About the Keane Lab

The Keane Lab is a research group in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. We work on projects at the intersection of technology, education, design, and public engagement. We strive to make science and engineering tangible for everyone, specifically underserved communities and people with disabilities.


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“Bringing humanistic education in technical subjects to the world” —Human-centered pedagogies in the context of modern topics and technologies with the IMEL team. MIT News, MIT Open Learning, June 28, 2018.


“Activating Computational Thinking on MITx using Wolfram Technologies”, Dr. Kyle Keane and Dr. Peter Barendse introduce a new framework for online learning using Wolfram technologies. xTalk May 15, 2018.

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“Interactivity & Connectedness in the Classroom: Digital Tools for Collaborative Learning”, Dr. Kyle Keane, Ian Kim Riley, Andrew Ringler, and Mark Vrablic introduce some digital tools and classroom management strategies for students to learn-by-doing. xTalks November 30, 2017.

students collaborating

Learn to Build Your Own Videogame with the Unity Game Engine and Microsoft Kinect, Curriculum and documentation of 9-day hands-on workshop about designing, building, and publishing simple educational videogames. MIT OpenCourseWare. Jan 2017.

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Collaborative Design and Creative Expression with Arduino Microcontrollers, Curriculum and documentation of 9-day hands-on workshop about collaboration, design, and electronics prototyping. MIT OpenCourseWare. Jan 2017.

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Materials science master class, Professor W. Craig Carter leads a collaborative effort to build a materials science curriculum online with integrated programming and active student engagement. MIT News, July 7, 2015.


Wolfram LTI for MITx

Workshops and Short Courses

Arduino Crash Course

  • 4 four crash course + 4 hour mini-makerspace
  • IAP session sponsored by SUTD-MIT Collaboration

Arduino Microcontrollers for Creative Exploration

Creating Educational Games for Public Engagement

Computational Masterclasses

  • July 2016: Hermes summer school
  • July 2016: Imperial college
  • July 2016: EPFL summer school




Kyle Keane

Principal Investigator
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Dr. Keane is a Lecturer in DMSE who has been honored with the Infinite Mile Award for his teaching and the James N. Murphy Award for Inspired and Dedicated Service to Students. He co-teaches 3.016: Computational Methods for Materials Scientists and Engineers and 6.811/2.78/HST.420: Principles and Practice of Assistive Technology (PPAT). Kyle is serving as advisor for the ATHack Team at MIT. Before coming to MIT, Kyle worked as a research programmer building educational software at Wolfram Research and improving the accessibility of educational software for people with disabilities.

Andrea Griffin

Andrea is a Research Engineer working on MITx integrations for supporting more engaging computational tools.

Anna Musser

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Anna Musser is a Research Associate who brings expertise from Early Education, Philosophy, research methods for social science, and Positive Psychology.

Ph.D. Candidates

Lauren Berk

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Lauren Berk is a fifth year PhD student in Operations Research at MIT, working with Prof. Robert Freund and Prof. Craig Carter. Her dissertation research introduces new techniques for data analysis and optimization in educational technology. Before starting her PhD, Lauren earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Yale University and worked at a consultant in operations research and business analytics firm Analytics Operations Engineering.

Current UROPs

Alexandra Berg (UROP) - Machine learning for healthcare

Abhinav Gandhi (Visiting Student) - Assistive technology

Past Members

Thiago Bergamaschi (UROP) - Coding in first-year physics

Yiran He (UROP) - Computational storytelling

Emma Vargo (UROP) - Inverse design of structural coloration

Mark Vrablic (UROP) - Interactive Science Simulations

Ian Kim Riley (Visiting Student) - Unity Science Simulations


To learn more, email kkeane {-a-t-} mit.edu