Subject development and teaching

Geotechnical engineering

Prof. Einstein has developed and now teaches the graduate subjects in Engineering Geology, Rock Mechanics, and Undergraduate Construction. The current academic schedule is published in the M.I.T. course catalog.

Course descriptions:

1.38 Engineering Geology
1.381 Rock Mechanics
1.383 Underground Construction

Development and teaching:


See also Development of Educational Technology for IT learning tools used in the geotechnical subjects.

Civil engineering design

In the context of the new design-oriented civil engineering curriculum (presented in Overarching Activities on Education), Prof. Einstein co-developed and co-taught 1.012 Introduction to Civil Engineering Design, and 1.013 Senior Civil and Environmental Engineering Design. 1.012 was later replaced by the design sequence 1.101 and 1.102, Introduction to Civil and Environmental Design I and II, respectively. The Department currently offers 1.101, 1.102, and 1.013, which are taught and further developed by their respective instructors.

Development and teaching:


For a summary of the related research and publications see Design-Based Undergraduate Curriculum.

Climate change

In collaboration with Dr. Ari Epstein of Terrascope, in 2016/2017 Prof. Einstein developed the new introductory design subject 1.S979 Infrastructure Design for Climate Change. Einstein and Epstein co-taught the new subject during the MIT Independent Activities Period (IAP) in 2017 as part of the Climate IAP course series. 1.S979 is a team-oriented project-based class that takes on the problem of sea level rise, specifically in Cambridge, Boston, and Singapore, and relevant to other large coastal cities. Funding for course development was provided by the Singapore Institute of Technology and Design (SUTD) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The new subject has attracted MIT and SUTD students due to the pertinence of the topic, as well as through the use of innovative concepts in learning design, such as “design for failure” and “adaptive design”.