Massachusetts Institute Of Technology
By Eddy Metcalf
September 4, 2011 - The Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) is proposing a $175,000 civil penalty against the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for alleged
violations of Department of Transportation Hazardous
The FAA alleges that MIT offered a fiberboard box
containing 33 electronic devices to FedEx for
transportation by air from Cambridge to Seattle on Aug.
Each electronic device consisted of a lithium battery
attached to a circuit board and tube-like container.
The package was discovered with smoke and flames coming from it while it was moving on a conveyor at the FedEx sorting facility in Medford, Mass. Two of the devices in the package heated and melted, which caused the surrounding cushioning and packaging to catch fire.
the package was not properly labeled and marked, Federal Express
employees did not know the shipment contained hazardous
material. They made several unsuccessful attempts to extinguish
the flames with a fire extinguisher.
Specifically, the batteries were not packaged in a manner that
would prevent a short-circuit that could create sparks or
generate a dangerous quantity of heat. MIT allegedly offered the
box when it was not packaged, marked, classed, described,
labeled or in condition for shipment as required by regulations.
The airbill accompanying the shipment specifically stated
the shipment did not contain dangerous goods.
addition, the FAA alleges MIT employees were not properly
trained and tested to handle hazardous material. MIT has 30 days
from receipt of the FAA?s enforcement letter to respond to the
Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization
of the United States, the institute adopted the European
polytechnic university model and emphasized laboratory
instruction from an early date. MIT's early emphasis on applied
technology at the undergraduate and graduate levels led to close
cooperation with industry, but curricular reforms under Karl
Compton and Vannevar Bush in the 1930s re-emphasized basic
Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, the institute adopted the European polytechnic university model and emphasized laboratory instruction from an early date. MIT's early emphasis on applied technology at the undergraduate and graduate levels led to close cooperation with industry, but curricular reforms under Karl Compton and Vannevar Bush in the 1930s re-emphasized basic scientific research.
MIT was elected to
the Association of American Universities in 1934. Researchers were
involved in efforts to develop computers, radar, and inertial guidance
in connection with defense research during World War II and the Cold
War. Post-war defense research contributed to the rapid expansion of the
faculty and campus under James Killian.
168-acre (68.0 ha) campus opened in 1916 and extends over 1 mile (1.6
km) along the northern bank of the Charles River basin. In the past 60
years, MIT's educational disciplines have expanded beyond the physical
sciences and engineering into fields such as biology, economics,
linguistics, political science, and management.
MIT enrolled 4,299 undergraduates and 6,267 graduate students for 2010?2011. It employs around 1,000 faculty members. 76 Nobel laureates, 50 National Medal of Science recipients, and 38 MacArthur Fellows are currently or have previously been affiliated with the university.
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