About the Lab

The Interactive Materials Education Laboratory (IMEL) is a research group in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. We work on projects at the intersection of technology, education, design, and public engagement. We strive to make science and engineering tangible for everyone.


CodeSeal Programming Education and Research Platform

  • W. Craig Carter
  • Kyle Keane

Interactive video display for kinetic public engagement

  • Mark Vrablic

Exploring structural coloration: computational modeling and fabrication

  • Emma Vargo

Scalable hacking apprenticeships

  • Abhinav Gandhi


3.016 - Computational Methods for Materials Science

  • 12-unit semester-long course in DMSE
  • Simulation, analysis, mathematical modeling, visualization, narrative construction

3.A01 - Mens et Manus: Freshmen Advising Seminar

Fundamentals of Scientific Programming in Mathematica

  • not-for-credit semester-long seminar to support 3.012, 8.01, and 8.02
  • Symbolic algebra, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and visualization

Workshops and Short Courses

Arduino Crash Course

  • 4 four crash course + 4 hour mini-makerspace
  • IAP session sponsored by SUTD-MIT Collaboration

Arduino Microcontrollers for Creative Exploration

Creating Educational Games for Public Engagement

Computational Masterclasses

  • July 2016: Hermes summer school
  • July 2016: Imperial college
  • July 2016: EPFL summer school



W. Craig Carter

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Professor Carter is recognized as one of DMSE's most innovative instructors. He is a MacVicar Fellow and has received the MIT School of Engineering Bose Teaching Award. His use of Mathematica in the classroom was honored with a Wolfram Innovator Award.

Kyle Keane

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Dr. Keane is a Lecturer in DMSE. He is co-teaching 3.016: Computational Methods for Materials Scientists and Engineers and 6.811/2.78/HST.420: Principles and Practice of Assistive Technology (PPAT). Kyle is serving as advisor for the ATHack Team at MIT. Before coming to MIT, Kyle worked as a research programmer building educational software at Wolfram Research and improving the accessibility of educational software for people with disabilities.

Andrew Ringler

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Andrew Ringler is a creative technologist and educator. His work focuses on tangible interfaces that facilitate creation, collaboration, learning, challenge and flow. He builds interactive public installations that allow participants to create their own novel visual and auditory experiences. He challenges participants to invest time and effort learning new systems collaboratively, and through that investment receive the pride of achievement and the joy of connecting with others. He holds an MFA in Design from the Dynamic Media Institute of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a BS in Computer Science from McGill University.


George Varnavides

Emma Vargo

Mark Vrablic

Visiting Students

Abhinav Gandhi


You can email us at IMEL {-a-t-} mit.edu