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  • A.E.Aeronautical Engineer (degree)
  • A&MTArts and Media Technology
  • AAAeronautics and Astronautics, Department of
  • AA (Affirmative Action)Positive steps taken to increase the representation of women and minorities in areas of employment, education, and business from which they have been historically excluded.
  • AA (Association of Alumni and Alumnae of MIT )An Alumni Association that provides services and resources that strengthen alumnis' ties to MIT and each other.
  • AA (Athletic Association)Department of athletics at MIT. Its goal is to bring together students, faculty, and staff in educational activities that promote healthy lifestyles, enhance a sense of community, foster growth in leadership and teamwork skills, and encourage the pursuit of excellence.
  • AAAS (American Academy of Arts and Sciences)An independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems.
  • AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science)An international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson, and professional association.
  • AAC IIAdministrative Advisory Council
  • AACRAmerican Association for Cancer Research
  • AACSBAssociation to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • AACUAssociation of American Colleges and Universities
  • AAMAmerican Association of Museums
  • AAMITArab Alumni of MIT
  • AAPAffirmative Action Plan
  • AASAmerican Astronomical Society
  • AAUAssociation of American Universities
  • AAUIApple's Auxilary Unit Interface
  • ABDArtists Beyond the Desk (formerly Artists Behind the Desk)
  • ABETAccreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • ABSApplied Biological Sciences (no longer a department)
  • ACAcademic Council
  • ACATAdministrative Computing Advocacy Team (part of Administrative Computing)
  • access keya method by which web page authors can embed keyboard shortcuts to specific elements on their page that users can jump to using the access key and shortcut combination from their keyboard...
  • ACCESS MITAn information product of the Industrial Liaison Program.
  • Access Point (AP)A hardware device or a computer's software that acts as a communication hub for users of a wireless device to connect to a wired LAN. APs are important for providing heightened wireless security and for extending the physical range of service to which a wireless user has access.
  • ACCORDAcademic Computing Coordinating Group
  • ACDLAerospace Computational Design Lab
  • ACEAmerican Council on Education
  • ACHAutomated Clearing House
  • ACMAssociation for Computing Machinery
  • ACS (American Cancer Society)The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
  • ACS (American Chemical Society)The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization and is the world's largest scientific society. It publishes numerous scientific journals and databases, convenes major research conferences and provides educational, science policy and career programs in chemistry.
  • ACSAAssociation of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
  • ACSPAssociation of Collegiate Schools of Planning
  • ACSRAdvisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility
  • ACSTAcademic Computing Support Team
  • Active Directory (AD)a directory and authentication service created by Microsoft and used by many applications and services for user lookup and authentication
  • ADAAmericans with Disabilities Act
  • ADONISThe name of the gifts database
  • ADPAdministrative Development Program (old)
  • ADP (Airline Data Project)The Airline Data Project was established by the MIT Global Airline Industry Program to better understand the opportunities, risks and challenges facing the airline industry. The ADP presents the most important airline industry data in one location in an easy-to-understand, user-friendly format.
  • ADP (Alpha Delta Phi )One of the many fraternities of MIT.
  • ADSCMDAssociate Dean for Student Conflict Management and Discipline
  • AEPhiAlpha Epsilon Phi
  • AEPiAlpha Epsilon Pi
  • Aero AstroMIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • AFMITAdoptive Families at MIT
  • AFROTCAir Force Reserve Officers Training Corps
  • AGREAAnalysis Group for Regional Electricity Alternatives (in MIT's Laboratory for Energy and the Environment)
  • AGSAlliance for Global Sustainability
  • AGUAmerican Geophysical Union
  • AIAAmerican Institute of Architects
  • AIAAAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • AIDAssociation for India's Development-MIT
  • AI LabArtificial Intelligence Laboratory
  • AIMNot an acronym. It's a group of senior administrators in central administrative departments who meet informally for mutual edification, group problem solving, and to serve as a link between their peer group and the Administrative Advisory Council II.
  • AIPAmerican Institute of Physics
  • AISESAmerican Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • AITIAfrican Internet Technology Initiative
  • AJASAmerican Junior Academy of Science
  • AKAAlpha Kappa Alpha
  • ALCAlumni Leadership Conference
  • AMITAAssociation of MIT Alumnae
  • AMPSAcademic Media Production Services
  • AMSLActive Materials and Structures Laboratory
  • AMTAnonymous Medical Transport
  • ANMIAmsterdam New Media Institute
  • ANSAlumni Network Services
  • AOAdministrative Officer
  • AO QueryAn email list of administrators, maintained by the Administrative Advisory Council II (AAC II)
  • APAccounts Payable
  • APDAAmerican Parliamentary Debate Association
  • APhiAlpha Phi
  • APLAffiliates Program in Logistics
  • APMTAviation Portfolio Management Tool (in PARTNER)
  • APOAlpha Phi Omega
  • ApplicationSoftware running on a server that is remotely accessible, including mobile applications.
  • APRAssociation of Puerto Rican Students
  • APTAutomatically Programmed Tools
  • ARAMIT food services vendor, ARAMARK
  • ARCAcademic, Research, and Careers (committee) of the Graduate Student Council
  • ARCADEAssisting Recurring Cultural and Diversity Events
  • ARCTANAmerican Red Cross Team and Network
  • ARMITAIDS Response at MIT (student group)
  • ASAerospace Studies (subject designation)
  • ASA (Acoustical Society of America)The Acoustical Society of America is the premier international scientific society in acoustics, dedicated to increasing and diffusing the knowledge of acoustics and its practical applications.
  • ASA (African Students Association)An organization that promotes African culture on the MIT campus by hosting events and providing a setting for all those interested in African culture to meet and engage in discussion.
  • ASA (Association of Student Activities)The Association of Student Activities is a joint committee of both the Undergraduate Association (UA) and the Graduate Student Council (GSC). Its main responsibility is to oversee student group activity and is the governing body of student groups on the MIT campus.
  • ASAPAfter School Astronomy Project
  • ASCArchitecture Student Council
  • ASCBAmerican Society For Cell Biology
  • ASCIAmerican Society for Clinical Investigation
  • ASCIIAmerican Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) in computer science is a standard way of encoding what is commonly referred to as "plain text".
  • ASEANAssociation of South-East Asian Nations
  • ASLAmerican Sign Language
  • ASMEAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • ASPCCAdministrative Systems and Policies Coordinating Council
  • ASPENAutomated Speech Exchange Network
  • ASRLAeroelastic and Structures Research Laboratory
  • ASTRAAlliance for Science and Technology Research in America
  • AthenaMIT's academic computing system.
  • ATICAdaptive Technology for Information and Computing (Lab)
  • ATLAutomated Tape Libraries
  • AtlasAtlas is a single online gateway for administrative systems at MIT.
  • ATOAlpha Tau Omega
  • ATPAdvanced Technology Program
  • AuthenticationThe process of determining whether someone or something is, in fact, who or what it is declared to be.
  • AUTMAssociation of University Technology Managers
  • Auto-Respondera retired service which sends an automatic reply to senders while the intended recipient of a message is away from her office and email.
  • AUVAutonomous Underwater Vehicle
  • AVAudio-Visual (Services)
  • AV LabAcoustics and Vibrations Laboratory
  • AVUAfrican Virtual University
  • AWISAssociation for Women in Science
  • AWMAssociation for Women in Mathematics
  • AWSAssociation of Women Students
  • AXOAlpha Chi Omega


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