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Experiential Learning Opportunity: MENS, MANUS et MACHINA - research computing teaching and training development




12: Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Faculty Supervisor:

Chris Hill

Faculty email:


Apply by:

Dec 1, 2020



Project Description

25 UROP experiential learning opportunities are available starting September 1 2020 onward, as part of the MIT research computing project mens, manus et machina activity (MMM). The goals of MMM are to develop a new cross-disciplinary research computing undergraduate experience track. This MMM undergraduate experience track is being designed to expose as many students a possible to advanced computing applied to real research. Students working in developing the MMM track will work together to design a new Research Computing class that will be experiential and hands-on. The work will involve state-of-the-art AI/ML and other computing algorithms and high-end CPU/GPU computing hardware. We are looking for students who are interested to work with current research projects across all of MIT's Schools and the Schwarzman College of Computing. The jobs will involve learning about coding, hacking on code and meeting broadly with other students and with MIT researchers at all levels who are working in many areas including plasma-fusion, social-science, materials and bio cryo-imaging, climate-environment and beyond. Tasks will entail designing and developing creative and engaging educational material that contributes to these projects and draws out common research computing/research software engineering themes in tools, algorithms and methods across disciplines. We have opportunities for students from all years, including incoming first-years, sophomore, junior and senior students and at all computer skill levels. All UROP activities will target producing published open-source material designed for use both at MIT and more widely. Material will be research relevant and educational.


interest in computing applied to research or in learning about computing applied to research willing to work with different groups and communities across MIT campus can commit at least 10 hours per week to the project are able to attend weekly virtual meetings are happy to work in small groups international students and domestic students are welcome