Mission 2007: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Final Presentation

Mission 2007 ( MIT subject 12.000 - Solving Complex Problems) Fall 2003

Final Presentation will take place in MIT building 34-101, and will be broadcast live over the internet on December 4th, 2003 starting at 7:15pm. Please choose the speed of the connection below. The final presentation will remain on the web after the initial broadcast.

MIT freshmen taking 12.000 have worked this fall to design a mission consisting of two parts:

1) to design the most "environmentally correct" strategy for oil exploration and extraction in the ANWR ecosystem;
2) to perform a cost-benefit analysis in order to evaluate whether or not the hydrocarbon resources that might be extracted from beneath ANWR are worth the environmental damage that might result from the process.

The students were divided into ten teams and have had the coaching of upperclassmen, the mentoring of MIT alumni/ae and experts from around US and abroad, and the contact of MIT faculty.

Supported by the d'Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, this class is being taught by Professor Kip Hodges (Geology - Course XII) and Professor Rafael Bras (Civil and Environmental Engineering - Course I) as a part of an Institute-wide initiative to expand the horizons of freshman education.

    Last updated 12/1/03