As faculty in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering address the urgent global need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from many angles, many foresee a major disruption on the horizon for the transportation industry as new solutions bubble up.

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Alumni Spotlight: John Wall, SB, SM ’75, ScD ’78, and Jennifer Rumsey, SM ’98

Jennifer Rumsey recently succeeded John Wall — who she has known since she was an 18-year-old intern at Cummins — as the CTO of the engine design and manufacturing company.

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Lifetime Achievement: Professor John Heywood

One of the most recognizable and highly regarded names in internal combustion engines, Professor John Heywood literally wrote the book on them, one that continues to be referred to today.

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Student Spotlight: Yamile Pariente SB ’16

Senior Yamile Pariente first arrived to her internship at Porsche the week of June 8, 2015. She walked into a building that was practically empty, and there was an almost eerie silence. Everyone was at the 83rd 24-Hours at Le Mans race in Le Mans, France.

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Talking Shop with Professor John Leonard

Professor John Leonard talks shop about the varying levels of autonomous cars, the economic and policy considerations to be weighed, and why he believes we aren’t as close as we think to falling asleep safely at the wheel.