LAUNCH.nano: MIT.Nano Officially Opens

Symposium and open house make MIT.nano's Grand Opening Celebration a memorable day

LAUNCH.nano: At the dawn of the Nano Age.

To harness the power of nanotechnology in service to humanity’s greatest challenges, MIT spent the past six years constructing, at the heart of the campus, a new center for nanoscience and nanotechnology. MIT.nano has launched an advanced facility open to the entire community of faculty, researchers, partners, and students. A convening space to spark collaboration and cross-pollination. A hive for tinkering with atoms, one by one—and for constructing, from these fantastically small building blocks, a future of infinite possibility.  

On October 4, 2018, we held a series of celebration events:

8:30AM – 4:00PM
LAUNCH.nano Symposium at Kresge Auditorium 

4:00PM – 7:00PM
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at MIT.nano. Grand Opening Celebration at MIT.nano, with a ribbon cutting, reception, tours, exhibitions, a poster session, and more.

Poster Session

Prizes were given to the top two posters who were able to present the most memorable posters conveying the personality of the researcher as well as the research. More

MIT.nano Grand Opening Agenda

8:30am            WELCOME

Welcoming Remarks

MIT President L. Rafael Reif 

Solutions For Some Of The Biggest Challenges Are At The Smallest Scale

Ray Stata, Founder & Chairman, Analog Devices, Inc.

8:55am            Session 1 – ENERGY

Researchers from across MIT are tackling one of the world’s greatest challenges, the energy crisis, at the smallest scale, by building new tools that harness, store, convert, and deploy energy.

The MIT Energy Initiative - Linking Science, Innovation and Policy to Transform the World's Energy Systems


Robert Armstrong, Director of the MIT Energy Initiative and Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering


Energy at MIT.nano

John Deutch, Institute Professor and Professor of Chemistry


Reimagining Battery Technologies

Yet-Ming Chiang, Kyocera Professor of Materials Science and Engineering


Nano is More Sustainable Energy

Karen Gleason, Alexander and I. Michael Kasser Professor of Chemical Engineering

9:35am           Break

9:55am          Session 2 – HEALTH AND MEDICINE

MIT researchers are not only creating the tools necessary to understand biological systems at the nanoscale, but they are also actively using those tools to learn more about largely mysterious biological phenomena.


Tyler Jacks, David H. Koch Professor of Biology, Director of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.


Materials, Medicine, Health: The Synergy of Science and Technology

Elazer Edelman, Director of Institute of Medical Engineering and Science, Poitras Professor in Medical Engineering and Science MIT; Professor of Medicine and Senior Attending Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital


Where The Wild Things Will Be - Taming Microbes In The Nano Era

Katharina Ribbeck, Hyman Career Development Professor of Biological Engineering


Why Nanometers Matter In Biology

Thomas Schwartz, Boris Magasanik Professor of Biology

10:35am         The Integrated Systems Revolution Rages On

Jesús del AlamoMicrosystems Technology Laboratories Director, Donner Professor, and Professor of Electrical Engineering

10:50am         Session 3 – QUANTUM COMPUTING

With nanotechnology, computing and communications will keep pace with our ambitions, translating quantum computing’s theoretical foundation into practical structures and systems designed and fabricated in MIT.nano.


Michael Sipser, Dean of Science and Donner Professor of Mathematics

Quantum Computing and MIT.nano

William Oliver, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Physics and Associate Director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics, MIT; and Laboratory Fellow, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

ROUNDTABLE –Quantum Information Science: Nano & Macro

Moderated by:

Isaac Chuang, Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Senior Associate Dean of Digital Learning


Claire Cramer, Program Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy

Eric Dauler, Group Leader, Quantum Information and Integrated Nanosystems Group, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

I. Michael Mandelberg, Chief, Solid State and Quantum Physics, Laboratory for Physical Sciences

Bogdan Mihaila, Program Director, National Science Foundation

Christopher MonroeDistinguished Professor of Physics, University of Maryland; CEO and co-Founder, IonQ, Inc

Mark Ritter, Senior Manager, Quantum Science, IBM


11:45am         Lunch


Anantha Chandrakasan, Dean of Engineering and Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science


Importance of Nanotechnology to MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Eric D. Evans, Director of MIT Lincoln Laboratory

1:20pm           Session 4 – MATERIALS

The creation of new materials is at the heart of nanoscience because researchers now have the ability to design and build new forms of matter atom by atom.


Carl V. Thompson, Stavros Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Materials Research Laboratory


Materials Manufacturing Innovation: Bridging The Valleys Of Death

Krystyn Van Vliet, Associate Provost and Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Biological Engineering


Making Nano Big With Materiomics

Markus Buehler, Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering and McAfee Professor of Engineering

Imaging And Controlling The Growth Of Materials In A Unique Electron Microscope

Frances Ross, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

2:00pm           Break

2:15pm           Session 5 – THE NEW FRONTIERS OF DESIGN

The astonishing new nano capabilities have arisen in a parallel with a broad recognition at MIT of the power of design as a mode of inquiry to explore the interface between human beings and their environment at every scale—from nanoparticles to cities.


Vladimir Bulović, MIT.nano Director and Fariborz Maseeh (1990) Professor of Emerging Technology

Exploring the Past for a More Sustainable Future

Admir Masic, Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Moderated by Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning


Craig Carter, POSCO Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Paul Ha, Director of the List Visual Arts Center

Anette (Peko) Hosoi, Associate Dean of Engineering, Neil and Jane Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Carlo Ratti, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Director of SENSEable City Lab


Robert B. MillardChairman, The MIT Corporation

3:35pm           WALK TO MIT.nano (BUILDING 12)

4:15pm           MIT.nano RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY


Festivities included tours of MIT.nano, exhibitions, live music, refreshments, poster presentations, and much more.