Many student groups on campus organize activities and events related to energy, including lectures and discussions, community service, extracurricular design projects, conferences, and/or academic work. These groups become a very important part of our students’ MIT experience. The associations they make and the skills they learn open them up to new ideas and help them make choices about their careers. The majority of the clubs listed below are for students only, but others, like Fossil Free MIT, the MIT Transportation Club, and sustainability@MIT, are open to all members of the MIT community.
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The MIT Energy Club is focused on the creation of a tight-knit energy community at MIT. The club holds weekly events, including document-based energy discussion groups and the MIT Energy Lecture Series, alongside signature events such as the annual MIT EnergyNight and the MIT Energy Conference. The club's emphasis is on building a community at MIT with a deeper understanding of global energy trends and challenges through open, fact-based discussion.
e4Dev – Energy for Human Development is a student group and discussion forum on energy and human development challenges in the developing world. e4Dev brings together students, faculty, and practitioners, at MIT and beyond, who are devoted to working on critical issues at the intersection of energy and the developing world.
The China Energy and Environment Research Group (MIT CEER) serves as a communication platform for students, scholars, and professionals at MIT and other Boston-area universities who are interested in topics related to China’s energy and environment. It invites officials from the Chinese and US governments, industrial leaders, and scholars to speak; hosts seminars and round-table discussions on China’s energy and environmental studies; and maintains connections with China’s energy organizations to promote an information exchange about China’s energy policies and markets.
Fossil Free MIT is a coalition of MIT community members who are concerned about future climate change. The group aims to spark discussion on the issue of climate change, both on campus and beyond, with a focus on the impact of fossil fuels. It also works to raise awareness of the consequences of climate change on the MIT campus, promote actions to mitigate these effects, and educate the MIT community on the benefits of environmentally sound practices and political activism.
The MIT Clean Energy Prize, established by the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, is a nationwide $200,000 student venture competition that aims to inspire, educate, nurture, and reward the next generation of clean energy entrepreneurs, and catalyze the development of innovative solutions to meet the world’s greatest energy challenges. The organization works to stimulate productive relationships among academic, community, industry, and government organizations with strong interests in meeting the world’s energy challenge through innovation and entrepreneurship.
The MIT Electric Vehicle (EV) Team is a multidisciplinary group of undergraduate and graduate students that designs, builds, tests, and demonstrates electric vehicles. The team’s mission is to research EV technologies, provide educational opportunities for MIT students, and increase public awareness of electric and other advanced vehicle technologies. The team has converted a 1976 Porsche 914 into a battery electric vehicle using 18 Valence Technology lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries and continues to focus on vehicle redesign to achieve fast recharge and extended range.
MIT Engineers without Borders engineers solutions for problems in the third world while providing opportunities for students (undergrads and grad students) to gain real engineering experience, leadership and project management skills, and learn about other cultures through research and travel.
The MIT Transportation Club aims to bring together the campus’s transportation community for education, networking, and research collaboration. Founded in the spring of 2010, the organization has grown rapidly to include over 300 members from across all Schools. The MIT Transportation Club is open to any member of the MIT community. Key events include a weekly seminar series, tours to transportation centers, and the MIT Transportation Showcase.
The MIT Undergraduate Association Committee on Sustainability is charged with galvanizing passion, energy, and interest in sustainability on campus. This committee interfaces with other student advocacy and policy groups, facilitating communication to induce change. It also identifies and addresses needs within the undergraduate sustainability community.
Sustainability@MIT is a collective of students and MIT community members that works to improve sustainability on campus and beyond by providing resources, hosting events, and supporting other sustainability-related groups and initiatives on campus. Members coordinate and support these efforts in order to foster student and staff engagement and realize ideas to make the campus a healthier and more sustainable place.
For further listings of all student groups available at MIT, please visit the Association of Student Activities.