A hundred years ago, MIT left its its Back Bay digs and headed over the Charles to new and spacious quarters in Cambridge. This calls for a celebration, and MIT is holding many events, including a sprawling Open House on Saturday, April 23, from 10 to 3.
Allison joined UPOP because she felt it was a good way to get a step up in the industrial world and to develop skills crucial to success.
“All these skills are so valuable—negotiation, communication, crucial conversations, how to work as a team, how to function as a project manager,” she says, “and UPOP is a really safe place to learn, practice and fine-tune them.”
Hannah's project at Pioneer Natural Resources, Texas, during the summer of 2015 was to create a time-dependent pressure model of separation and storage facilities, called tank batteries, using VBA, Excel’s coding language.
Chelsea's project at LiquiGlide focused on assessing and optimizing the functionality, affordability, and chemistry of the LIS coating for a wide range of viscous agrochemicals; designing experimental performance metrics; and engineering improved methodologies for coating application.
Anuj worked in the Advanced System and Capabilities group at Lincoln Laboratory, developing the embedded system for a UAV payload. UPOP's training in teamwork, communication and presentation skills proved very useful!
Daniel interned at Electricité de France, where his main task was to model some of the components of EDF’s nuclear reactors and to simulate them in certain conditions in order to ensure that they met certain requirements.
More than 120 employers will connect with hundreds of UPOP students at the coming Employer Networking Luncheons, held at the end of each of UPOP’s IAP Team Training Workshops. Expected participants include: Apple, Bose, Chevron, Google, Lockheed Martin, McKinsey & Company, Mitsubishi Electric, Procter & Gamble, Stryker, W.L. Gore and many more.
UPOP's IAP Friday Networking Luncheons featured six new sponsors, dozens of new companies, and many UPOP-alums coming back as recruiters.
The luncheons, held over MIT's January Independent Activities Period, were among the biggest "career fairs" held on campus this spring. UPOP saw its largest employer engagement yet, with a total of 11 sponsors (six of them new) and more than 200 employers converging at Walker over the course of the two sessions held January 15 and January 29, 2016.
Jon Ivester ’78 is the senior vice president of worldwide operations for Silicon Laboratories, a producer of high-performance, mixed-signal integrated circuits, headquartered in Austin, Texas. Ivester found that “the talents and accomplishments of the students were truly amazing, but their commitment and eagerness to get the most of the experience was even more impressive. It was great to be able to reconnect with MIT, and I really enjoyed getting to know the other mentors.
Nana Yaa Fordjour ’11 worked on Thomson Reuters’ proprietary relationship and entity identification system. She was impressed by her strong team of co-workers, with its diversity of thinking styles and personalities: “Since the team has every kind of personality, the results tend to be well-rounded. For example, the developers and testers strive to get a web product functioning… Then the editorial part of the team suggests ways to increase the aesthetic value and quality of the content.