May 13, 2019
Bloomberg News reporter Carol Massar spotlights how MIT researchers have developed a robot that can identify and sort recyclables. “The system includes a soft Teflon hand that uses tactile sensors to detect the size of an object and the pressure needed to grasp it,” Massar reports. “From there it can determine if it’s made of metal, paper or plastic.”
Second-year student Danielle Geathers has been elected president of the MIT Undergraduate Association (UA), reports David Williams for CNN. Geathers, who will be the first black woman to serve as president of the UA, noted that: “Although some people think it is just a figurehead role, figureheads can matter in terms of people seeing themselves in terms of representation.”
President L. Rafael Reif underscores the importance of a national strategy for strengthening America’s scientific and technological prowess. Reif writes that the Endless Frontiers Act, “would provide a visible, focused and sustained commitment to U.S. research, education and technology transfer, as well as to economic development.”
Forbes contributor Adrian Bridgwater spotlights how MIT researchers are examining supply chain issues to gain a better understanding of the availability of Covid-19 testing equipment and PPE. “Having access to an integrated set of diverse COVID-19 data sources with a common data model can help accelerate analysis of critical supply chain issues in our work with FEMA and other agencies,” says research engineer Tim Russell.