superUROP & NEET
The New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) program was launched in 2017 to reimagine engineering education at MIT. A cross-departmental endeavor with a focus on integrative, project-centric learning, NEET cultivates the essential skills, knowledge, and qualities to address the formidable challenges posed by the twenty-first century.
The Living Machines Thread, one of three interdisciplinary threads offered through the NEET program, allows students to apply engineering principles and concepts to problems in the Life and Medical Sciences through various biotechnology innovations. As a Living Machines scholar, students have the opportunity to work on projects spanning synthetic biology, immuno-engineering, tissue engineering, microfluidics, and computational biology and other disruptive research areas, united by a theme of improving our understanding of and therapies for human disease.
In the Fall of 2019, the CMIT superUROP Program merged with the NEET Living Machines Thread to offer immersive experiences in microbiome research to Living Machines scholars. With a structured UROP in microbiome research, scholars gain invaluable real-world experience in this exciting field that will propel them into the next step of their careers.
The thread is open to all MIT rising sophomores who can satisfy a specific track’s requirements within their degree plan. MIT undergraduates interested in participating in the NEET program should contact Dr. Mehdi Salek.
CMIT Faculty and researchers interested in mentoring a NEET Living Machines student should contact Dr. Shelby Doyle.