June 2013 Newsletter
In This Issue

MITES class of 2013 welcomed to campus

MOSTEC alumni to study computer science at Google Global HQ

Former OEOP head to lead international education and research at Wash. U.

MITES alumni: Join us on 
Friday, July 19

MITES Symposium
9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
The 2013 MITES students will share their engineering elective projects with their classmates and the wider community. This year, students will present projects from their Architecture, Electronics, Digital Design, Genomics, and Engineering Design courses.
Alumni Reception
5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.
Following the MITES Symposium, we will host a reception for MITES alumni from all classes. The reception will offer an opportunity for alumni to catch up and mingle in a casual environment. Light snacks will be served.
We will follow up with more details in early July. 

Give to OEOP
Without the generous support of friends of the office like you, we wouldn't be able to offer our programs free of charge to our incredible students. 

now available
August 5 - August 16, 2013
Open to rising 8th, 9th and 10th graders who attend public school in Boston or Cambridge.
 Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, with priority going to those who apply earliest.

Dear friends,   

The Office of Engineering Outreach Programs' (OEOP) summer programming has officially begun! 

We welcomed our Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) students to campus on June 14, and they are currently taking their second week of classes in humanities, calculus, physics, life sciences, and engineering. As always with a new class of students, an exciting rush of energy has burst into the office, and we're thrilled to see all the new faces.

As the summer continues, we'll host more high school students from across the country through the Engineering Experience at MIT (E2@MIT) program and the MIT Online Science, Technology and Engineering Community (MOSTEC). We will also welcome local students through the MIT Science of Baseball Program (MSBP), the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program, and the Confronting Obstacles and Realizing Excellence (CORE) program.
We're prepared for an exciting summer, and I look forward to updating you again soon.

Shawna Young
Executive Director
Office of Engineering Outreach Programs
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


MITES class of 2013 welcomed to campus

Students and staff of the 2013 MITES program attended the
Welcome Dinner in Simmons Hall on June 14

The 78 students of the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) class of 2013 joined instructors, teaching assistants, and members of the MIT community for the MITES Welcome Dinner on June 14 in MIT's Simmons Hall. The annual dinner kicked off the six-week program that brings from across the country together for rigorous academic experiences in science and engineering.

Speakers at the event welcomed the MITES students and offered advice for success. Associate Director of Admissions Quentin McArthur stressed the value of reaching out to peers for help. "When challenges come along, don't turn inward, turn outward," McArthur said.

MITES Faculty Director Cardinal Warde introduced the MITES instructional staff and previewed the students' upcoming challenges. While the students came to campus from a diverse set of backgrounds and academic experiences, Professor Warde noted that it is each student's growth -- rather than letter grades -- that the staff values. "At MITES, it's not the slope, but the intercept that matters," Warde said.

Other speakers included Associate Dean Tammy Stevens, who discussed the role of the MIT Office of Minority Education and the upcoming MITES/Interphase Challenge. Representatives from the MIT Police and the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation presented on campus safety and use of the MIT fitness facilities, respectively. 

OEOP Executive Director Shawna Young concluded the program with a charge to the students to take advantage of every opportunity presented to them over the next six weeks.
MOSTEC alumni to study computer science at Google Global HQ

This spring, over 300 alumni of OEOP's programs graduated high school and accepted admission to top universities across the country. Ellen Yuan and Terrence Burkhalter, both of the MIT Online Science, Technology and Engineering Community (MOSTEC) class of 2012, are among the many of those rising freshmen who will be embarking on one more exciting academic journey before they enter college. Along with fellow MOSTEC '12 alum Ikechi Akujobi, Ellen and Terrence will participate in the three-week Google Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) at Google's Global Headquarters in Mountain View, CA.

Ellen Yuan, MOSTEC '12
Ellen Yuan, of Durham, North Carolina, will make her first trip to California to participate in CSSI. While participating in a MOSTEC workshop at Google's Cambridge office in which she developed an Android application, Ellen saw the passion that Google employees put into their work. "I could really tell that they enjoyed what they did," Ellen says. She plans to major in statistics when she enrolls at Duke University in the fall. Through CSSI, she hopes to learn more about the intersection of statistics and computer science.

Terrence Burkhalter, MOSTEC '12

Terrence Burkhalter had few options for computer courses at his small high school in rural Minnesota. "It was pretty much just learning about Microsoft Office applications," Terrence says. While he enters CSSI with little computer science experience, activities such as First Robotics and the MOSTEC Google workshop have ignited his desire to learn more. "Through CSSI, I hope to get a good introduction to computer science and find out that I like it," he says. Terrence will attend the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where he plans to study physics, and he is considering adding computer science as a second major.
Former OEOP head to lead international education and research at Wash. U.

Dedric Carter
Dedric A. Carter, PhD, who served as the first executive director of the newly reformed OEOP from 2006 to 2008, will take on a new role as associate dean of engineering for international education & research at Washington University in St. Louis on July 1.
In his new role, Carter will continue to dedicate his work to outreach and diversity, now on an international scale. The announcement from Washington University in St. Louis reports:

Carter will serve as ambassador-at-large for the McDonnell International Scholars Academy and develop international research partnerships with McDonnell Academy partners; develop graduate, professional certificate and summer programs for international students; and work with corporate partners to provide undergraduate and graduate practice opportunities abroad. He also will provide support for entrepreneurship programs in the school, and as professor of the practice, he will begin teaching a course in Fall 2013 emphasizing the role of scientists and engineers in policy formation.

After his two years at the helm of OEOP, Carter was appointed assistant dean of engineering for development and strategic initiatives in 2008. He also served as a lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science for four years. Carter left MIT in 2011 to accept his most recent role as senior advisor of strategic initiatives for the National Science Foundation.