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  • MIT Facts 2015: The Campus
    the Community Research Research at MIT Lincoln Laboratory MIT Industry Entrepreneurship Financial Resources Building Resources Financial Data The Campus MIT is located on 168 acres that extend more than a mile along the Cambridge side of the Charles River Basin The central group of interconnecting buildings dedicated in 1916 was designed by architect W Welles Bosworth Class of 1889 to permit easy communication among schools and departments Subsequent growth of the campus saw construction of landmark buildings by leading architects such as Alvar Aalto I M Pei 40 and Eero Saarinen Early in this century MIT added new buildings to meet the changing needs of teaching research and the community These remarkable structures include the Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer Information and Intelligence Sciences designed by Frank Gehry Simmons Hall an undergraduate residence designed by Steven Holl the Media Lab complex E14 by Fumihiko Maki and the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center by Kevin Roche Most recent construction projects include 2013 David H Koch Childcare Center W64 2011 Maseeh Hall W1 2010 Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research 76 MIT Sloan School of Management E62 2009 Media Lab Complex E14 MIT s new buildings reflect its commitment to

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  • MIT Facts 2015: Housing
    MIT affiliated fraternities sororities and living groups All unmarried first year students must live in one of the Institute s residence halls except those who commute from home Each dormitory has a live in housemaster who is usually a senior faculty member Students may elect to remain on campus following their freshman year or move to a fraternity sorority or independent living group The current number of undergraduates living on

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  • MIT Facts 2015: The Arts
    by faculty Erik Demaine Junot Díaz John Harbison Joan Jonas Keeril Makan John A Ochsendorf Jay Scheib and Evan Ziporyn The Institute offers degrees in studio art history theory and criticism of architecture and art and architectural design through the School of Architecture and Planning and in music theater and comparative media studies writing through the School of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences Nearly 80 percent of incoming freshmen have prior training in the arts Over 50 percent of all MIT undergraduates enroll in arts courses each year with nearly half of students participating in music and theater arts classes and performance groups Students can participate in more than 60 music theater visual arts writing and dance groups MIT s program in architecture was the first established in the United States Notable alumnus and Pritzker Prize winner I M Pei 40 designed four buildings for the MIT campus The MIT Museum draws nearly 125 000 visitors each year to programs and exhibitions exploring the foundations and frontiers of science and technology The List Visual Arts Center maintains and adds to a permanent collection of over 3 500 artworks located throughout MIT s campus including dozens of publicly sited sculptures and

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  • MIT Facts 2015: Athletics and Recreation
    MIT supports one of the broadest intercollegiate athletic programs in the world There are 16 varsity sports for men 15 for women and two coeducational programs Approximately 20 percent of undergraduates join a team during their time at MIT MIT competes mainly against Division III New England colleges but also routinely participates in regional and national championships The Institute has earned 220 Academic All America citations the most for any

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  • MIT Facts 2015: The Campus
    Laboratory MIT Industry Entrepreneurship Financial Resources Building Resources Financial Data Hacking at MIT MIT culture distinguishes itself not only for its seriousness of purpose but also for its unique sense of humor as expressed in the arena of hacking Hacks at the Institute are elaborate but benign practical jokes perpetrated anonymously on campus around Cambridge or even farther afield and that amaze for their creativity cleverness and difficulty of execution A 1958 prank in which the Harvard Bridge was measured in increments of fraternity pledge Oliver Smoot has achieved such fame that smoot has been incorporated into the American Heritage Dictionary and is included as a unit of measure in Google Earth The bridge still displays its quirky unit of measure today Although not officially sanctioned hacks can be appreciated for their technical prowess and humorous digs at rival institutions for example in the astonishing emergence of a large black weather balloon with MIT written all it over in the middle of a Harvard Yale football game in 1982 or in the 2006 cross country theft of Caltech s Fleming Cannon Other famous hacks involve rather large objects falling from building rooftops the Baker House Piano Drop or appearing where

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  • MIT Facts 2015: MIT and the Community
    Seaport District the Institute is in an optimal position to engage in collaborative endeavors with its neighbors and contribute to the growing innovation community MIT and Cambridge The city s approximately 105 000 residents including more than 36 000 college and university students together build a vibrant community within its 6 26 square miles Cambridge is pedestrian and bicycle friendly with 80 parks and playgrounds six subway stations a commuter rail line 29 bus routes multiple shuttles 33 bike sharing stations and numerous dedicated bicycle lanes enabling visitors and students to get around the city and the MIT campus without a car Service to the community Since its founding MIT has maintained a commitment to be a good neighbor and serve the local community The Institute actively supports nonprofit organizations that address local challenges by providing educational programs financial resources representation on boards and committees volunteer engagement and the use of MIT facilities In addition members of the MIT community support the Institute s Community Service Fund which provides assistance for nonprofits where MIT volunteers are at work Students faculty and staff at MIT are involved in a broad range of volunteer activities in the community The Institute s Public Service Center provides programming guidance information and support to those interested in public service and serves as a resource for both MIT and the community at large Economic impact and innovation catalyst MIT has a far reaching impact on the economy of the region The Institute is Cambridge s second largest employer and largest taxpayer representing almost 13 percent of the city s revenue stream MIT pays taxes on its commercial property and provides an annual payment in lieu of taxes PILOT for property that is used for academic purposes while being legally tax exempt In fiscal year 2014 the

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  • MIT Facts 2015: Research at MIT
    synthesis of penicillin Developing inertial guidance systems for the Apollo space program Pioneering high speed photography Engineering practical microwave radar Building the magnetic core memory that made digital computers possible Developing the world s first biomedical prosthetic device This stream of discovery continues Here are a few sample accomplishments from this decade Genetically reprogramming skin cells to cure a mouse model of sickle cell anemia Developing a new form of wireless power transmission Inventing a way to duplicate photosynthesis in order to store solar energy Re engineering viruses to produce both ends of a lithium ion battery Finding a way to use RNA interference to silence multiple genes at once Designing computer techniques that automatically decipher ancient languages Engineering a soft autonomous earthworm like robot that can inch away unscathed even when stepped upon Discovering evidence of water ice and organic material on Mercury Developing ceramics that bend without breaking Undergraduates can plunge directly into this world of exploration through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program which offers students a chance to collaborate on cutting edge research as the junior colleagues of Institute faculty During the academic year approximately 3 750 researchers including 574 visiting faculty and scientists work with MIT

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  • MIT Facts 2015: Lincoln Laboratory
    Entrepreneurship Financial Resources Building Resources Financial Data Lincoln Laboratory MIT s Lincoln Laboratory located in Lexington Massachusetts is a federally funded research and development center focused on applying advanced technology to problems of national security Lincoln Laboratory s core competencies are in sensors information extraction signal processing and embedded computing communications integrated sensing and decision support all founded in a broad research base in advanced electronics The laboratory is engaged

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