About the Lab

The Interactive Materials Education Laboratory (IMEL) 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.

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We are looking for UROPs and Grad Students to work on educational research and innovation projects. We need people to work on:


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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.

students collaborating

“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.

students programming arduinos

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.


CodeSeal Programming Education and Research Platform

Wolfram LTI for MITx

Code Your GIRs

Interactive video display for kinetic public engagement

Exploring structural coloration: computational modeling and fabrication

Scalable hacking apprenticeships


3.016 - Computational Methods for Materials Science

  • 12-unit semester-long course in DMSE
  • Simulation, analysis, mathematical modeling, visualization, narrative construction

3.A01 - Mens et Manus: Freshmen Advising Seminar

Fundamentals of Scientific Programming in Mathematica

  • not-for-credit semester-long seminar to support 3.012, 8.01, and 8.02
  • Symbolic algebra, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and visualization

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



W. Craig Carter

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Professor Carter is recognized as one of DMSE's most innovative instructors. He is a MacVicar Fellow and has received the MIT School of Engineering Bose Teaching Award. His use of Mathematica in the classroom was honored with a Wolfram Innovator Award.

Kyle Keane

Cofounder & Director
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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.

Andrew Ringler

Cofounder & Director of Design
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Andrew Ringler is a creative technologist and educator. His work focuses on tangible interfaces that facilitate creation, collaboration, learning, challenge and flow. He builds interactive public installations that allow participants to create their own novel visual and auditory experiences. He challenges participants to invest time and effort learning new systems collaboratively, and through that investment receive the pride of achievement and the joy of connecting with others. He holds an MFA in Design from the Dynamic Media Institute of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a BS in Computer Science from McGill University.

Peter Barendse

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Dr. Barendse is a visiting lecturer at MIT working to bring computation into the freshmen year. Before joining MIT, Peter was a Senior Developer at Wolfram|Alpha focusing on the automated generation of step-by-step solutions to math questions ranging from advanced college calculus to arithmetic word problems for elementary students.

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

Thiago Bergamaschi

Yiran He

Alexandra Berg

Past UROPs

George Varnavides

Emma Vargo

Mark Vrablic

Visiting Students

Abhinav Gandhi

Ian Kim Riley


You can email us at IMEL {-a-t-} mit.edu