The best way to motivate MIT students is to give them a problem, provide them with the tools and training to pursue a solution—and then get out of the way. MIT.nano will be the ultimate inspiration: a nanotechnology toolbox and sandbox like no other.
The hallway outside my office and laboratory in Building 13 has a wide view of the construction of MIT.nano. My students and I look down on the site every day. We are mesmerized by the progress MIT is making, and by the prospects of what we will be able to do when the building is completed.
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(Image courtesy of Christine Daniloff/MIT and Alexei Bylinkskii.)