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Photo of Graduate student Theo Mouratidis; Photo: Paul Rivenberg

A graduate student who goes to extremes

Grad student Theo Mouratidis was profiled by MIT News, where he shared his path to MIT and described his research making fusion energy a viable source of plentiful carbon-free energy for coming generations. Supported by the MIT Energy Initiative as an MIT Energy Fellow, sponsored by Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), Mouratidis is focused on creating special magnets for a future fusion pilot plant called ARC.
Digital twins — computational models that evolve in sync with the real-world asset they mimic — could be created at scale, thanks to research by recent graduate Michael Kapteyn SM ’18, PhD ’21 and two other MIT alumni.

Creating “digital twins” at scale

Picture this: A delivery drone suffers some minor wing damage on its flight. Should it land immediately, carry on as usual, or reroute to a new destination? A digital twin, a computer model of the drone that has been flying the same route and now experiences the same damage in its virtual world, can help make the call. Digital twins are an important part of engineering, medicine, and urban planning, but in most of these cases each twin is a bespoke, custom implementation that only works with a specific application. Michael Kapteyn SM ’18, PhD ’21 has now developed a model that can enable the deployment of digital twins at scale — creating twins for a whole fleet of drones, for instance.