The necstlab (pronounced next lab) research group explores new concepts in engineered materials and structures, and is directed by Prof. Wardle in the Dept. of Aeronautics & Astronautics at MIT. The group's mission is to lead the advancement and application of new knowledge at the forefront of materials and structures understanding, with research contributions in both science and engineering. Applications of interest include enhanced (aerospace) advanced composites, multifunctional attributes of structures such as damage sensing, and also microfabricated (MEMS) topics. A significant effort over the past decade has been to use nanoscale materials to enhance performance of advanced aerospace materials and their structures through the industry supported NECST Consortium.

necstlab Statement of Inclusion

necstlab, along with the greater MIT and AeroAstro communities, recognizes the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and firmly upholds these as three of our core values. We maintain that each community member should feel safe and supported both emotionally and physically. necstlab commits to being a welcoming and inclusive space for all members and identities. Only through a collective and proactive effort of all members’ involvement, no matter their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or nationality, can both our research and broader leadership goals be fully realized. Members of necstlab come from diverse experiences, countries, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds – we know this comes with uncountable benefits because Diversity is a strength. Our creative output benefits from Diversity, and our members' social scope and impact broadens through their interactions and shared experiences. 

Achieving our mission and educating the next generation to their full potential is only possible with a diverse community of researchers.Teaching future leaders with our core values in mind prepares them to lead and excel because Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion drive innovation and success. 

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