Classes during IAP

As the semester is wrapping up, we’re looking forward to MIT’s IAP (Independent Activities Period). Here is a list of some classes that current team members might be interested in checking out! They’re organized by the following topics:

1. Computers/Mobile Devices, 2. Biotech, 3. Energy, 4. Presentation Skills, 5. Hands-on Building, and 6. Health.

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COMPUTERS/MOBILE DEVICES

Mobile Virtualization: Smartphones with Multiple Personalities
- Introduction to Virtualization & ARM CPU Virtualization
- Mobile Devices and Application-Level Virtualization
There is a historic shift occurring today, where smartphones and tablets are overtaking PCs as the dominant end user computing platforms. Another key technology, virtualization, has achieved a huge impact on the industry over the past decade in data centers and desktops. This course will present an introduction to the essentials of virtualization technology from the perspective of VMware’s Mobile Virtualization Platform (MVP) group.
The course will cover the systems and architecture concepts behind virtualization in general and techniques for core and device virtualization on mobile platforms. A focus will be given to the ARM architecture, the platform behind billions of embedded and mobile devices. We will focus on the wider solution space and explore tradeoffs when developing virtualization techniques, while providing concrete examples from the MVP hypervisor.

jQuery Mobile: The Easy Peasy Mobile Development Framework
Overview of jQuery Mobile development framework and how it can help UX professionals and developers quickly prototype mobile sites and apps. What are the tools and skills needed to get up and running? What are the pros and cons? I’ll share that information and a brief demo of a desktop web app created for mobile — and last, but not least, links to further reading, resources, and tips!

Kinected Experiences: Workshops and Competition
Kinect + Windows Phone + Windows 8 development via C# and HTML5. What else can you ask for?
Participate in one or more workshops to prepare yourselves for an IAP competition that challenges you to combine your technical skills and creativity to create the next best product or app, potentially leading to a startup, or some great PR.
These workshops can also be used as a stepping stone towards a few larger competitions with a focus on socially responsible themes, including: iCampus Student Prize, IDEAS Global Challenge or the Imagine Cup.
See also: http://globalchallenge.mit.edu/events/view/203

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BIOTECH

Biotech Business Information for Engineers and Scientists
It’s not Brain Surgery…it’s Market Research. This session will introduce scientists and engineers to information resources that cover biotechnology industries and markets. We will use realistic examples and hands-on exercises with key resources to demonstrate how to match your ideas and discoveries with the opportunities and realities of the marketplace.

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ENERGY

Momentum (Formerly Second Summer)
This year students will work on designing Portable Windmills for Electricity Generation in Remote Areas.
This short course offers students an interdisciplinary perspective on solving some of the world’s biggest challenges to date. These issues span topics covered in a wide variety of fields, such as business, engineering and the social sciences. How will MIT develop the best technologies? Scientists must delve into the area of interest and understand the need of the people; they must assess environmental and social impacts; and they must ensure feasibility – scientifically and economically – so that the technology can be produced.

Introduction to Wind Energy
- Wind Energy 101 – An introduction to wind power technology
- Wind Energy 102 – An introduction to wind physics and resource assessment
About the speaker: Alex Kalmikov is a PhD candidate in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering at the MIT-WHOI Joint Program. He is the co-chair of the MIT Wind Energy Club and leads the MIT Wind Energy Projects in Action (WEPA) student team.

Energy Information: Industries and Statistics
Interested in researching or working in the field of energy? Want to find out how your energy project fits into the landscape of various industries? This session will give you the skills to research the business and statistical information on energy to find industry overviews, market research, news and data.

MIT Clean Energy Prize Founder’s Panel Discussion – From PhD to Clean Energy Venture
Are you a grad student with a clean energy technology that you think could be turned into a product? Are you passionate about clean energy and are wondering how you can maximize your impact? Want to know what it’s like to start a new cleantech venture? If any of these describe you, then come check out the Founder’s Panel Discussion sponsored by the MIT Clean Energy Prize. Several previous-MIT PhDs, now-clean energy entrepreneurs, will share with you their motivations behind their career choice, their challenges and successes in their journey from academia to entrepreneurship and answer questions you may have about taking an idea and building a successful business around it. While targeted towards current graduate students, this event is also open to undergraduate students with a passion for clean energy entrepreneurship.

Cool Shorts: Climate Change on Web Video
This class, cosponsored by Knight Science Journalism at MIT, focuses on the production of several short videos about climate change, meant for web distribution. The goal will be to explore, visualize or enliven topics around climate science with visual/dramatic originality, surprise, suspense or humor. Reaching a broad audience is the intent.

“Horses and Thunder” – Meeting the Energy Needs and Oil Exploration and Production in the Deepwaters
How will we meet our growing energy needs in the future, especially for transportation, which is heavily dependent on oil? More and more oil is discovered and produced offshore, in deeper and deeper water. How do we know where to drill and how do you actually drill for oil? What are some of the enormous engineering challenges in working at 5000’ of water and below? How do we produce it efficiently, bring it to shore safely, and then go beyond? What are some of the recent developments in science and engineering that will take us further?
This short course will focus on gaining a better understanding of exploring, drilling, and producing oil and gas in the deepwaters, including:
Energy needs & role of offshore oil
Exploration – the idea phase
Drilling – the discovery & development phase
Production – the extraction phase
Transportation – getting it to market
Recent science & engineering developments

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PRESENTATION SKILLS

Making the Most of Your Presentation
Strong oral presentation skills are a key to success for engineers, scientists, and other professionals, yet many speakers are at a loss to tackle the task. Systematic as they otherwise can be in their work, they go at it intuitively, sometimes haphazardly, with much good will but seldom good results. Based on Dr. Doumont’s book “Trees, maps, and theorems” about “effective communication for rational minds” this lecture proposes a systematic way to prepare and deliver presentations. Among others, it covers structure, slides, and delivery, as well as stage fright.

Road Signs: Finding Your Way in the Visual World
In most countries, road signs are graphical: rather than words, they use shape, color, and a variety of icons to convey meaning. Still, are they truly visual? Are they, for example, interpreted faster than word signs? Are they more intuitive, more accessible, more universal?
Through observation of road signs in their natural ecosystem around the world, this session explores basic concepts of visual communication, applicable to a wide array of graphical representations.

How to Speak
You can improve your speaking ability in critical situations by observing a few heuristic rules. Professor Winston’s collection of rules is presented along with examples of their application not only in lectures, but also in job talks, thesis defenses, and oral examinations.

MIT Can Talk: Workshop Series
Many great thinkers of the past, the so called “Renaissance Men”, excelled in both Engineering/Science and Exposition/Rhetoric/Oration. There is no reason why the MIT engineers and scientists of today, the creative men and women who will be the leaders of tomorrow, cannot do so as well. “MIT Can Talk” promotes campus-wide awareness of good oral communication skills. It consists of: (1) a series of independent workshop sessions on public speaking/oral communication, followed by (2) a speaking competition. The workshops are open to the MIT community, but the contest is open only to MIT undergraduates and MEng students.

Effective Speaking
Have you always wondered why some people seem at ease with public speaking? Have others told you to speak up because you speak too softly, or perhaps you are self-conscious because of your accent? Well, this class is for you! You will learn the proper techniques for projecting your voice and delivering a talk. (Prerequisite – must be an MIT Student, Faculty, Staff or Affiliate to attend class.)

Leveraging the Internet and Social Media for Marketing
Social Media, Mobile Technology, and the web have changed how we interact, consume content, and interact with companies. How can businesses, startups or individuals leverage these new technologies and their effect on consumers to drive business goals? In this series we will examine how to create Epic Content, use social media channels, and mobile technology to drive customer action and build your brand.

Competitive Presenting
Strong presentation skills are a valuable asset for engineers and scientists, yet there are few possibilities to practice presenting independent of the subject matter. Competitive presenting, e.g. Science Slams, offers a great way to practice presenting and to try out new ideas or styles.
The first session will consist of an introduction and discussion of how to structure, prepare and deliver a good and interesting presentation. Participants will also be given a topic on which to prepare a presentation. The second session will require the participants to deliver their 5-minute presentations with the rest of the group providing feedback.

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HANDS-ON BUILDING

Build Your Own Electric Guitar
Students in the class will build their own solid-body, bolt-on neck electric guitar or bass using a system of router templates that are easy to use and give high-quality results.

Build Your Own Loudspeakers
This is a hands-on introduction to the engineering and art of speaker design. How speakers work, the acoustics of enclosure design, baffle layout and crossover electronics will all be covered. We also examine the frequency response and distortion behavior of individual drivers and see how these are influenced by the design. Students will make enclosure parts as a team then assemble and finish their own pair of speakers.

Design for Manufacturing
“Design for Manufacturing” is a weeklong course that discusses the link between machine design and selection of manufacturing processes, with a focus on technologies available to MIT students. The course will examine strengths, limitations, and dimensional capabilities of processing techniques like machining, 2D processes (laser / waterjet), and 3d printing. The link between design and manufacturing will be discussed in terms of design manufacturability and the ability of a particular manufacturing process to meet component form, fit, and function. Best practices for engineering drawings will be presented so that design intent can be effectively communicated to machine shops. Advance registration is preferred; no enrollment limit.

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HEALTH
Mobile Health in Developing Countries: Sana and OpenMRS
The interactive sessions will focus on the Sana Android client and our extensions to OpenMRS, a widely used open source medical records system. Sana is currently looking to expand and refine the available features we provide in both of areas.

MIT Media Lab – Health and Wellness Innovation 2012 – Come hack to save healthcare
The MIT Media Lab is proud to announce that the Health and Wellness Innovation event is back for its third year! Researchers, hackers, physicians, and industry experts, in one location, creating disruptive healthcare technologies today.
Join us for two weeks from January 17th – January 27th, 2012. Together we are going to build the next generation of technologies to engage and empower patients and save healthcare.

1 Responses to “Classes during IAP”


  • I’m curious about the project where the students will be designing portable windmills for electrical power generation in remote areas. Approximately what size are these windmills, and how will they be made portable? Since they are powered by the wind, what method will be used to ‘anchor’ them to the ground? Thanks in advance for your help.

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