Guidelines

As an Edgerton-supported club or team, you have access to a wide range of resources. To ensure that all clubs and teams can make full use of these, we ask that you use them responsibly and follow guidelines.

Funding, purchases, tax-exempt status

Applying for funding through the Edgerton Center

All teams are encouraged to seek outside sponsorship as well as support from individual MIT departments. Teams are eligible to receive funding through the Edgerton Center. A detailed budget including your anticipated expenses for the coming year, other income sources, and a short presentation on the team’s intentions and accomplishments is required. On occasion, you may be asked to submit a summary of the year’s activities, which we will include in our report to the foundation.

Using an MIT Procurement Card

Edgerton Center–sponsored teams are eligible to have an MIT Procurement Card issued to up to two team members. They must be responsible individuals and be willing to do most of the purchasing for the team. The sharing of this credit card is strictly prohibited. Having a student credit card is not only a convenience but a privilege, and should be treated as such.

In order to ensure this privilege continues, the following rule must be observed: original receipts for purchases made with your MIT credit card must be submitted to Sandi Lipnoski within one week of making the purchase. If you wish, receipts may be submitted electronically to Sandi Lipnoski (slipnosk@mit.edu) or by mail to room 4-408.

Be sure to include your team name on each receipt, so they may be charged to the proper cost center. Follow the Procurement Card user’s guide when making Visa purchases:

  • No radioactive substances, controlled drugs, firearms, or ammunition
  • No software (except standard shrink-wrap software)
  • No furniture
  • No entertainment expenses
  • No chemicals in quantities larger than four-liter sizes
  • No flowers, plants, or gifts
  • No equipment purchases, rentals, or leases
  • No alcohol
  • No personal items
  • No travel expenses of any kind. This includes rental cars, hotels, food, and gasoline when traveling out of the Cambridge area. The card can be used for gas within the state of Massachusetts.

Failure to comply may result in the removal of MIT Procurement Card privileges.

Food purchases

In general, student-club accounts should not be used for food purchases—we would rather see our limited resources going to support more teams and projects instead of buying pizza for existing teams. There are exceptions, including:
  • Major recruiting events and annual elections meetings (where food may encourage voter turnout)
  • Occasional intensive work days (e.g., a large fraction of the team comes into the lab for eight hours on a Saturday to work on the project)
  • A few events (one–three) each year aimed at supporting team spirit

When making a food purchase, the receipt must be accompanied with a slip of paper giving the following information:

  • Date of event
  • Food vendor
  • Reason for event
  • Number of people and their names

The purchase of alcohol will not be reimbursed.

Getting sales tax waived

MIT will not reimburse for sales taxes. Visit MIT Sourcing and Procurement to download the tax-exemption form to present to vendors so they can waive the sales tax.
Travel policies

The Edgerton Center will help you plan for trips to competitions and events. The advantages of using this resource are plentiful, but you must directly charge airline tickets to an MIT Travel Card, so your personal credit card is not involved. Keep in mind, if you make airline reservations and charge your credit card for several members of a student club or team, you are taking a risk. Rarely does MIT Travel issue a reimbursement for airline tickets not used. If you pay for someone’s airline ticket with a personal credit card, and that person does not travel, you are taking the risk of being stuck with a large credit card charge and little chance of getting it back. If everyone is responsible for their own travel expenses, the chances of them not attending are lower. 

MIT has travel agencies set up specifically to assist in student and staff travel. When making travel reservations through one of these travel agencies, please be sure to use an MIT Travel Card. The reservation will be charged directly to that card, and settled at the end of the trip. These travel agencies have agreements with several airlines for flight discounts. If you plan ahead and do not wait until the last minute, it will be beneficial. 

Before travel is approved by the Edgerton Center, risk-acknowledgement forms, emergency contact Information, and a copy of the traveler’s passport (if international travel) must be on file. Please contact Sandi Lipnoski (slipnosk@mit.edu) for an electronic file of these forms. A travel-expense voucher must be completed in Concur at the end of each trip, regardless of whether MIT paid for your airline tickets or you paid for them yourself. Please bring your boarding passes and complete itinerary showing class of ticket, cost of ticket, and travel details to Sandi within one week of travel. No travel expenses will be reimbursed without this itinerary information. While at an Edgerton-sponsored event, if the team has the resources, it may choose to cover some of the costs team members incur on the trip. However, individual team members will be expected to cover certain expenses on their own.

Allowable expenses while traveling

Expenses allowed while traveling:

  • Event registration fees
  • Hotel
  • Airfare
  • Rental car and gasoline
  • Mileage on your personal vehicle × 0.50
  • Ground transportation (e.g., taxi, bus)
  • A team meal, or up to $200 in groceries per week

Expenses not allowed while traveling:

  • Personal items and expenses
  • Individual daily food expenses
  • Entertainment (movies, health clubs, etc.)  

If you have any questions about what you are covered for by MIT Insurance, contact:

MIT Insurance
Regina Dugan
Insurance Manager
617.253.2823
dugan@mit.edu

Contact information while traveling

Please be sure to have our contact information with you, and to give it to your family and to others who may have concerns or questions. Also, be sure to use us as points of contact if your plans and arrangements change, so others will be able to contact us to find out about those changes.

Your primary contact while on club or team travel is:

Sandi Lipnoski, Administrative Officer, Edgerton Center
77 Massachusetts Avenue 4-408
Cambridge, MA 02139
617.253.4629
slipnosk@mit.edu

If there is an emergency and Sandi is not available, contact the dean on call through Campus Police at 617.253.1212.

Medical insurance while traveling

MIT students are covered by the MIT International SOS (iSOS) program. Note that this program will only cover expenses that have been agreed upon with the insurer before treatment is given. To get authorization for expenses, call your closest calling station:

Philadelphia +1.215.942.8226
London +44.20.8762.8008
Singapore +65.6338.7800

You may also be covered by your medical insurer for emergency medical treatment while outside the U.S.

It is your responsibility to check the provisions of the iSOS program and your personal medical-insurance policy and determine if they are adequate for your project location and activities. If you think you need more insurance, it is your personal and financial responsibility to purchase it. STA in the Student Center is one source of travel insurance.

Note that MIT insurance does not cover you for items such as lost and stolen luggage.

Using Zipcar

The Edgerton Center's account with Zipcar enables students to use a zipcar for team-related activities. There are 13 Zipcars on campus. Ending-time and excess-mileage charges, parking tickets, and any other violations are the direct responsibility of the driver.  MIT will not pay these fines. To use the Zipcar, contact Sandi Lipnsoki (slipnosk@mit.edu).  
Forms to download

Int'l/domestic travel waivers, emergency concact information, risk acknowledgement, and shop release

Sponsor policies

Sponsorship rules, agreements, and use of MIT name

Working with sponsors and raising funds for your team can help your team realize its goals. Edgerton Center staff can assist you in these efforts so feel free to reach out to Peggy Eysenbach, Development Officer, for assistance with fundraising. For assistance with sponsors, agreements, and the use of the MIT name, please reach out to Camilla Brinkman

All teams must follow MIT's sponsorship rules, and use the approved MIT sponsorship agreement downloadable (in PDF or Word format) here:  PDF icon Activities Sponsor Agreement Template.pdf  File Activities Sponsor Agreement Template.docx Once the agreement is filled out, and if no changes are made to the standard template, email the document, signed by the sponsor, to Camilla Brinkman. She will submit it to the Office of General Counsel for signature. Please note that one should allow for at least one week turnaround for signature. If the standard text in the template is changed, the Office of General Counsel will need to approve before signature by the sponsor. Please email the edited agreement, unsigned by the sponsor, to Camilla Brinkman. Note that one should allow for at least one week turnaround for signature. 

In the works is a short-form sponsorship agreement. We will post it once approved. 

When working with sponsors there are many things to remember:  

  • Sponsor may not make any press or media announcements concerning this Agreement, or use MIT’s names, trademarks, logos, or insignia, or any version, abbreviation or representation of them, or the name of any of MIT’s trustees, officers, faculty members, students, employees, or agents, in any advertising, publicity, promotional materials or other public announcement without the prior written consent of MIT’s Technology Licensing Office, which consent MIT may withhold in its sole discretion.   

  • More information on use of MIT name can be found online on the Technology Licensing Office website.

  • Note that there is no distinction between gifts of equipment/software discounts on equipment, etc. and money and all of the same sponsorship rules apply regarding the use of MIT name. 

  • Sponsorships are not tax deductible, and cannot be submitted through MIT's online giving site. 

  • Once the agreement is signed by both parties: the sponsor and MIT's General Counsel, sponsors can send a check made payable to Mass. Institute of Technology, MIT Edgerton Center, c/o Sandi Lipnoski, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Room 4-408, Cambridge, MA  02139 for deposit, noting on the check the team name and the team account number. Alternatively, the sponsor can wire the funds through the bank. Please email either Sandi Lipnoski or Camilla Brinkman for details on where to send the wire transfer. 

  • Note that MIT does not allow sponsors to film on campus or to use the MIT name in any marketing, advertising or promotion of the company. 

Any questions or concerns, please contact Camilla Brinkman or Sandi Lipnoski

Graphic identity and communications

Sponsors' logos and the Edgerton Center logo

Displaying your sponsors' logos is one way of thanking them. Please also include the Edgerton Center logo on your Web site. The Edgerton Center appreciates the acknowledgment and it helps us raise awareness of the Edgerton Center, potentially resulting in increased funding for all the teams. Graphic identity and downloadable logos for web and print can be found in the Media Resources section.

Website access

The Edgerton Center web site features a short description of each team. If a team member would like to administer their team's page, contact camillab@mit.edu for web access.

AV equipment

The Edgerton Center owns the following equipment, which is available for club or team use:

Digital camcorder

LCD projector

High-speed video cameras

Voice recorder

This equipment is stored at the Edgerton Center and may be signed out for a club or team's use in the book in 4-408. Arrangements must be made for pickup and return of these items. If they are to be kept overnight, they must be stored in a locked office on campus.

Workspaces

Area 51 Machine Shop aka N51

The Edgerton Center has shop space in N51. This space is designated strictly for teams working on their projects. There are many teams that share these spaces, so it is imperative that the teams respect each other’s property and keep the space in a clean, usable state. There are a variety of shop tools that may be used; however, their use is restricted to students who have gone through the Edgerton Student Shop safety class. Keep in mind there is almost always a very long wait, so get your name in as soon as you know you will be working with a club or team.

Edgerton Student Shop

The Edgerton Student Shop is located in Building 44 and is managed by Mark Belanger. It is equipped with lathes, milling machines (CNC and standard), drill presses, band saws, and an extensive array of hand tools.  In order to use the shop, you must take the training class, or if you have significant machine-shop experience, you can attend a brief safety class. You may contact Mark by email (mdbelang@mit.edu) to sign up for a shop class or a safety lecture. Occasionally, special training sessions are given for members of a club or team, but you may have to be patient until such a session can be scheduled.

Edgerton Center Student Project Laboratory

The Student Project Laboratory is located in room 4-409 and is a place for MIT students to pursue hands-on projects. It is primarily geared towards electronics projects, and includes tools and materials for soldering and for breadboarding electrical circuits. The following items are readily available:

  • Electronic test equipment (oscilloscopes, power supplies, digital multimeters, function generators)
  • Small hand tools for electronics (e.g., wire strippers, diagonal cutters) and light mechanical projects
  • An Athena workstation
  • PIC programmers and PCs for programming PIC microcontrollers

To learn more, contact Diane Brancazio (dianeb@mit.edu) or Jim Bales (bales@mit.edu).