J-WAFS Research Speed Dating

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, morning through lunch

Do you have a burning research question in water and food that you’re trying to solve?  Do you have expertise or technology that could be newly applied to a water or food challenge, and would benefit from the perspective of colleagues from other disciplines? Are you interested in collaborating with colleagues in different disciplines to develop new research in water or food?

The Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS) invites you to join us for our annual Research Speed Dating event on Tuesday, October 10th.  Here, MIT faculty from across the Institute will share their latest research on and ideas for future work in water and food systems from a wide variety of disciplinary approaches.  Please come to share ideas with your colleagues, whether they relate to recent work or nascent ideas for future research directions.

This event is for faculty only, and will consist of 4-5-minute “elevator pitches” about your research, background, and /or idea for a research project that applies to water and food systems.  Everyone attending is expected to present, and there will be time during breaks and lunch for informal conversations.  (Lunch will be provided.)

The event is also an opportunity to learn about the J-WAFS Seed Grant program in advance of the request for proposals that we will issue in November.  We are looking to fund exciting new MIT projects in water and food, and the speed dating event provides an opportunity to get initial feedback from diverse colleagues about a proposal idea you might have.

RSVPs are required.  RSVP to Andi Sutton, J-WAFS communications and program manager, at arsutton@mit.edu by Wednesday, October 3rd

MIT Graduate Student Sustainability Survey

The MIT Graduate Student Council represents all 6,800 graduate students at MIT and advocates on students’ behalf at various levels of government through its External Affairs Board (EAB). As a part of this effort, the GSC EAB and the GSC Sustainability Subcommittee are conducting a survey on sustainability, climate change, and environment policies to better understand the overall stance of the MIT graduate student population on these issues, so we can appropriately represent students’ interests in our advocacy.

If you are an MIT grad student, please complete this survey to tell us what you think about these policies. 

Respond by Wednesday, Sep. 20 at midnight to be entered into a raffle for 2 x $100 or 15 x $20 Amazon gift cards! Prizes generously sponsored by the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative.

If you have any questions about the survey, please email gsc-eab-state@mit.edu.

If you’re interested in getting more involved with the GSC EAB or the GSC Sustainability Subcommittee, please email gsc-eab-state@mit.edu or gsc-sustainability@mit.edu, respectively.

9th International Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development

Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (EESD) 2018 is fast approaching – June 3-6, 2018 – and abstract submission is underway. Please consider submitting before closing on October 18, 2017.  The conference theme is Creating the Holistic Engineer, and the keynote speaker in the area of holistic STEM education is Dr. Domenic Grasso, Provost of the University of Delaware and author of the book “Holistic Engineering Education: Beyond Technology.”  Learn more here: http://eesd2018.org/.

Climate Policy Fellowship: Fall 2017

Position Description

The Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) at MIT is currently seeking graduate student applicants for a part-time paid Climate Policy Fellowship for the fall 2017 semester (10 hours per week).


In December 2017, MIT plans to convene a summit on climate policy and action in the Northeast U.S. and Eastern Canada. The summit will bring together researchers, policymakers, and business and nonprofit leaders to explore opportunities for enhanced regional collaboration to address climate change. In preparation for the summit, the Climate Policy Fellow will research state, provincial, and municipal climate policies in the region and prepare syntheses on key policy issues for distribution to summit attendees. This project requires deep interest in climate policy, strong self-directed research skills, and strong writing ability.

Duties will include:

  • Research existing and proposed policies (statutes, proposed legislation, executive orders, etc.) on climate change and clean energy in the jurisdictions in the region;
  • Develop short, non-technical overviews of key climate and clean energy policy areas, such as transportation and carbon pricing;
  • Assist with planning and outreach for the summit, scheduled for December 7-8;
  • Attend and staff the summit;
  • Complete other related assignments as necessary to help ensure the success of the summit.


  • Strong interest and demonstrated experience in policy related to climate change and/or clean energy;
  • Basic familiarity with government functions at state and/or provincial level;
  • Excellent written communication skills, including ability to distill complex policy issues for a broader audience;
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Coursework in economics, policy, sustainability, energy, and/or transportation-related topics.

Please send your CV and any questions to Tom Kiley, Senior Advisor to the Vice President for Research: tkiley@MIT.EDU.