It's been five months, and MITERS' facebook page lies latent. This is more than just another good cause. This is an Engineer's cause. This is a human cause. This is a MITERS alum, halfway around the globe, calling for backup!

VIT girls could really use some MIT power. I know it may sound absurd, but at this moment in history, a few MIT students can make a HUGE difference simply by sharing this on their fb timelines.

Nancy, Jordan, Emily.....MITERS..... help.


Stop Gender Discrimination In VIT
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A WOMAN AT VIT UNIVERSITY – GENDER DISCRIMINATION CONTINUES! I am a woman studying at VIT University. Since I was born with a vagina instead of a penis, I must be subjected to humiliating discrimination at the hands of India’s ” best” private engineering institution. I am being jailed inside the campus during exams. I can’t even go across the street to buy fruits. There are no such trumped up rules for guys. They are treated like adults. But women are treated like scummy dim-witted fools who can’t be trusted. I am not a girl, but a woman. The reason they have bothered to give us is that it is exams and we should be studying. Why is it only the girls who need to be studying? Why aren’t guys being confined inside the campus too if the actual reason is studying. Are girls just plain dumb. I score more than most guys in my class. But no, it is me who needs to be jailed so that I can study. I am not a girl, but a woman. Most of the drug and alcohol problems in the campus are because of the guys, but it is only the girls who are subjected to humiliating rules. Why? Isn’t it because they know that they can’t control guys like they can control girls? Isn’t it because girls are more mellow and willing to listen? Yes, we are indeed being rewarded for being good. I am not a girl, but a woman. Don’t they realize that women will one day overcome the fear which rules this place and speak out for themselves. Even Hitler’s dictatorship was challenged by those who he ruled. And they had to pay a much higher price than suspension or expulsion from University. Understand this now, and understand it well. My honor and modesty is none of anybody’s damned business. I am not a girl, but a woman. We were promised in January that our voices will be heard. They promised they won’t do this again. And yet here we are, back to square one. Should we still have faith in what they promise us? Increasing the weekend curfew time from six to eight is not enough to buy our souls and freedom. I risk a lot when I try to speak against this. But it is unbearable. My blood boils when I see my fellow students being subjected to this kind of discrimination. And they are being forced to keep quiet because, hey, they can expel us and ruin our careers if we don’t act like cattle and speak up for ourselves. Self Respect is too great a price to pay for a career. I am not a girl, but a woman. I request anyone who believes in gender equality to share this article and spread awareness. People need to learn to stand up for what they believe in. We are not girls, but women.

MITERS: A shop divided

Where do you stand?


human seg-testing

A recent study performed at the MIT Electronics Research Society revealed that computer control is indeed nonessential to balancing or “segging” on a two wheeled platform.


Photodump, March 2013

a photodump of happenings at MITERS lately

we cleaned.

a lot. (you can’t tell really tell it now. people, clean up after yourselves!)

we even threw stuff away!

we fixed the “MIT Sloan School phone” that people can use to call MITERS to be let in after daylight hours

(well, as of 1 april 2013 it broke again and is super quiet… if you amplify it up to be audible you also get a lot of buzzing noise. to be fixed)

Mars built new ventilation for our welding area

also there was yurt building

it disassembles into something amazingly small and portable

that’s all. oh, by the way, the future is going to be awesome.



I Saw You MIT | East Campus
A forum for posting and browsing missed connections at MIT.

Slow-motion jello

Some Friday night high-speed photography fun.


Hi everyone,

Introducing my first DRSSTC. It’s a small tesla coil made to be portable and to make lightning at home. This coil is based of the amazing oneTesla pcb. I’m still in the process of doing a detailed write up at http://www.loneoceans.com/labs/drsstc1/!

As a learning experience, I wanted to go for something simple and nothing too fancy. I’ve had the fortune of being in the good company of other brilliant coilers (like Bayley, Tyler, Kramnik), and managed to get an older version of the oneTesla driver PCB, which runs this coil! I faced a couple of problems over the past few weeks but I’ve modified some parts and managed to get the coil working very well! See the video of it in action here:

Important specifications including calcs from JavaTC:

  • Max spark length – I don’t know yet, does >22″ sparks to free air and ground with ~100us on-time. More testing to come soon. Right now it’s limited by hitting the floor.
  • 222kHz resonant frequency (within 1%)
  • 2.4″ Diameter PVC Secondary, ~2000 turns of AWG36 for a 10.25″ length
  • 3.5″ Diameter Acrylic Primary, 6 turns of AWG 14 for about 0.8″ length
  • Single 0.101uF 2kVDC 942C CDE Primary Capacitor
  • 340VDC (120VAC rectified and doubled)
  • Roughly 100us on-time (in the photos here)
  • 2.2″ x 8″ AmazingOne spun toroid
  • Half Bridge of 60N65 IGBTs (seems to be similar to the 60N60 TO247 IGBTs)
  • Coupling = 0.22
  • Energy Transfer time = 9.87us

Performance has been pretty good. Originally, the coil used a 0.068uF 940C capacitor but that made my primary frequency about 19% too high and I lost a 60N60 half bridge. Increasing the primary to 8 turns of 14AWG (k=0.26) turned out to be a bad idea and I had a lot of racing sparks. After a few more coats of Polyurethane on the secondary, a return to 6 turns of AWG14 and a larger tank cap, the coil is in tune with a performance I’m very happy with.

This coil currently has a tiny built-in 19VDC laptop power supply for the electronics which uses the famed UCCs from TI as gate drivers to a GDT driving the gates of the IGBTs. Here’s a pretty photo of the ground ‘lighting’ strikes of the tesla coil:

Best Wishes!

 -  Guangyan
    23 Feb 2013


Harlem Shake, Tesla coil edition

Harlem Shake + Tesla coils at MITERS! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMQltc7uIKI

Harlem Shake [Tesla coil edition] @MITERS

Do the Harlem Shake! http://miters.mit.edu/
Nippon TV rides chibikart!

Japanese TV Visits MITERS!