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.
We are looking for UROPs and Grad Students to work on educational research and innovation projects.
We need people to work on:
- Video recording and production of lectures and training materials
- Screencasts and tutorials about using our software tools
- Computational curriculum developers (code your major and teach others in your discipline how to code in ways that will matter to them)
- Project management and feature tracking for the software, projects, and tools we are building
- Data analysis of usage data to understand how and when students learn to code in their disciplines
- Anyone with a passion for computational and some creative ambitions should get in touch...
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.
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.
Cofounder & Director of Design
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.
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 is a Research Associate who brings expertise from Early Education, Philosophy, research methods for social science, and Positive Psychology.
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.