MIT’s Claim to Fame
The School of Engineering is the largest and most celebrated branch of MIT’s education; in fact, it’s the main reason why the Institute was founded in the first place! With over sixty percent of undergraduates and almost half of the graduates working towards a degree in the field, the School of Engineering easily overwhelms the Institute’s other subjects.
Courses in the School of Engineering fall under a variety of departments, ranging from aeronautics to medical technology to computer science. With ten academic disciplines, twenty laboratories and research centers, and fourteen internal and cross-departmental programs to choose from, no two students will graduate with the same education.
Quantity is nice, but it’s the quality of the classes that make MIT’s School of Engineering the best in the country. US News & World Report has ranked the school’s undergraduate programs at the top of the list for over thirty consecutive years! Engineering students are taught by members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, IEEE fellows, and winners of A. M. Turing awards. These are just a few examples of what these professors have accomplished; check out the School of Engineering’s website for the full list!
Are you interested in engineering but still in secondary school? The School of Engineering offers a number of outreach programs for kids and teens.
The STEM Program
Middle school students can participate in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (or STEM) Program, which is available in a five week summer course and a nine month mentoring program during the school year. With four levels of difficulty, aspiring engineers can enjoy the STEM program through every year of middle school, or pick the program up on the level that’s right for them.
The Blue Bowl
High school students have even more options to choose from. The Blue Lobster Bowl is an annual competition hosted by the School of Engineering, where twenty four teams of high school students are quizzed on every aspect of marine science for a chance to represent Massachusetts in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, which will be held in Ocean Springs Mississippi this spring.
The School of Engineering also offers programs for underrepresented high school students interested in joining the field. The Saturday Engineering Enrichment & Discovery (SEED) Academy gives students from Boston, Cambridge, and Lawrence the chance to study engineering in weekly classes over seven semesters. The Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) is a six week summer program that provides an advanced STEM education to students from diverse backgrounds. Last but not least, the Women’s Technology Program familiarizes young ladies with important female scientists, while also providing a rigorous education to start contributing themselves.
The School of Engineering puts the “T” in “MIT;” without it the Institute would not be the top-tier university it is today. Graduates of the School of Engineering have become Air Force generals, CEOs of companies like General Motors and Koch Industries, and U.S. senators and governors. Although the long list of honors credited to the school might make it seem intimidating, its outreach programs ensure aspiring students that the School of Engineering is not beyond their reach.
Map Location of MIT’s School of Engineering
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