MIT alums to geek out on nanotechnology in 15 cities

Most nanotechnology emails I receive are because the sender knows I have some connection to the field professionally. This one came due only to my being an MIT alum. The nanotech event described is only for such alumni, but I bet it’s possible to get in some other way if you try hard enough:

“It’s a Small World” will feature a panel of MIT faculty members discussing nanotechnology and the ways in which MIT is paving the way in this exciting field. The fire hose is ready and we have homework (a.k.a. background reading) assigned to you.

The MIT Alumni Association, in conjunction with regional clubs, will present the first of two Webcasts and receptions scheduled this academic year on Thursday, November 15. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with the MIT community, network with fellow alumni, and learn!

Our faculty panelists are revealing why bones are so tough, equipping the next generations of soldiers, and discovering new ways of generating electricity from any fuel source–all at the nano level.


Markus Buehler, Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
“How Things Fail: Molecules, Bones, Airplanes, and the Earth Itself”

Karen Gleason ’82, SM ’82, Alexander and I. Michael Kasser Professor of Chemical Engineering Department of Chemical Engineering, Associate Director, Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies
“Strictly on the Surface: Nanocoatings”

John Kassakian ’65, EE ’67, SM ’67, SCD ’73, Director of the Laboratory for Electomagnetic and Electronic Systems (LEES) and Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
“High Efficiency Thermophotovoltaic Systems Using Photonic Crystals”

Participating areas:

Mountain View, CA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Tampa Bay, FL
Orno, ME
Westbrook, ME
Cambridge, MA
Minneapolis, MN
Portsmouth, NH
Warren, NJ
New York, NY
Columbus, OH
Delaware Valley, PA
Houston, TX
Burlington, VT
Seattle, WA

We hope you will join us on November 15. For viewing locations, times, and registration, visit

If not an alum, maybe you have a friend who can get you in. —Christine

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