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  • D.P.H.Doctor of Public Health (degree)
  • DACCADistribution by ACCount, (a monthly consolidated salary expense report)
  • DAPERDepartment of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation
  • DARPA(Federal) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • Data ItemData Warehouse term: Component of a table catalog, also called a field.
  • Data WarehouseThe Data Warehouse is the Institute's reporting system. It provides the MIT community with integrated data from various administrative systems stored in one location.
  • DCAADefense Contract Audit Agency
  • DCADDepartmental Consulting and Application Development
  • DCEEDiscover Civil and Environmental Engineering (a pre-Orientation program)
  • DCMDivision of Comparative Medicine
  • DCMADefense Contract Management Agency
  • DCSPDirect Salary Charging Plan (used in the School of Engineering)
  • DCTIDeshpande Center for Technological Innovation
  • DDCDewey Decimal Catalogue (Libraries)
  • DDECDevelopment, Design, Engineering and Construction (in the Department of Facilities)
  • DebathenaThe latest version of the Athena operating environment, based on Ubuntu Linux. Also known as Debathena and Athena 10.
  • Delete (email)When you delete email it is not immediately erased from the mail server or your local computer. Instead, it is marked for removal. Email marked for removal that has not been purged can be recovered. Deleted email stored on the mail server continues to count towards your quota until you purge it.
  • DescriptionData Warehouse Explorer term: a lengthier explanation of the table or the field in a table. The table and field description contains information about the data in the table and field respectively.
  • DFSDistributed File System. The file system used by the WIN.MIT.EDU machines (WinAthena).
  • DGIDiabetes Genetics Initiative (partnership between Broad Institute, Harvard, Novartis, and Lund University)
  • DHDepartment Head
  • DHCPAn Internet protocol for automating the configuration of computers that use TCP/IP.
  • DICDivision of Industrial Cooperation (former name of the Industrial Liaison Program)
  • DIDDirect Inward Dial (DID) number. A DID is a telephone number that can be dialed from outside of MIT, is routed to MIT's telephone network by other carriers on whose network the number may be dialed, and is then connected to an MIT telephone by MIT's voice network. MIT pays for a pool of direct inward dial numbers from outside telecommunications providers.
  • DINDIDistribution by Individual (support staff payroll account sheets)
  • DIRTData Incident Response Team
  • DITDublin Institute of Technology
  • DKEDelta Kappa Epsilon
  • D-LabDevelopment Lab (Introduction to Development course in DUSP)
  • DLCDepartments, Labs, and Centers (DLCs) is used as a catch-all term to indicate an organizational unit at MIT
  • DLCsDepartments, Laboratories and Centers - used to refer to all academic and research areas; may be used to include central units.
  • DMADuPont MIT Alliance
  • DMCsDistributed Mail Centers
  • DMEDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
  • DMSEDepartment of Materials Science and Engineering
  • DNSAn Internet service that translates domain names into IP addresses.
  • DOD(Federal) Department of Defense
  • DOE (Department of Education )The Federal Department of Education's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
  • DOE (Department of Energy )Department of the United States government concerned with the United States' policies regarding energy and safety in handling nuclear material.
  • DOL(Federal) Department of Labor
  • DOMEDistributed Object-based Modeling Environment (for designing on the web)
  • DormConDormitory Council
  • DormLineDormitory telephone exchange
  • Double EElectrical Engineering
  • DraperCharles Stark Draper Lab, Inc.
  • DropboxDropbox is a cloud-storage service.
  • DSDepartmental Services (Information Systems & Technology)
  • DSADean for Student Affairs (old name)
  • DSLDean for Student Life
  • DSODisabilities Services Office
  • DSPDivision of Sponsored Programs (former name of the Office of Sponsored Programs)
  • DSpaceAn open-source institutional digital repository developed by the MIT Libraries and Hewlett-Packard Co. to capture, store, distribute and preserve the intellectual output of MIT's faculty and research staff
  • DSPGDigital Signal Processing Group (Prof. Alan Oppenheim's research group in the Research Laboratory of Electronics)
  • DSP LabDigital Signal Processing Laboratory
  • DSRDivision of Sponsored Research (former name for the Office of Sponsored Research)
  • DSREDivision for Study and Research in Education (old)
  • DTEDance Theater Ensemble
  • DUDelta Upsilon
  • DUEThe MIT Dean for Undergraduate Education and associated offices and business units
  • DUNSData Universal Numbering System (MIT's DUNS number, 00-142-5594, must be included on applications for federal grants and cooperative agreements.)
  • DuoA two-factor authentication system that leverages cellphones, landlines and smartphones as an "Approve" or "Deny" system to identify users.
  • DUSPDepartment of Urban Studies and Planning
  • DynaMITA real-time traffic management system used in the Intelligent Transportation Systems lab at MIT or a summer camp for low income kids held at MIT to ignite their interests in STEM careers


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