About the Edgerton Center
  • Milk Drop Coronet, 1957   Dye transfer photograph by Dr. Harold Edgerton © 2010
    Milk Drop Coronet, 1957 Dye transfer photograph by Dr. Harold Edgerton © 2010

About the Edgerton Center

Harold “Doc” Edgerton’s spirit of discovery lives on at the Edgerton Center where we give students the opportunity to learn by doing.

Founded in 1992 to honor the legacy of Harold (Doc) Edgerton — inventor, entrepreneur, explorer and MIT professor  — the Edgerton Center offers subjects in engineering and imaging, supports student clubs and teams; manages student machine shops, upholds MIT’s expertise in high-speed and scientific imaging; and offers a year-round K-12 program.

Whether students use our machine tools to fabricate components for a research project, use our water-jet cutter to fabricate a brake rotor, use our high-speed-imaging equipment to measure the motion of a butterfly wing, or use our curriculum to explain electricity to a fourth-grader, we cultivate an overarching ethos (like our tagline) of building, learning, and sharing.