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  • C4FCMCenter for Future Civic Media
  • C.E.Civil Engineer (degree)
  • C.H.E.Chemical Engineer (degree)
  • C.S.E.Computer Science Engineer (degree)
  • CACertificate Authority
  • CAAComputer-Aided Automation
  • CAAFICommercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative
  • CAC (Campus Activities Complex)The Campus Activities Complex provides a range of facilities and services designed to support the educational mission of the institute and the out-of-classroom needs of the community. CAC services include facilities management, event planning and support, retail and contracted services.
  • CAC (Committee on Animal Care)MIT's Committee on Animal Care was established to ensure that all MIT, WIBR, and Broad Institute researchers working with animals or making funds available to support other researchers' work with animals comply with federal, state, local, and institutional regulations on animal care. To that end, the CAC inspects animals, animal facilities and laboratories, and reviews all research and teaching exercises which involve vertebrate animals or other tissues before activities are performed.
  • CAESCenter for Advanced Educational Services (formerly Center for Advanced Engineering Study)
  • CAMITChinese Alumni of MIT
  • CAMSCollaboration Accounts Management System of CAMS is a part of MIT's Touchstone single sign-on infrastructure. It is used to register and manage identities for users outside the MIT community who may need to access MIT services.
  • CANESCenter for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems
  • CAN-SPAMControlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act
  • CAOController's Accounting Office
  • CAPCommittee on Academic Performanc
  • CASCost Accounting Standards
  • CASECouncil for the Advancement and Support of Education (based in Washington, DC)
  • CASPARCambridge and Somerville Program for Alcoholism Rehabilitation
  • CAVSCenter for Advanced Visual Studies
  • CBACenter for Bits and Atoms
  • CBECenter for Biomedical Engineering
  • CBICenter for Biomedical Innovation
  • CBIPCenter for Biological Information Processing
  • CC at MITCatalyst Collaborative at MIT, a collaboration between MIT and the Underground Railway Theater
  • CCCOBCollege Career Centers of Boston
  • CCICenter for Collective Intelligence
  • CCISCenter for Intelligent Control Systems
  • CCNEsReplace this text with one or more definitions for this term. Remember to use a pair of {excerpt} tags to contain the text you want displayed on the glossary index pages.
  • CCOPCorporation Committee on the Presidency
  • CCPCommunication, Coordination, and Planning (Group)
  • CCRFormer acronym for the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research (KI) based on the name Center for Cancer Research
  • CCR (Committee on Corporate Relations)The mission of the Office of Corporate Relations (OCR) is to create and strengthen mutually beneficial relationships between MIT and corporations and other organizations, measured in part by maximizing the flow of corporate investments to support the basic mission of MIT.
  • CCREMSCenter for Computational Research in Economics and Management Science
  • CCS (Carbon Capture and Sequestration)The Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technologies Program at MIT conducts research into technologies to capture, utilize, and store CO2 from large stationary sources.
  • CCS (Center for Coordination Science)Founded in 1991, the MIT Center for Coordination Science studied how coordination occurs in a variety of different systems, including human organizations, markets, and computer networks. The Center's work emphasized how new information technologies are making it possible to organize businesses—and other organizations—in new ways. In order to place even more emphasis on these new possibilities, the Center was reorganized and renamed in July 2006 to be the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence.
  • CCSCCommunity Charter School of Cambridge
  • CDBCampus Dining Board
  • CDCCorporation Development Committee
  • CDDCity Design and Development (program in the Department of Architecture)
  • CDIOConceive, Design, Implement, Operate (interactive learning model in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics)
  • CDOComputation for Design and Optimization Program
  • CDPCell Decision Processes (MIT has a "Center of Excellence in CDP, with funding from NIH.)
  • CDSACommunity Development and Substance Abuse, Office of
  • CECICenter for Educational Computing Initiatives
  • CEE(Department of) Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE (Center for Excellence in Education)The Center for Excellence in Education nurtures careers of excellence and leadership in science and technology for academically talented high school and college students. It currently sponsors two programs for high school students: the Research Science Institute (RSI) and the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO).
  • CEESACivil & Environmental Engineering Student's Association
  • CEEWCyprus Institute Program for Energy, Environment and Water Resources (program in LFEE)
  • CEHSCenter for Environmental Health Sciences
  • CEICenter for Environmental Initiatives (See LFEE.)
  • cell (AFS)An AFS cell is an administrative unit, with its own set of credentials, organization policies, and filesystem layout. The is the largest and most well-known cell at MIT.
  • CENSAMCenter for Environmental Sensing and Modeling
  • CentrexCentral Exchange (main telephone system until October 1988)
  • CEPCommittee on Educational Policy. No longer in existence. It was split into the Faculty Policy Committee (FPC) and the Committee on the Undergraduate Program (CUP).
  • CERNEuropean Organization for Nuclear Research
  • CertificateAn electronic credential that allows access to secure web applications.
  • CESFCenter for Engineering Systems Fundamentals (in the Engineering Systems Division)
  • CETCouncil on Educational Technology
  • CETIChina Education and Technology Initiative
  • CEUECommission on Engineering Undergraduate Education
  • CFACommittee on Faculty Administration
  • CFA (Harvard)(Harvard-Smithsonian) Center for Astrophysics
  • CFPCommunications Futures Program
  • CFP (old)Community Fellows Program. Now called Center for Reflective Community Practice.
  • CFWCouncil on Family and Work
  • CGCompetency Group (former name of HR team in IS and IS&T)
  • CGSPCommittee on Graduate School Programs (formerly Policy)
  • CHARGENCharachter Generation protocol
  • ChemE(Department of) Chemical Engineering
  • Chocolate CityName used for the top three floors of New House 1
  • CHPChemical Hygiene Plan
  • CHP (Combined Heat and Power)Also known as Cogeneration, CHP is the use of a heat engine or a power station to simultaneously generate both electricity and useful heat.
  • CICComputationally Intensive Computing (team) in Information Systems and Technology
  • CIDMSCenter for Information-Driven Mechanical Systems
  • CI-HCommunication Intensive subject in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (undergraduate requirement)
  • CIICommunications Innovation Institute
  • CILCommittee on Industrial Liaison
  • CI-MCommunication Intensive subject in the Major (undergraduate requirement)
  • CIMITCenter for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology
  • CIPDCenter for Innovation in Product Development
  • CISCenter for International Studies
  • CISRCenter for Information Systems Research
  • CISTCenter for Infrastructure Science and Technology
  • CJACCorporation Joint Advisory Committee on Institute-wide Affairs
  • CLCCambridge Licensing Commission
  • CLICenter for Latin-American Logistics Innovation
  • CLMCenter for Learning and Memory
  • CLSSComputerized Literature Search Service (Libraries)
  • CMECambridge-MIT Exchange (Program)
  • CME-MSRIChicago Mercantile Exchange-Mathematical Sciences Research Initiative
  • CMICambridge-MIT Institute
  • C-MORECenter for Microbial Oceanography Research and Education
  • CMPCooperative Mobility Program
  • CMRAECenter for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology
  • CMSComparative Media Studies
  • CMSECenter for Materials Science and Engineering
  • COBECosmic Background Explorer (NASA's)
  • COBRAConsolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act
  • COCCommittee on Curricula
  • COCACommittee on Central America
  • CODCommittee on Discipline
  • CoeusMIT's electronic proposal and award system.
  • COFHEConsortium on Financing Higher Education
  • COGCommunications Operating Group
  • COGRCouncil on Governmental Relations
  • Cog ShopThe Humanoid Robotics Project
  • COHHCenter for Oceans and Human Health
  • COILCommunity Innovators Lab (formerly Center for Reflective Community Practice)
  • COLABCost of Living Advisory Board (formed by the Graduate Student Council)
  • Collaboration AccountA way to use Touchstone for people that do not have an MIT Kerberos account, nor an account with other members of the InCommon Federation
  • COMComputer Output Microfilm
  • ConcourseAn experimental first year program
  • Confluencea wiki web application created by Atlassian software.
  • ContainerA term used in the context of Microsoft Windows Domains and Group Policy. Containers hold groups of items to which policies and settings can be applied remotely.
  • COOPHarvard Cooperative Society (including the MIT branch known as Tech Coop)
  • COSOCommittee of Sponsoring Organizations (of the Treadway Commission). COSO is a voluntary private-sector organization whose purpose is improving the quality of financial reporting.
  • COSYSMOConstructive Systems Engineering Cost Model
  • COUHESCommittee on the Use of Humans as Experimental Subjects
  • CPCampus Police
  • CP (Chi Phi)One of the fraternities of MIT
  • CPACenter for Policy Alternatives
  • CPRLCeramics Processing Research Laboratory
  • CPSECouncil on Primary and Secondary Education
  • CPSRContractor Purchasing System Review (conducted by the federal government)
  • CPWCampus Preview Weekend
  • CQIContinuous Quality Improvement
  • CRCClinical Research Center
  • CRCPCenter for Reflective Community Practice (previous name of Community Innovators Lab)
  • CRDCommittee on Race and Diversity
  • CRECenter for Real Estate
  • CRICouncil on Resources for the Institute
  • CRNComputer Resource Network
  • CROComputer Resources Office (in the Department of Architecture)
  • CRSPCommittee for the Review of Space Planning
  • CRTMACharles River Transportation Management Association
  • CSACommittee on Student Affairs
  • CSABComputer Science Accreditation Board
  • CSAILComputer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
  • CSBiComputational and Systems Biology, a Ph.D. program at MIT
  • CSCChinese Students Club
  • CSDLCharles Stark Draper Laboratory
  • CSFCommunity Service Fund
  • CSHECenter for Studies in Higher Education
  • CSICenter for Sports Innovation (Now named Sports Innovation @ MIT)
  • CSOConference Services Office
  • CSPICommunity Solar Power Initiative
  • CSRCenter for Space Research. Now called MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics & Space Research (MKI)
  • CSSAChinese Students and Scholars Association
  • CSTFComputer Space Task Force
  • CSWGComputing Support Working Group
  • CTLCenter for Transportation and Logistics
  • CTPCenter for Theoretical Physics
  • CTSCenter for Transportation Studies (old name of the Center for Transportation and Logistics)
  • CTSSCompatible Time-Sharing System
  • CU(MIT Employees Federal) Credit Union
  • CUAFACommittee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid
  • CUPCentral Utilities Plant
  • CUP (Committee on the Undergraduate Program)The Committee on the Undergraduate Program exercises oversight for the undergraduate academic program including the first year, the General Institute Requirements, and other interdepartmental educational activities.
  • CUTCCouncil of University Transportation Centers
  • CVACommittee on the Visual Arts (old)
  • CWFPLCenter for Work, Family and Personal Life (now called the MIT Work-Life Center)
  • CWSPCollege Work-Study Program
  • CyborgPersonnel Database in Human Resources replaced by SAP 9/2003


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