An MIT Alumni Association Publication

From cutting-edge surgical robots to the next version of the internet, MIT alumni continue to connect, build, create, imagine, invent, and inspire—and we’ve had the privilege of sharing those stories with the MIT community. As we close the chapter on 2022, take a look back at the 12 most-read alumni stories from Slice of MIT.

  • Photo of James Worden outside with grass and trees behind him to the left and a brick building on the right

    How a Vision for a Solar Car Sparked a Career―and MIT’s Solar Electric Vehicle Team

    What started as a passion for homebuilt go-karts for James Worden ’89 became a career in solar and a long-running student group on campus.

  • Andrea Ippolito

    Feeding Babies Isn’t Easy—Help Is on the Way

    As a new mom, Andrea Ippolito SM ’12 saw firsthand the challenges of feeding babies and created a telehealth platform to provide infant feeding support covered by health plans.

  • Vacarious surgical cofounders standing in front of a brick wall

    Is a Humanoid Robot the Future of Surgery?

    Adam Sachs ’13 and Sammy Khalifa ’12 think that their tiny anthropomorphic robot will help doctors perform more minimally invasive surgeries.

  • Portrait of Lila Snyder

    Bose CEO Shares Sound Choices

    “MIT attracts people who want to invent things and push boundaries, and Bose attracts that kind of person as well,” says Lila Snyder SM ’96, PhD ’98, CEO of MIT alum–founded company Bose.

  • Tiera Fletcher outside with blue sky and clouds behind her and a rocket ship on her left

    Wonder Woman of Rocket Science

    Tiera Fletcher ’17 says the November 2022 launch of NASA’s Space Launch System—one of the most powerful rockets ever built—made her feel like a rock star.

  • Portrait of Josh Santos

    Putting the Nation’s Cooling Towers to Work to Combat Climate Change

    Couldn’t we just pull carbon dioxide out of the air to reverse climate change? Josh Santos ’14 and the team at his startup, Noya, believe we could, and they are working to prove it.

  • Dick Schulze going over a snowboard jump

    This 76-Year-Old Lawyer Is America’s Oldest Competitive Snowboarder

    Dick Schulze ’67—who didn’t hit the slopes until his 50s—this year placed second in his age group at the USASA National Championships.

  • Debra Meyerson standing in Killian Court with the pillars of building 10 behind her

    See Why This Stroke Survivor Biked 4,500 Miles Across the US

    Paralyzed by a stroke in 2010, Debra Meyerson ’79, SM ’80 is raising awareness about the lack of support for the mental and emotional aspects of healing.

  • Sitan Chen resting on a piano

    Playing Classical Music Is an Intellectual Challenge, Says Tech Night Soloist

    A pianist working in computer science, Sitan Chen PhD ’21—who performed with the Boston Pops during Tech Reunions in June 2022—says there’s a level of critical thinking and problem solving to both.

  • Cassandria Campbell

    A New Fast-Food Experience: Quick, Affordable, and Healthy

    Cassandria Campbell MCP ’11 observed that low-income areas around Boston lacked affordable, healthy food so she started a Dorchester-based restaurant, food truck, and home delivery option.

  • Portrait of Carlos Araque

    Energy from the Earth, for the Earth

    Geothermal energy can generate terawatts of power, but accessing reservoirs of hot water deep below Earth’s surface is challenging. Carlos Araque ’01, SM ’02 has a solution.

  • Portrait of Kirin Sinha

    Building the Next Version of the Internet

    For the launch of her company, Kirin Sinha ’14 applied AR technology to video games, producing the worldwide success “Five Nights at Freddy’s.” Now she aims to build a platform to change engagement with the digital world.