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Mars Science and Engineering
Cohosted by:
Mars University

Register by December 31, 2022
January 17 - 29, 2023

Mars Science and Engineering (MSE) is a 2-week synchronous in-person and online lecture series that explores the engineering, technologies, organisms, planetary science, and materials involved in sustaining a settlement on the Martian surface. Cohosted as a non-credit activity lecture series, MSE includes an intensive curriculum with intermediate-level lectures and topics about how in-situ resource utilisation (ISRU), settlement systems, 3D printing, materials science and engineering for extreme environments, manufacturing, agriculture, architecture, and more will support the development of a Mars settlement and help make life multiplanetary.


In-person & Online Hybrid

Estimated 30-40 hours

Free lectures for Certificate

Intermediate Level

Small class sizes, Labs

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Instructors and Speakers

Bruce Mackenzie, MIT '74

Cofounder, Mars University

Founder, Mars Foundation

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Kolemann Lutz

Cofounder, Mars University

Program Co-coordinator


Daniel Tompkins

Faculty for Agriculture, MarsU 

Founder, GrowMars




Contact Information

Kolemann Lutz
Program Co-coordinator,


Bruce Mackenzie

Program Co-Coordinator

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The Certificate course provides up to 20 hours per week of live synchronous instruction for a total of 30-40 hours. With special guest lecturers and instructors, the Course designed to fit the schedule of full-time students in between academic semesters. Open for students, faculty, staff, and the local community, the Program hosts classes and lectures in-person primarily in the afternoon EST and is accessible to enroll in online, allowing students to continue residing in their home communities and maintaining their full-time employment. The course is currently not for credit and attendance for most lectures is mandatory to receive the Mars Science & Engineering certificate.

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Modules, Workshops, and Team Projects

The Mars Science and Engineering Course hosts a series of lectures organized into Modules.
Students attending in-person and online participate in research, workshop, and team project that are focused on making and improving life to become multiplanetary. Students are immersed in Independent or Collaborative Team Projects in early January to design and/or build a system that holds potential to make life multiplanetary. To pass this Course and receive a Certificate, you are expected to present and project and submit a final Project Report (8-12-page Maximum).

Ways to Get Involved

Many opportunities are open for interested students, alumni, and the community to get more involved. We are looking to collaborate with Teaching Assistants, IT Assistants, Research/Graduate Assistants, and Interns in collaboration or on behalf of MarsU. We are interested in engaging in discussions with clubs and organisations about cohosting and/or sponsoring the Program and events online and in-person on MIT campus. If you or colleagues are interested in Lecturing, cohosting a workshop or lab, In-person and/or online in January 2022, contact Program Co-Coordinator at kole@mars.University.

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