Launched in October 2020, the MIT and Accenture Convergence Initiative for Industry and Technology’s integration of industry and technology is intended to show how the next wave of change and innovation is intensifying. The five-year initiative is designed to promote three main pillars: research, education and friendship. As part of the third pillar, the Exeter offers five friends to MIT graduates who are working on less-represented industry and technology linkages, including race, ethnicity and gender.
Recipients of the opening Actors Seekers program are working in a variety of fields, including electronics, textiles, machine learning, economics, and the supply chain. Their research has been instrumental in influencing innovation and technology in almost all industries — with innovative problem solving, accelerated new technologies, unique collaborations, and imaginative and bold thinking.
“Accentage is focused on how creativity and innovation can solve some of the world’s most complex problems. As we explored the integration of industry and technology, we turned to MT to extend our long-term partnership with in-depth education, research and fellowship in this article. “The accent partners’ awards highlight our strong commitment to education, innovation, research and achievement and to create opportunities to accelerate the success of these future change champions.”
The research being conducted by partners covers a number of important tasks, including: developing robotic therapy to improve balance in damaged subjects, increasing data availability in the gig economy, using machine learning to process local waste as an alternative energy source in low-income municipalities, Explore potential operational challenges and share information between supply chain partners, and design and implement electronic textile technology to lower Earth’s orbit to create opportunities for integration between the electronics, textile and space technology industries.
“These partners are a prime example of the amazing cross-disciplinary work that is being done in industry and technology,” said Anant Chandrakasan, dean of the NAT School of Engineering and Vanevar Bush, professor of electrical engineering and computer science. “We are very grateful to Accentor for its commitment to our students, and for their commitment to supporting and advancing student creativity and achievement in these partnerships.
Students from every department of engineering school as well as four other MIT schools and MIT Schwartzman Computer College students are invited as part of the application process. Five special students were selected as the first partners of the initiative:
Jacqueline Baidow is a PhD student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and explores material-related policy. In particular, the study focuses on local waste-to-energy (WTE) strategies to use and treat domestic waste as an alternative energy source. Its purpose is to use machine learning to reduce barriers to WTE practices in low-income municipalities with a tool that informs municipal decisions on waste management and the construction of WTE facilities. Baido holds a BS in Chemistry and BA from the University of Louisiana, and a BS in Chemistry and Georgia Tech in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
Julia and Criston are PhD students in the Media Laboratory. Her work in the Safe Environment Group focuses on bringing electronic textile technology to a lower orbit, creating a seamless integration between the electronics, textile and space technology industries. In particular, she is using vibratory piezoelectric fibers and charge-based conductive yarns into these special materials by actively adding large space fabrics to sensory function. Cherston holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and computer science from Harvard University.
Olumurejiwa Fatunde is a PhD student in the Center for Transport and Logistics. Her research examines potential barriers to extending credit and information to partners in the supply chain. With the expansion of fictional payment platforms, the use of cryptocurrency and natural language processing, Funde has the potential to drive connectivity in the financial services, telecommunications and other consumer industries. In particular, it is helping to create value for consumers and be part of the global economy by exploring how technologies fall into smaller, more informal organizations. Fatunde holds a degree in International Health Policy (MS) from Harvard University, a School of Biomedical Engineering (BA) and the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom.
Andre Mediros Suzutman is a PhD student in the Department of Economics. Utilizing the growing information available in the Gig economy, its work focuses on equipment development to combat bad choices in insurance markets. By creating tools that make better use of information – especially where it is needed – it is contributing to the connectivity of various industries – gig platforms, reporting agencies and the insurance business. Mediros Suzutman holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and MS from the Catholic University of Poncecia de Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
Kamimi Shiyozwa ’19 is a master’s student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, exploring how the challenge of improving balance in damaged subjects can be solved with robotic therapy. In her experience of designing human subject experiments, implementing machine learning and math simulations, and designing complex strategies for robots and medical devices, Shiyoza wants to develop a flexible mandatory shaft and a new protocol that promotes unsupported balance. Support level as user performance improves. Shiozawa received his MIS in Mechanical Engineering.