MIT student Grace Young attended the a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Conference. Young, who majors in mechanical and ocean engineering, authored an article about the conference in Tech, an MIT newspaper.
Young’s recap is informative and insightful. She doesn’t mince words when it comes to the issue of disciplinary stereotypes and the need to overcome them: “The problem is that people often envision engineers as Iron Man-like figures, i.e., geniuses working in isolation. The reality is, however, that the best results require teamwork, and — as a2ru stressed — it is researchers’ responsibility to go out of their way, even out of their comfort zone, to collaborate.
Photograph above the post by Sam Magee (MIT). From left to right, MIT Media Lab student Sheng-Ying Pao, MIT Director of Arts Initiatives Leila Kinney, and MIT undergraduates Grace Young and Bruno Tambasco, brainstorming at the a2ru conference.
Photograph on the left by Yuto Watanabe (Stanford)