MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2015 Activities by Sponsor - Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Colors, Chords & Creativity

Markus Buehler, Department Head, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Add to Calendar Jan/21 Wed 01:00PM-03:00PM 3-370

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up

Artist Joan Levy Hepburn & Musician Joe Bouchard

Abstract: Joan Levy Hepburn and Joe Bouchard will present painting, color and music, and will discuss the universal forms that can be applied to design and inventions in other fields of study. Merging painting, music and science, Joan formed her own color theory with influences from mentorships with Willem de Kooning and Dave Van Ronk and her work in color separation. With American folk singer Dave Van Ronk in Greenwich Village, Joan developed a structure of color based on the trichromatic color sensors in human eyes and applied it to the Circle of 5ths. Joan has been using this color wheel ever since, combining light with pigment theory. This way of using color instills the painting with life; instead of being a "picture" of Nature, the painting becomes a new reality and part of Nature. This seminar will be organized around a projection of images and sound, including a showing of an image of a Cezanne still-life painting, as well as a discussion around the question: In what ways does an artist see and find new hybrid forms through drawings that connect to universal structures? Also of interest is how Cezanne integrated drawing with the geometry of his palette to create a physical reality on canvas. Joe will play sounds and compositions that demonstrate how color and musical structures relate, with references to formal music theory and his intuitive compositions throughout his career as a rock star.


Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering
Contact: Kelsey Damrad, 1-290, 617-324-7567,

Freshman Mini-UROP

Fatima Hussain

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 12/06
Limited to 25 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions

Attention Freshmen!

Introducing the IAP Freshman Mini-UROP Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering!

Are you a freshman interested in Course 1, but unsure about what it has to offer? Want to learn about some of the most applicable research to today's sustainable challenges?  From transportation networks to biological materials, and environmental remediation to microbial evolution, Course 1 is one of the most diverse majors at MIT.

This IAP, graduate students in Course 1 have put together a set of mini-UROP projects to give you a taste of the broad range of research, all related to real-world environmental and societal problems. The program will pair interested freshmen with a Course 1 graduate student or post-doc to complete a mini-research project. It will also pair research activities with weekly social events to introduce freshmen to the Course 1 community and the research of their fellow mini-UROP participants.  The program will last for the entire duration of IAP.

Interested?  Fill out the survey below and become a part of the CEE Freshman Mini-UROP Program!

We will be hosting an event on Friday, December 5th, that will give an overview of each project offered.  You will also get the opportunity to meet the grad students and/or postdocs leading the projects.  The deadline to confirm is December 6th.  Three units of credit are offered for this program.  In order to receive credit you must register for 1.S991.

Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering
Contact: Stephanie Bright, 1-290, 617 253-9723, SBRIGHT@MIT.EDU

IAP Kick-off lunch

Add to Calendar Jan/05 Mon 12:00PM-02:00PM 1-131

Kick-off event.  Meet fellow students and reconnect with research mentors.

Fatima Hussain

Friday Social/Chalk Talk

Add to Calendar Jan/09 Fri 12:00PM-02:00PM 1-131
Add to Calendar Jan/16 Fri 12:00PM-02:00PM 48-316
Add to Calendar Jan/23 Fri 12:00PM-02:00PM 1-131
Add to Calendar Jan/30 Fri 12:00PM-02:00PM 48-316

Weekly lunches will be held on Fridays during the program to both socialize and discuss research, with the final date, January 30th, being an end of IAP party.

Fatima Hussain

Introduction to Drawing, as taught in the Class "Introduction to Design for Engineers"

Carolyn Jundzilo-Comer

Add to Calendar Jan/14 Wed 01:00PM-03:00PM 1-371

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 25 participants

Drawing Basics that will help you to draw anything.  Did you ever want to sketch something outdoors.  Or walk by an artist and see them drawing and want to try drawing too.  There are basic tools of drawing that will provide you with an approach to drawing that will give you the confidence to draw absolutely anything you see. If drawing seems out of reach to you, this workshop will show you how easy it can be with a few simple instructions on how to approach it.

Basic materials will be provided or bring your own.  Sessions will be January 14 from 1 P.M. to 3 P.M.

Class will be limited to 25. 

Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering
Contact: Carolyn Jundzilo-Comer, 1-342, x3-3280,

Introduction to Microfluidics and its applications

Mehdi Salek, Postdoctoral Fellow

Enrollment: Limited enrollment
Sign-up by 12/30
Limited to 15 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions

This will be a highly interdisciplinary course covering a wide range of fundamental aspects and applications of flow at micro scale. We will cover a quick review on the fluid mechanical fundamentals at micro scales followed by a review on device design principles and microfabrication techniques. The next part of the lecture will cover visualization techniques at micro/nano scales including a quick review on how microscopy helps to extract the details. The last part of the lecture will be devoted to the applications of the microfluidics including:

•    Lab on a chip (Biotechnology, health and pharma industries)
•    Microfluidics in environmental and ecological sciences
•    Application of microfluidics in material sciences and complex fluids
•    Current trends and potentials in multidisciplinary research

January 5th, 7th and 9th - 12:00pm-1:00pm

Instructors: Mehdi Salek, Anupam Sengupta

Sponsor(s): Civil and Environmental Engineering
Contact: Mehdi Salek, 48-102, (617) 909-1789, msalek@MIT.EDU