Introducing MIT’s new Undergraduate Energy Commons

Scheduled to open in autumn 2016, the new commons will provide a mixed configuration of educational and activity space for MIT’s energy students

December 14, 2015    ·    MITEI

The MIT Energy Initiative is proud to announce plans for the creation of a brand-new community space devoted to energy students on campus. The Undergraduate Energy Commons is scheduled to open its doors to all in autumn 2016. Located directly under MIT’s iconic dome in Room 10-063, the Energy Commons is a mixed configuration of educational and activity space.

As currently envisioned, the commons will feature study/breakout rooms with conference tables and audiovisual equipment; open space for group work, meetings, and presentations; a student lounge area; and room for energy-related demonstrations and/or displays. It will be a blended, collaborative hub where energy students from all majors can gather, hold events, build teams, and pursue shared projects to sustain and expand the undergraduate energy community.

The renovation and furnishing of this unique space is supported by a generous donation from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, which shares in MITEI’s vision and goal to enhance opportunities for multidisciplinary, problem-focused energy education at MIT.

This article appears in the issue of Energy Futures.


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