Meet the MIT Bilinguals

Students who focus intensively on both humanistic and scientific/technical fields at MIT, often earning dual majors
 


"Dual competence is a good model for undergraduates at MIT: master two fundamental ways of thinking about the world, one technical and one humanistic or social. Sometimes these two modes will be at odds with each other, which raises critical questions. Other times they will be synergistic and energizing." 

— Professor David Mindell, Historian, Engineer, Professor, Co-founder and CEO of Humatics Corporation

 


3 Questions: Historian/engineer David Mindell on human-centered robotics and bilingual education
 

David A. Mindell is the Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing (in MIT-SHASS), a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics (in MIT Engineering), and the Co-founder and CEO of Humatics Corporation. 

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Salute to Seniors | Class of 2020

35 of the many outstanding MIT 2020 students who have focused on both humanistic and scientific/technical fields reflect on their MIT education — and their visions for the future.

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Voices from Global Languages
 

Members of the Class of 2020 on their language studies

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Salute to the 2020 Literature graduates
 

This year’s Literature majors received degrees from two MIT Schools.

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Salute to the 2020 MIT Political Science graduates
 

Leveraging unique undergraduate opportunities, MIT political science majors pursue bright post-graduation prospects.

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Kathryn Jiang ’20 | Literature + Mathematics
 

“Literature and math both try to explain how the world works; literature through stories and math through patterns," and these different perspectives are needed to solve today’s complex problems. “So much of this world is messy," Jiang says, "and MIT’s humanistic subjects give you a way to think about messy data, qualitative data. That’s really valuable.”

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Emily Soice ’20 | Environmental Engineering + Music
 

"I came to MIT to be an environmental engineer. I've always loved the environment and wanted to protect it. We also need leadership, which is what I've learned the most in music." 

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Claudia Chen ’20 | Comparative Media Studies + MechE
 

“As a MechE student, I think about technical solutions to our world’s biggest problems. As a CMS student, I think about the effects and implications these technical solutions have on our society and our media ecosystems."

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Profile: Talia Khan '20 | Materials Science + Music
 

“When I was looking for a university, I wanted one with access to top-quality music teachers and top-quality science. MIT really fit the bill. At MIT, we have the same quality of music education as conservatories, and you also have the rest of the MIT education.”

Portrait of Charlotte Minsky '20

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Profile: Charlotte Minsky '20 | History/CS + Planetary Science
 

Studying science has made her a better historian, Minsky says. And studying history has made her a better scientist.

Christine Soh '20, computer science and linguistics

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Profile: Christine Soh '20 | CS/Engineering + Linguistics
 

With her dual degrees, Soh is prepared to make new tools in computational linguistics. Potential applications include improving speech recognition software and making machine-produced speech sound more natural.

Samuel Rodarte, Jr.

SOCIAL INNOVATION: RESEARCH TO POLICY

Shaping Public Policy in the Nation's Capital
 

With dual MIT degrees in engineering and humanities fields, and a social science minor, Samuel Rodarte '13 could have found a top job in almost any enterprise from startup to multinational corporation. Instead, he chose to join generations of alumni who have put their MIT skills to work shaping public policy in Washington, D.C.

Ankita Reddy '19

HEALTH AND MEDICINE | PUBLIC HEALTH

Ankita Reddy'19 blends anthropology and biology for better public health.
 

Culturally aware approaches lead to more effective medical interventions.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Cara Lai '16 cites MIT Literature as key to her preparation for medical practice.
 

Lai, who graduates with degrees in both Literature and Mechanical Engineering, is en route to Stanford University's School of Medicine. In this story she explains how MIT Literature provided her with tools critical to the practice of medicine.

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Humanities + Engineering at MIT | Le Morte d'Arthur and the Engineer
 

In the fall of 2013, after having taught "Medieval Literature: Legends of Arthur" at MIT for six years, Arthur Bahr took a leap of faith. Instead of a final paper, he gave his students the option to turn in a creative project about Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur.  “These are MIT students," says Bahr, Associate Professor of Literature."They’re makers. Mens et manus, right?”