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NBC 1st Look host Chelsea Cabarcas visits MIT to learn more about how faculty, researchers and students are “pioneering the world of tomorrow.” Cabarcas meets the MIT Solar Electric Vehicle team and gets a peek at Nimbus, the single-occupant vehicle that team members raced in the American Solar Challenge from Kansas City to New Mexico. Cabarcas also sees the back-flipping MIT mini cheetah that could one day be used in disaster-relief operations.


WCVB-TV’s Mike Wankum visits MIT to learn about the Solar Electric Vehicle Team. “We are trying to prove that we can move away from cars that rely on gasoline or diesel,” explains undergraduate Salem Ali, “and move towards more electric vehicles, and potentially even vehicles that you don’t have to plug in.”


Aaron Schachter of WGBH’s On Campus Radio visits the Edgerton Center’s summer Engineering Design Workshop for high school students. [Doc Edgerton] “believed that it was a duty of engineers and scientists to communicate why we do what we do, the coolness of what we do, and the interestingness of what we do, to the general population, which includes students,” explains Ed Moriarty, who leads the workshop.


WCVB-TV’s Mike Wankum visits the Edgerton Center to learn more about the MIT Motorsports team, a group of students engineering an electric Formula SAE car. “We are here because we love it,” explains team captain and undergraduate Serena Grown-Haeberli. “Getting to see it drive, getting to see it race, sort of caps it off.”


WCVB-TV’s Mike Wankum visits the Edgerton Center’s Area 51 machine shop to see how MIT students are developing cutting-edge technologies such as solar-powered vehicles, electric racing cars and other innovative devices in a space that Wankum calls “classic MIT.” “It’s really cool,” says third-year student Serena Grown-Haeberl. “You get to see those math equations really come to life.”


WCVB-TV’s Mike Wankum visits the Edgerton Center and sits down with Associate Director James Bales to talk about the center’s work with high-speed imaging. The center offers an annual high-speed imaging course “that is geared for just about everyone,” Bales explains. “You will walk out of here knowing what you can and cannot do with the cameras.”

New York Times

Amy Fitzgerald, outreach program coordinator for the Edgerton Center, speaks with New York Times reporter Jane Levere about the Ad Council’s new “She Can STEM” campaign aimed at girls ages 11 to 15. Fitzgerald says the message “could have a big effect,” adding that it’s vital the campaign shows “mechanical engineers, aviation engineers, women who get their hands dirty…Girls, especially, do not have an idea of the range of possibilities.”


In this video, WGBH reporter Tina Martin visits a FixIt Clinic held at the Edgerton Center. Martin explains that the workshops were originally started by MIT graduate Peter Mui in an effort to teach people how to conduct self-repairs. 

Associated Press

“Milk Drop Coronet,” a photograph captured by the late MIT professor Harold “Doc” Edgerton, is featured in TIME Magazine’s multimedia project featuring the publication’s 100 most influential images, according to the AP. Edgerton’s photo used strobe lights to “refine moments otherwise imperceptible to the human eye.”

Boston Globe

The Boston Globe spotlights how the MIT Edgerton Center provides students opportunities for hands-on learning. “I’ve soldered solar cells, analyzed the aerodynamics of the body, learned how to weld — you figure out how to overcome obstacles you never encounter on the theoretical side,” says graduate student Kathleen Alexander of her work at the center. 


Middle school students from Lincoln County, Maine spent February vacation creating electronics as part of an educational program developed by the Edgerton Center, reports Rob Nesbitt for WCSH-TV. "Normally kids would not be exposed to this level of electronics until, maybe at the earliest, junior year of high school," explains Edgerton instructor Bob Vieth.

Slice of MIT

The MIT Alumni Association’s Slice of MIT blog features highlights of MIT President L. Rafael Reif’s Ice Bucket Challenge. “MIT President L. Rafael Reif is the Institute’s 17th president, but he is almost surely the first MIT president to publicly dump a bucket of near-freezing water over his head,” writes Jay London. 

The New Yorker

The New Yorker features a slideshow of images, currently on display at the Michael Hoppen Gallery, by the late Professor Harold Edgerton. Edgerton invented the strobe-flash in the 1930s, which allowed photographers to capture pictures at very high speeds. 


Stephen Dowling writes for the BBC News about the legacy of former MIT professor of electrical engineering, Harold Edgerton. Edgerton’s pioneering photography work captured detailed images of moments occurring at speeds too high for the human eye to detect.