18 episodes

MIT TALKS sets out to bring you the stories that shape the people of MIT. Have you ever wondered what brought someone to MIT, to do the work they do, what challenges they might have faced, and what influenced them along the way? Co-hosts Dana Attar, Vyda Bielkus, and Sarah Trice bring you their stories on this engaging and inspiring podcast series. Tune In! Listen! Learn! Grow!

MIT TALKS MIT Club of Boston

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

MIT TALKS sets out to bring you the stories that shape the people of MIT. Have you ever wondered what brought someone to MIT, to do the work they do, what challenges they might have faced, and what influenced them along the way? Co-hosts Dana Attar, Vyda Bielkus, and Sarah Trice bring you their stories on this engaging and inspiring podcast series. Tune In! Listen! Learn! Grow!

    Frank Schilbach: On the fascinating study of behavior and economics

    Frank Schilbach: On the fascinating study of behavior and economics

    Professor Frank Schilbach talks about his work at MIT in the field of behavioral economics, including his recent work in India on sleep and its impact on productivity, working to help the poor and others improve their lives. Your host is Vyda Bielkus.

    • 42 min
    Heather Kosakowski: From Growing Up in Foster Care to Unlocking Cognition in Baby Brains

    Heather Kosakowski: From Growing Up in Foster Care to Unlocking Cognition in Baby Brains

    In this episode, Heather Kosakowski shares details about her current work at the MIT Brain and Congitive Sciences Department where she is a PhD candidate. Her dissertation research focuses on the development of higher-level visual processes in the awake infant brain. To this end, she invented techniques to increase the quality of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data collected from awake infants leading to the discovery of face-, body-, and scene-selective responses in infants' ventral visual stream. Kosakowski had a non-traditional career path that included foster care, the Marine Corps, Community College, and being a single mother. This trajectory left Kosakowski with a deep desire for people that feel like outsiders to know there is a place for them, anywhere they want to be. Heather blogs at heatherkosakowski.com/blog/. Information about her recently published paper can be found at https://news.mit.edu/2021/brain-region-faces-development-1115. Your host is Dana Attar.

    • 32 min
    Neil Rasmussen: High School Tinkerer, Fortune 500 Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist

    Neil Rasmussen: High School Tinkerer, Fortune 500 Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist

    In this episode, Neil Rasmussen takes us on his life journey starting as a high school student who had an insatiable appetite for fixing things, then completing bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering at MIT, and growing and pivoting APC to become a force in uninterruptible power for computing and other industrial uses. Now retired, Neil provides an important perspective to MIT through his service on the MIT Corporation. He also runs a philanthropic foundation with his wife. Your host is Vyda Bielkus.

    • 38 min
    Clover Food Lab Founder Ayr Muir: Saving the Planet, One Meal at a Time!

    Clover Food Lab Founder Ayr Muir: Saving the Planet, One Meal at a Time!

    In this episode, Ayr Muir the founder of Clover Food Lab shares his journey from graduating from MIT with a Bachelor's and Master's in Materials Science & Engineering to becoming a leading food entrepreneur.  Ayr is the founder of Clover Food Lab, a fast, casual, vegetarian food chain that continues to grow.  Clover was inspired by Ayr's desire to make lasting positive improvement on the environment.  Listen and learn how a purpose driven mission built an incredible business and life.

    • 37 min
    Regina Barzilay : “Oncology Meets AI - a Personal Journey”

    Regina Barzilay : “Oncology Meets AI - a Personal Journey”

    In this episode of MIT Talks, the highly celebrated professor Regina Barzilay discusses her inspiring personal journey that shaped her career. 
    Regina is a Delta Electronics professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in natural language processing, and applications of deep learning to chemistry and oncology. She is a recipient of various awards including the prestigious Macarther grant, also known as the “genius grant”

    • 38 min
    Andrew Lo: ”Finance doesn't always have to be a zero - sum game. We can all do well by doing good”

    Andrew Lo: ”Finance doesn't always have to be a zero - sum game. We can all do well by doing good”

    In this episode, Andrew Lo shares some insights from his journey with innovation. Through his work, Lo utilizes financial engineering to tackle some of the greatest challenges we are facing today such as Cancer, Climate Change, the Financial Markets, the Pandemic and its associated economic challenges and opportunities.
     Andrew W. Lo is the Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor, a Professor of Finance, and the Director of the Laboratory for Financial Engineering at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Gayatri Aryan ,

Very meaningful topics!

I’m an avid podcast listener during my morning walks. As an MIT alum, this podcast brings the institute as well as the widespread MIT community! Keep it going MIT Club of Boston!!

carenara ,

Love this podcast!!

Obsessed with this podcast! I listen to it driving to work!

Aradhna Rana ,

Great initiative by MIT Tata center

The episode brings our attention to some of the fundamental issues in areas of agriculture, health and clean water supply.. The efforts taken to solve these issues are applaudable.

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