adam j hartz

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


MIT Building 38-591
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 324-4391 (PGP Public Key) or http://jdvnmytn7j73mydqy5rkdh2gcpkxdi2ke2ettlii34qclgcdbez77jyd.onion


i am a lecturer in the department of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. my main interests lie in teaching engineering and computer programming, with an emphasis on problem solving and engineering design; in improving the way we teach these subjects; and in developing new means of leveraging modern technologies to improve face-time with students.

most of my work within the department has been with the development and instruction of 6.01 (an introduction to engineering from the perspective of EE and CS, with applications in robotics). in recent years, i have also been involved with development and instruction of 6.009 (fundamentals of programming) and with a redesign of 6.003 (signal processing). i also developed 6.145, an introductory programming course that typically runs over IAP.

outside of classes i teach, my most visible work is with CAT-SOOP, a programmable learning management system used in several subjects within course 6.

i am also an academic advisor for course 6 students, and i occasionally supervise m.eng or urop projects, typically related to education and/or educational technologies.


near future:

my summer and fall 2019 plans are still up in the air.




current m.eng students: former m.eng students: if you are a current student looking for a UROP or an M.Eng in the areas of education and/or educational technologies, feel free to reach out!


the following are a couple of software-related projects i have worked on (at least the ones that someone else might find useful):

some of these projects are hosted on a Gitea instance on


i grew up in rural Illinois (in the country near Princeton). my parents are both retired math teachers, and they currently own Anne's Antiques. my elder brother also teaches math, at Hononegah High School in Rockton, IL.
i graduated from MIT with a in computer science and engineering in 2011, and with an m.eng in electrical engineering and computer science in 2012.
i now live in Lexington, MA with my trusty feline companion Stronger, whom i adopted from the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society in 2009. i keep myself occupied in my free time by playing and writing music, programming, reading, and playing video games.
students occasionally ask about how i do my computing, so here is a brief summary in case anyone is interested.
i am a supporter of the Free Software movement, and i believe in the right to online privacy.


the most reliable way to reach me is via email, at i do not have a facebook, linkedin, google+, twitter, gmail, etc.
i appreciate it when e-mails are PGP encrypted with this public key (you can also download the key by running gpg --recv-keys 0xE179AD62 on a GNU/Linux system). if you do send me encrypted mail, please also include your public key so i can encrypt the response!