Dear CEE Community and Friends,
This month’s newsletter marks the end of the academic year as we say goodbye to our extraordinary graduates and recognize recipients of our 2021 CEE Awards. New research from Josephine Carstensen’s lab examines topology optimization for designing rigid interlocking assemblies, Admir Masic’s lab demonstrates an imaging technique that could enable new pathways for reducing concrete’s hefty carbon footprint, as well as for 3-D printing of concrete. Markus Buehler composes a protein antibody sequel, and PhD candidate Meshkat Botshekan is one of the developers of Carbin, an app that allows users to crowdsource road-quality data with their smartphones.
We also share an insightful op-ed in The Hill co-written by Prof. Franz-Josef Ulm about the need to build resilient and sustainable infrastructure. Prof. Charles Harvey discusses his group's research into the above ground necromass in the tropical island of Borneo, and last but not least, we profile a third-year chemical oceanographer student in our MIT-WHOI Joint Program who creates music from the ocean’s chemistry.