The Academy’s partners are design-specific programs that encourage a community of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and researchers to make, create, and innovate.
DesignPlus is a First-Year Learning Community to help undergraduates explore design across MIT. Design is an interdisciplinary field and way of working that spans many departments and schools at MIT. The DesignPlus community enables first-year students to learn about the design process, develop new skills, connect with design-oriented peers and faculty, and learn about ways to build design into the rest of their MIT education, regardless of their major.
The academic program is flexible to account for diverse student interests within the field of design. Students work with advisors to select a mix of academic and experiential opportunities. DesignPlus offers opportunities such as internships, international travel, and UROPs with some of the most exciting design labs at MIT. And the program provides a dedicated study space and lounge with maker space that often serves as a second home on campus for first-year students.
MITdesignX is an academic program in the MIT School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) dedicated to design innovation and entrepreneurship. The program empowers students, faculty, and researchers to build new business ventures and forward-thinking solutions designed to address critical challenges facing the future of cities and the human environment.
MITdesignX provides resources to build new solutions, systems and ventures. Successful ventures exist at the intersection of design, business, science and technology. Interdisciplinary teams of creative thinkers and makers fast-track the development of their innovations and launch ventures into the marketplace. Applications go through a rigorous selection process that reviews ideas based on human and social impact, feasibility, uniqueness, and scalability as well as team composition, diversity and skillset.
Applicants may include graduate students, researchers, staff and/or faculty members from the MIT SA+P and their collaborators from across MIT, other universities and beyond. One participant on a team is required to be an active student, faculty, researcher or staff member of MIT. Preference will be given to teams that include SA+P members.
MIT students are avidly interested in hands-on learning and making things, and MIT Project Manus champions this interest by fostering student maker communities and providing access and training in two makerspaces on MIT’s campus: The Deep (37-072) and Metropolis (6C-006B).
Through the Mobius web app — developed by Project Manus, working with students and shop managers under the direction of Professor Martin Culpepper of the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering — Project Manus also makes it easier for community members to find spaces and machines, and access training in 35+ makerspaces on the MIT campus.
The MIT Makersystem includes makerspaces tailored for general making, entrepreneurship, research, the arts, class projects, metal working, wood working, glass working, micro/nano making, biomaking, and more. These makerspaces provide access to a host of tools: from chisels, saws, and belt sanders to 3D printers, welding machines, and oscilloscopes and much more.
With the renovation of the MET Warehouse, projected to be completed in 2025, MIT will add a new 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art, community makerspace.
The MIT Climate & Sustainability Consortium
The MIT Climate & Sustainability Consortium is a new kind of academia industry collaboration, working together to vastly accelerate the implementation of large-scale, real-world solutions, across sectors, to help meet global climate and sustainability challenges. It aims to lay the groundwork for one critical aspect of MIT’s continued and intensified commitment to climate: helping large companies usher in, adapt to, and prosper in a decarbonized world.
The Consortium’s member companies recognize industry’s profound responsibility for action on climate change and its unique ability to rapidly deploy and optimize solutions. Representing the heart of global capital, they have committed not only to working with MIT but with each other, to confront climate challenge with the urgency required to realize their goals — and to be part of solving this existential threat for society.
MIT Climate & Sustainability Consortium