AUS lightning presentations

This past Wednesday, 12/7, HKN hosted lightning presentations featuring delicious donuts and hot chocolate from DD! About 25 curious Course 6 students attended, looking to learn about Advanced Undergraduate Subjects that would be offered this spring and next fall. Each presenter had 10 minutes to pitch the material and content of their class, with some emphasizing the difficulty of their psets, and others showing projects created in their class. The list of presenters featured George Verghese (6.011), Steven Leeb (6.115), Rob Miller and Stefanie Mueller (6.813), Gim Hom (6.101), Yili Qian (6.027), Luca Daniel (6.013), Gerald Sussman (6.945), and Joe Steinmeyer and Jacob White (6.302).

Thank you to everyone who attended, and all the presenters for their time!

Pictures in clockwise order from upper left: Donuts with sprinkles!; Steve Leeb talking about the history of electronic systems; A levitating magnet fighting gravity, demonstrating feedback systems for Jacob White and Joe Steinmeyer’s course; Gim Hom presenting his Analog Electronics Lab course.

EECS UROP Meet & Greet


The HKN EECS UROP Meet and Greet was a great success! Graduate students and professors from labs all over CSAIL and the MIT Media Lab came to chat about their research, and around 100 interested students came to learn about the available UROP opportunities. The event started off with each of the labs introducing their work, ranging from Professor Abelson’s MIT App Inventor, to Professor Leeb’s prototyping control experiments, to Professor Karger’s online learning projects. After hearing about all the exciting research, students were given time to mingle with the various labs and introduce themselves.

Thanks to everyone who came out to tonight’s event!

Women’s Faculty Dinner


On Monday, November 28, HKN held its semesterly Women’s Faculty Dinner! Over twenty undergraduate women enjoyed a dinner in MIT’s Mezzanine Lounge and had the opportunity to speak with three women on MIT’s faculty.

Tamara Broderick, an assistant professor at CSAIL, discussed her interests in Bayesian inference, her experiences attending graduate school in the UK and at UC Berkeley, and spread the word about Women in Machine Learning, a workshop she runs in parallel with the Neural Information Processing Systems conference. Leslie Kolodziejski, a professor in the Research Laboratory of Electronics, spoke to her research experience in optoelectronic devices and provided invaluable advice regarding applying to graduate school. Katrina LaCurts, a lecturer for the immensely popular undergraduate courses 6.02 and 6.033, described her experience with systems research, provided insight into the nuances of the Course 6 curriculum, and learned about the hobbies of many of her current and former students.

All in all, participants walked away excited to have met women in EECS – both students and professors – with an incredibly diverse set of interests and accomplishments. Stay on the lookout for HKN’s next Women’s Faculty Dinner next Spring!

Insomnia Cookies and Gingerbread Houses

exportOn November 1, students got in the holiday spirit by enjoying Insomnia Cookies and making gingerbread houses. Around 70 students came to Twenty Chimneys for the event, and right off the bat, a long line formed to grab the Insomnia Cookies (which were gone within 5 minutes). Throughout the 1.5 hours of the event, many students drifted in to make their own gingerbread houses from a kit. A variety of decorated houses were found throughout the room towards the end of the event, with beautiful icing icicles and gumdrop roof tiles.