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The Department routinely receives notices of UROP opportunities and lists them here as a service to members of the MIT community. The positions have not been screened, nor verified to be available. Nor are they endorsed by the Department.

For more information, visit MIT's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

Energy Efficient Resource Recovery from Water (waste) Streams: Experimental Design, Set-up,  lab work, and Proof-Of-Concept Studies

Spring and Summer 2017 Paid or Credit UROP Openings

We are looking for UROP student(s) interested in renewable technology who like building things to assist in experiment design/assembly and running experiments to build a water treatment research benchtop system. The work may also include journal paper diagrams and text, technical reports, graphing and analysis, patent diagrams, and other work for journal papers. $11.50/hour. Ideally, a student would start soon, with a more significant time commitment this summer. 

The Project 
The research project is on experimentally realizing recovery of NaOH from synthetic reverse osmosis brine. This compound is added to remove unsafe compounds, especially boron, which can get through the membranes. This recovery is done via the Chlor-alkali process, which involves a voltage applied to electrodes, which cause the movement of Na+ and Cl- ions and the production of H2 and OH- via electrolysis. 
The students will help design and build a setup consisting of piping, electrodes for electrolysis, a membrane, and various sensors.  The research aims to reduce the costs and membrane fouling challenges for the leading desalination technology: reverse osmosis. The technology is critical for providing increased water resources and remediating waterborne disease in India and elsewhere. 
Our adviser, Professor Lienhard, is Director for JWAFS, and The Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy and former Associate Department Head for mechanical engineering. The research group is located in building seven in the Rohsenow Kendall Heat Transfer Laboratory, a lab that originated in 1870 and has a prestigious history.  The student will work closely under the mentorship of PostDocs. Acknowledgement on multiple papers is very likely.  Productive students who stay for multiple time periods (e.g. fall and spring) will have the opportunity to be a coauthor on conference and/or journal papers.

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed students who like building things to help with a wide variety of activities.  Experience in building things, machining, performing experiments, and/or hands on work may be helpful.  Chemistry coursework is a plus. We do hire exceptional underclassman too.
Contact: Amit Kumar (
Rohsenow Kendall Heat Transfer Laboratory
Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Posted: March 31, 2017

Project Title: Hydrogel micropatterning for cancer bioanalysis

Project Description: Despite the availability of many types of therapy, many cancers remain deadly and a challenge to classify and treat. Many cancer patients are intrinsically resistant to treatment or develop drug resistance within a few months. One challenge is the existence of extensive tumor cell heterogeneity and the lack of adequate pathological and biomarker tests for personalized treatment strategies. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as sensitive and robust markers for cancer diagnosis and prognosis. There is a technological gap, however, for miRNA probing technologies that can quantitatively assess tumor heterogeneity in a manner that is relevant to pathologists. The broad goal of this project is to develop a miRNA quantification platform that can be applied to cancer cells and tumor sections in an effort to develop a better understanding of tumor heterogeneity as well as develop more reliable diagnostic and prognostic tests for cancer patients. More specifically, the project will involve the use of micropatterning techniques to develop arrays for parallel miRNA detection using hydrogel-based technology from the Doyle Group. The research at the Doyle Group is highly interdisciplinary, and will involve learning about microfabrication, microfluidics, image analysis, polymers, biological assays, microscopy, and more!

Prerequisites: The ideal candidate should have some experience in working in wet labs (either through laboratory courses or prior research experience). Prior research experience and/or coursework in mass transport related courses are a plus (10.302, 20.330, etc.). The position is open to all relevant engineering majors (2, 3, 10, 20, etc.). Interest in continuing to do research in the group after the summer is also a plus. Candidate should possess good communication skills, good work ethic, and ability to work as part of a team or independently.

Term: Summer 2017, with the opportunity to continue in the Fall

Contact: Augusto Tentori
Chemical Engineering (Course 10)
Faculty Supervisor: Patrick Doyle
Lab Website:

Posted: 3/15/17