The Climate, Environment, and Sustainability Infusion Fellowship

The Environmental Solutions Initiative’s Climate, Environment, and Sustainability Infusion Fellowship (CESIF) launched in February 2023 to empower faculty across MIT to cross their disciplinary boundaries and embed topics of climate science, the environment, and sustainability (CES) into the regular undergraduate curriculum.

By infusing CES topics into regular undergraduate subjects, MIT students will be introduced to the critical challenges facing society today and the pathways toward planetary sustainability tomorrow.

The Fellowship will have a duration of two years, and provide the faculty with funding and opportunities to:

  • Build community in a cohort of faculty and instructors across disciplines;.
  • Engage in monthly meetings to learn about innovative CES content knowledge and pedagogical methodologies, work with CES area experts and speakers, workshop new instructional material, and get feedback from peers and ESI staff and visiting experts;
  • Work closely with peer fellows for additional accountability and feedback;
  • Have access to a shared online platform for instructional support.

Our Inaugural Fellows

The first cohort of CESIF fellows, announced in February 2023, include 9 MIT instructors from 7 departments:

  • Haruko Murakami Wainwright, Assistant Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, and
    Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Jennifer French, Lecturer in Digital Learning, MIT Mathematics
  • Ariel Furst, Paul M. Cook Career Development Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Betar Gallant, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Tom Kinney, Lecturer and Undergraduate Officer, MIT Chemical Engineering
  • Katrina LaCurts, Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Officer, MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Themistoklis Sapsis, Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering
  • Michael Short, Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • Mary Ellen Wiltrout, Lecturer and Director of Blended and Online Initiatives, MIT Biology


For more information about CESIF, email Chris Rabe.