What have MIT alumni done this year? The achievements are infinite.
We’ve had the privilege to share stories about a small fraction of those inspiring endeavors—here is a look back at the 10 most-read alumni stories from Slice of MIT, which include environment-saving technologies, productivity-inspiring tools, and food-insecurity-tackling efforts.
Cooking with Lynja Turns Retired MIT Engineer into Internet Celebrity
Never much of a chef, Lynn Yamada Davis ’77 didn’t expect the quirky cooking videos she and her son started making during the pandemic would garner millions views.
“We Can’t Wait”: Aerospace Entrepreneur Gives Hydrogen-Powered Air Travel a Jump Start
Paul Eremenko ’01, cofounder and CEO of Universal Hydrogen Co., developed hydrogen storage solutions and projects fuel cell conversion kits by 2025.
Creating Space for Good, at NASA and Beyond
When Janelle Wellons ’16 isn’t working on space probes at NASA, she volunteers her time sharing her story with audiences who might not see themselves in the aerospace field.
Shipping Background Delivers the Chance to Feed Millions
“If you want to see climate change in action, come to the Sahel,” says Chris Nikoi SM ’91, regional director of the UN World Food Programme in western Africa.
With Data from Wind and Waves, Guarding Against Disaster
Lili Bui SM ’16, PhD ’20 monitors the wind, tide, and weather to track the best swell as a surfer and at the Pacific Disaster Center as a disaster management specialist.
Less Is More, Says Engineer Designing Modern-Day Typewriters
A technology to help promote focus? That’s the aim of Adam Leeb ’07 and his distraction-free writing devices.
Former Space Shuttle Engineer Explores the Politics of Space
Linda (Getch) Dawson ’71 took a path from MIT to NASA into a second career as a teacher and a writer, earning her the nickname “Rocket Woman” along the way.
Retired Mechanical Engineer Puts Hundreds of Parts to Use in Kinetic Sculptures
After 31 years engineering medical solutions for the NIH, Seth Goldstein ’61, SM ’62, SM ’63, ScD ’66 launched a second career as a sculptor.
Protecting the World’s Vanishing Coral Reefs
Tom Goreau ’70, who has borne witness for the last seven decades to the global decline of coral reefs, says his 700 artificial reefs might help save the last bit of what is left.
Building an Online Home for Black History
“We want to empower the Black community to take control of its own narrative," says BlackFacts.com founder Ken Granderson ’85.