economics, linguistics, and management. MIT enrolled 4,384 undergraduates and 6,510 graduate students for the 2011–2012 school year. MIT received 18,109 undergraduate applicants for the class of 2016, with only 1,620 offered admittance, an acceptance rate of 8.9%. It employs around 1,000 faculty members. Seventy-eight Nobel laureates, 52 National Medal of Science recipients, 45 Rhodes Scholars, and 38 MacArthur Fellows are currently or have previously been affiliated with the university.

MIT has a strong entrepreneurial culture. The aggregated revenues of companies founded by MIT alumni would rank as the eleventh-largest economy in the world.

Honors: A Technology Powerhouse

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Kaley Brauer, Sarah Greer, William Moses, and Paul Zhang will receive DoE support to fuel research that tackles problems of national importance.
Fri, 19 Oct 2018
Researchers and experts attend African Sustainable Development Conference at MIT.
Fri, 19 Oct 2018
Faculty members recognized for excellence via a diverse array of honors, grants, and prizes over the last quarter.
Fri, 19 Oct 2018
New system breaks up cache memory more efficiently to better protect computer systems against timing attacks.
Thu, 18 Oct 2018
At a recent symposium, MIT Open Learning invited experts to discuss the power of VR and AR tools to drive engagement with education.
Thu, 18 Oct 2018
Neural network that securely finds potential drugs could encourage large-scale pooling of sensitive data.
Thu, 18 Oct 2018
Neurons in human and rat brains carry electrical signals in different ways, scientists find.
Thu, 18 Oct 2018
Senior Radha Mastandrea analyzes data from CERN in search of more information about the universe’s fundamental particles.
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
$20 million gift names imaging suite in new facility, creates catalyst fund.
Wed, 17 Oct 2018
Fourth annual Tata Center Symposium highlights the need to invest in technologies for the developing world from a market-driven perspective.
Wed, 17 Oct 2018