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The iconic MIT home page Spotlight features a daily-changing image and design that focuses on advances in research, technology and education taking place at the Institute. Though some Spotlights do run multiple days - for example Friday's spot usually runs through the weekend, we work very hard to maintain the daily-changing tradition. We've combed our servers and have compiled a digital archive of the Institute home page through the years - well over 2000 images. Enjoy!
Success storiesToday’s Spotlight features photographs, by Christopher Smith, in a photo-illustration by Christine Daniloff/MIT. Clockwise from top left: Stephanie Speirs, Yakir Reshef, Krzysztof Franaszek, Andre Shomorony, and Allen Lin.

Four MIT graduate students and an alumnus are among 30 new recipients nationwide of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, established in 1997, award $90,000 for immigrants and children of immigrants to complete graduate studies in the U.S. Applicants may propose graduate work in any discipline, and are selected for their potential to make significant contributions to American society, culture, or their academic field.

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The MIT home page Spotlight showcases the research, technology and education advances taking place at the Institute every day.

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Today’s Spotlight features photographs, taken by M. Scott Brauer, with the exception of the second image (green‑lit lab) which is by Jin Suntivich, of MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.

What does ketchup have to do with mechanical engineering?

Well, it turns out that if you want the condiment to garnish your burger in a timely fashion, principles of mechanical engineering can speed an otherwise stubborn, slow‑moving pour. The key, as MIT mechanical engineers have found, is at the interface.

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