May 29, 2012 ... the food will be great (last year was Phil's BBQ-Yum!) ... gardening,
environmental stewardship, and nutrition education, empowering them to be ...
MIT Club of San Diego Newsletter May 2012
Message from the MIT Club of San Diego President 2011-2012 Officers President Bill Collins [email protected]
VP Programs Touradj Barman [email protected]
VP Membership Alexandra Page [email protected]
VP Communications Nicole Justis Truitt [email protected]
Secretary Craig Monsell [email protected]
Treasurer Kevin A.Ver Hage [email protected]
‘11-‘12 Board Members Bob Blumberg Jerry Feitelson Dan Oliver Ray Peet Ollie Smoot Michael Snow Drew Terry David Weitz
How the time has flown in 2012! Your MIT Club of San Diego in San Diego continues to fly high with a very appealing schedule of events June 2012. On June 23rd, we will have our Annual Club Meeting. Looks like we will be at Mission Bay Park again as we were last year. This is truly a great family picnic event: the water’s just deep enough for the little ones to splash around safely; the food will be great (last year was Phil’s BBQ-Yum!); the speeches short—we didn’t graduate from MIT as orators; and the voting results democratic yet concise. Plan on taking the whole family . . . and those guitars. We’ll show the world we’re not just a bunch of nerds! Now I know that at least one of our events will be of interest to you, but if you are still not convinced, here’s my last offer: YOU tell us what you’d like the Club to get involved with. Every month we hold a Board meeting, open to the MIT alumni community. We review in detail the program schedule and our membership needs. Let us know what ideas you have. Better yet-- just show up for a lively discussion with the team. No RSVP is required. Beverages and snacks are served. We want to be your link to our local MIT Club of San Diego and to the San Diego community. Check out all of our programs as well as newsletters at the Club’s website: http://alumweb.mit.edu/clubs/sandiego And, not to forget about the recent events held in April and May, special thanks to the organizers of the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve Hike in Murrieta. “I didn’t know this was right in our own backyard” was a common comment from MIT alums and others who participated. The Toast to Friends event in April with Cornell University at the Starlite lounge was a rousing success. Fifty-plus alums showed up for some great food, drinks and fellowship. The Toast included a first—someone actually made a speech. No names will be mentioned. Suffice it to say there were the two Club Presidents present and it wasn’t me! I understand we will be re-evaluating Cornell for next year. MIT and Cal Poly alums joined forces on May 12th with a volunteer project at Olivewood Gardens in South Bay. Volunteers performed gardening and light maintenance work to improve the facility, keeping the site beautiful, fun, and educational for its student visitors. Olivewood Garden’s mission is to connect and motivate students and families from diverse backgrounds in National City through organic gardening, environmental stewardship, and nutrition education, empowering them to be healthy and active citizens. I am pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the SEPT Award from our Club. SEPT is the Science and Engineering Program for Teachers. This is a joint
initiative between the MIT Enterprise Forum and the MIT Club of San Diego. Participants receive a scholarship and a stipend to attend a week-long program at the ‘Tute in Cambridge. Candidate teachers from around the county are nominated by their students, typically at the high school level. After an interviewing process, the candidate or candidates are selected. This year the Club presented the SEPT award to Laura Creswell. Ms. Creswell teaches math and science to La Jolla High School juniors and seniors. She will be our guest of honor at the Annual Meeting in June just before she departs for the Boston area. Congratulations, Laura! The Nominations Committee has finalized its recommendations for the slate of officers for the MIT Club of San Diego for 2012-2013, which is listed on the following pages of this Newsletter. Further recommendations and suggestions for officer positions are welcome. The future Officers and two new Directors are nominated to further our mission which is to: • • • •
Provide Provide Provide Provide
connections between MIT alumni and the local community a strong connection back to the Institute learning/stimulation/technology opportunities to Club membership via programs service to the local community
Thank you to all the volunteers who make our Club what it is. Here’s to you. William M. Collins Class of 1967 President, MIT Club of San Diego
Club Officer and Director Nominations The Nominations Committee has recommended the following slate of offiers for the MIT Club of San Diego for 2012-2013. Please review the candidates’ statements listed here. Ballots will be available in a forthcoming email and voting will occur at the Club’s Annual Picnic and Meeting on June 23rd in Mission Bay Park.
President, Touradj Barman '01 SB Course 14 Touradj is a San Diego native with close ties to both the MIT and San Diego communities. Since returning to San Diego after completing an MBA at Yale in 2007, Touradj was first an active presence at numerous Club events and then joined the Programs Committee. In April of 2011, he helped start the Toast to Friends series of events, now also led by Irene Tobias, Nicola Tan and Laura Robinson. This year, Touradj served as the VP of Programs, working closely with Ollie Smoot and others on the Programs Committee to organize nearly 30 well-attended Club events. Touradj is also the Co-Founder and CEO of an app development company called Roovy, which lets people produce their own iPhone and iPad apps online. He previously made two apps for MIT: One for the Alumni Leadership Conference in 2010 and a second for Tech Reunions, celebrating the Institute's 150th year anniversary, in 2011.
VP Programs, Craig Monsell Since moving to San Diego in 2011, after a career with Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati, Craig Monsell has been a very active member of the MIT Club of San Diego. He currently serves as Club Secretary (2011-2012) and organized the beautiful reception in February for MIT President Susan Hockfield.
VP Membership, Ollie Smoot Oliver R. Smoot has been a member of the Club’s Board since 2007 and assists the Program Committee by creating event announcements and emails. He currently consults on standards and intellectual property issues. He chaired the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Board of Directors in 2001 and 2002, after serving in numerous ANSI leadership posts. For 2003-2004 he was elected President of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). From 20002005 Mr. Smoot served as vice-president for external voluntary standards relations of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI). Prior to that appointment Mr. Smoot was ITI’s executive vice-president for 23 years. He is a member of and has held leadership positions in the American Bar Association, International Technology Law Association, and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Ollie received a JD from Georgetown University and a BS from MIT.
VP Communications, Nikki Truitt I graduated from MIT in Course 3 (Materials Science and Engineering) and continue to develop smart materials capable of real-time customization with my startup company, Code Fluidics. I believe in building an innovative community and vital alumni network, and have proudly served as the VP Communications since 2010, engaging our local alumni network through dynamic Newsletters, Event coordination and registration, Club website and emails, and social networks. Previously, I served on the MIT Educational Council and co-founded and led the UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge, modeled upon the MIT $100k Entrepreneurship Competition. My interests include inventing, gardening, hiking, and Art, which I’ve shared with the San Diego MIT community by cohosting outdoor excursions and workshops, like the upcoming DIY event at Maker Place.
Secretary, Dick Hodgman My career started in logic design, then moved to computer product development and management at Intel and Tandem Computers and then independent consulting. I have served as an EC and EC Area Chair (in Kansas City), webmaster for my MIT class, and as a secretary, a treasurer, and webmaster for not-for-profits, and as a mentor for a FIRST Robotics team. My interests include digital photography and photo and video preservation.
Treasurer, Gary Eigen I graduated in course 2 in 1991 and continued for a Masters, also in course 2 the following year. I specialized in Manufacturing Engineering and completed my thesis for Dr. Hardt in the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity. I contributed to rapid prototype metal stamping, which was highlighted by a demonstration of our project that I gave to Senator John Kerry. While at MIT, I was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and active in intramural sports. I also managed to take a semester in Madrid during my junior year. After MIT, I left the snow behind to move to Southern California where I began my career as a Process Engineer at a 3M factory in Camarillo. I moved to San Diego in 1997, where I have lived since. My work experience has been mostly in manufacturing and operations management. I have worked in the semiconductor industry, electronics manufacturing and currently at L-3 Communications where we provide telemetry devices for the defense industry. During my management career, I have been responsible for delivering product, productivity improvements, department budgets and sales of up to $20M/ year. I have been active in the MIT San Diego alumni club for a few years and have become more active over the past couple of years as the events continue to improve. I look forward to contributing to a growing club and helping to maintain its momentum over the next year.
Director 2012-2015, Drew Terry Drew Terry has been an active member of the MIT Club of San Diego and MIT Enterprise Forum, having held numerous Club positions, most recently as the Immediate Past President (current) Board Member, and 2010-2011 Club President. Drew has also served as the VP of Programs and has organized several Club Events, including last year’s Holiday Party. Drew is a Sr. Director of Product Marketing at ResMed and holds a dual Masters of Science from MIT in Course 2M and Course 15L Management Leaders Program.
Director 2012-2015, Kevin Ver Hage Kevin is a native San Diegan who has been a club member since 1989. Recently he has become more active in the club due to the heightened program content enacted in the past few years, and is currently holding the officer position of Treasurer. Kevin is excited about the direction the club is going with it's variety of events, and if elected to the Board of Directors, would carry out the position diligently. Kevin enjoys reading, frisbee, golf (mostly), walking the dog, and combinations thereof, i.e. frisbee with the dog, reading while walking the dog, frisbee golf etc.
Upcoming MIT Club Events The MIT Club of San Diego hosts 1-2 events each month for local MIT Alumni and their families. Registration and event details are sent over email and can be accessed at any time from the MIT Club of San Diego Events page at http://tinyurl.com/mitsd-events
Thursday, June 07, 2012 Toast to Friends with Duke Where: Analog Bar, 801 5th Avenue, Gaslamp San Diego, 92101 When: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, June 7th, 2012 Event Coordinator: Irene Tobias, [email protected]
Join fellow alumni for a fun evening at Analog Bar and Restaurant. Located in the Gaslamp and dedicated to "Good Food Strong Drinks" this is the perfect place to renew old friendships and to make new ones. We will have a selection of appetizers. Our drinks specials are the following: $5 fireball, fernet & well cocktails. With a throwback vibe in the chicest incarnation, analog has brought together the best qualities of a sleek downtown lounge with design elements of a wood clad 1970’s recording studio, an eclectic New York City dive bar, and a true foodie-destination. We offer registration for the Toast through the new MIT Alumni Association Encompass site. If you have problems, please email either event manager for help. Information and Registration Link: http://sandiego.alumclub.mit.edu/s/1314/clubs-classesinterior.aspx?sid=1314&gid=196&pgid=8373&cid=15801&ecid=15801&crid=0&calpgid=3327&calci d=15984
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Tour MakerPlace and Make Things! Where: Maker Place, 1022 West Morena Blvd, Suite H, San Diego CA 92110 When: 6:30-8:30pm Wednesday June 13th, 2012 Event Coordinators: Saed Younis, [email protected]
Nicole Truitt, [email protected]
There is no better way to describe MakerPlace http://makerplace.com than by their own words: "Think of it as your dream shop… the one you’d build if you had a really big garage and a huge budget … a large number of expensive tools, many computer controlled, available for your unlimited use. We have selected two, quite different make-it-yourself activities: First, watch the engraving of your own MIT Club of San Diego name badge and assemble the badge. Second, print, using silk screening, and cure MIT Club T-shirts. Both are included in your registration. Blank tee shirts in a variety of colors and sizes will be available at the event. You are also welcome to bring your own preshrunk tee from home if you have a very specific size/color/fit in mind. Tee shirt FRON T
We will also have munchies and drinks to enjoy when not making our badges or shirts. Participation is limited to 35, with only one guest per alumnus. We will have a waiting list, but sign up soon.
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Information and Registration Link: http://sandiego.alumclub.mit.edu/s/1314/clubs-classesinterior.aspx?sid=1314&gid=196&pgid=8559&cid=16088&ecid=16088&crid=0&calpgid=3327&calci d=15984
Saturday, June 23, 2012 Picnic and Annual Meeting Where: East Mission Bay Park, 2000 E Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109. When: 11:00Am-2:00Pm Saturday June 23rd, 2012 Event Coordinators: Bill Collins, [email protected]
Touradj Barman, [email protected]
You won't want to miss the 2012 MIT Club family picnic. It will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. We will again be at Playa Pacifica in beautiful Mission Bay Park where we can enjoy the sunshine, cool breezes, and beautiful palm trees overlooking the bay. We are again featuring San Diego's #1 BBQ from Phil's BBQ. It will be great food with good friends in one of the most picturesque settings anywhere!
This event is also our annual meeting where you will be able to meet and vote for next year's officers and board members. You may also vote for the officers via the new MIT Alumni Association Encompass System - if you prefer this option, please watch for the e-mail instructions. The club will provide delicious Phil's BBQ, a selection of side dishes, desserts, a variety of sodas, and water. Seating & shade are limited so please consider bringing your own chairs, umbrellas & tents. We have special pricing for Club Members of only $15. For all Alums one guest is free with registration. Kids 10 and under are free. Please indicate guests when registering so we can get a head count for food purchase and making badges. Not a Club of San Diego member? The price is $20, but you can join and register for the picnic at the same time, receive member pricing for the picnic, and discounted membership of $35! Wondering how to get to the MIT Club Family Picnic and Annual Meeting at Playa Pacifica in East Mission Bay Park, just North of the Hilton? It's address is approximately 2000 E Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109. Our picnic site is approximately at Number 9 on the Mission Bay Park Map Turn in on the last road accessing the park just North of the Hilton. Stay to the left at the fork and then turn right into the parking area. There is a huge tree near the parking lot and close to a restroom building. We will meet in this general area. These tables can’t be reserved, so if we cannot get under the tree or at the tables please look for the MIT signs in this area. The GPS coordinates of the spot are: +32° 46' 54.59", -117° 12' 39.75" Information and Registration Link: http://sandiego.alumclub.mit.edu/s/1314/clubs-classesinterior.aspx?sid=1314&gid=196&pgid=8618&cid=16178&ecid=16178&crid=0&calpgid=3327&calci d=15984
K-12 STEM Outreach If you would like to participate in outreach to local K-12 Schools, helping to stimulate interest and excitement in STEM subjects and careers, please get in touch with Bob Blumberg [email protected]
or Dan Oliver [email protected]
Seen and Heard On May 29th 2012, KUSI Good Morning San Diego interviewed Nicole Truitt (MIT ’00) and Benjamin Sullivan (Boston University ’97) at Maker Place in San Diego about their startup company, Code Fluidics, that develops smart materials capable of on-demand color customization in consumer products like iPhone cases and athletic shoes.
Educational Council Give Back! Donate to the MIT Club of San Diego Fund to Support SEPT teachers Go to: https://giving.mit.edu 1. Select “Give Now” 2. Insert fund #3892659 or name “MIT Club of San Diego Fund” in the “Search Designation” and click “Go” 3. Follow instructions Also, keep watching for ways to participate in our new K-12 Volunteer Initiative
Educational Counselors (ECs) are vital part of the MIT community. They provide a personal touch to the student recruitment process, and continuity to MIT culture. Each Fall, ECs interview applicants and identify the most promising future students for the Institute. In this rewarding role, ECs share a slice of MIT life with applicants and field their many questions. As the application season progresses, our San Diego Educational Counselors are invited to attend a variety of events, ranging from College information nights to dinner with MIT Admissions officers. Eventually, MIT sends out acceptances to admitted students, and the ECs are there to encourage their students to make the right choice (MIT, of course!). During this time, the Club hosts a few events where admitted students and their families are encouraged to mingle with the MIT Club of San Diego members, and the other admitted students from San Diego. The Educational Council season concludes every year with a picnic in August, sending off the new and current students to Cambridge. The MIT Club would like to thank the current Educational Counselors, listed below, for all their efforts. We give special gratitude for the caring hospitality of Joan Oliver, and for the energetic efforts of Dan Oliver, San Diego Educational Council Chairman, and Jay Kunin, Vice Chairman. Meagan Baird Touradj Barman Robert Booker David Brann Maroula Bratakos Rita Ciaravino Kevin Cockrell William Collins Mark Cuezon Karen des Jardins Sourav Dey Mingxi Fan Robin Grandl Josephine Harada Richard Hodgman Michael Hostetler John Hradnansky Sherry Huang Pantea Khodami Judy Kim Bobby Korn Jay Kunin Steven Larky Kurt Levens Peter McCall Patrick Mock
Craig Monsell Julie Muyco Adele Noon William Noon Daniel Oliver Ken Ong Alexandra Page Malini Paye Philip Presser Vicky Rowley Barry Schwartz Carol Seligson Caitlin Shindler Sarah Smith Oliver Smoot Mike Stuber Brandon Suarez Sophia Suarez May Tse T.H. Tsiang Scott Velazquez Sean Wang David Weitz Saed Younis Kenneth Zeger
If you are interested in participating in this valuable and rewarding role, please contact Dan Oliver [email protected]
In Memoria The MIT Club of San Diego has recently been notified of the death of the following alumni in the area: Richard M. Feingold, Class of 1943. Richard passed away on February 3rd, 2012. He was an active member of his class after graduation, serving in a variety of capacities including Class Secretary, Class Treasurer, and Class Reunion Committee Member. He was a resident of Banning, California. Previously, Richard was active in the MIT Club of Hartford as Director and as an Educational Counselor. Ralph W. Garrett Jr, Class of 1942 Ralph Garrett Jr. passed away on March 10, 2012. Ralph joined the Navy after graduation and served in the Pacific during World War II. Afterwards, he joined Humble Oil Company and lived in Texas and Louisiana. In 1982 he retired to San Diego. Ralph was an Educational Counselor in the Point Loma area. CDR Hildreth G Sherman, Class of 1953 CDR Sherman, resident of Coronado, passed away on February 22, 2012. Alden Newton Tschaeche, Class of 1956 Alden Newton Tschaeche died peacefully at home on April 24, 2012 in Encinitas, California. He graduated from MIT in 1956 with a degree in Chemistry and was part of the crew on the USS Midway for her final voyage from 1954-1955. Al was an active member of the MIT Club of Northern California and the Educational Council. The Board of Directors and the Club Membership extends our heartfelt condolences to the families and survivors of the MIT Alumni. The MIT Club of San Diego will report death notifications as they are received. A brief obituary may be included if the Club receives that information in time for publication.
Past MIT Club Programs Get Involved: Programs Committee You can still get involved and help ensure quality programming for our 2011-2012 year. Please contact our VP of Programs to learn how you can get involved: Touradj Barman [email protected]
The MIT Club of San Diego hosts 1-2 events each month for local MIT Alumni and their families. Registration and event details are sent over email and can be accessed at any time from the MIT Club of San Diego Events page at http://tinyurl.com/mitsd-events
Toast to Friends with Cornell - Thursday, April 5th 2012 On April 5th at the Starlite Lounge, MIT alums toasted with our friends from Cornell for the April Toast to Friends. Thank you, Laura Robinson, for organizing the event. Here are some of the pictures taken by MIT alums that night at the swanky venue.
Toast to Friends at Alchemy – Thursday, May 3rd MIT alums enjoyed a “bring a friend” night on May 3rd at Alchemy Restaurant. As always, Toast to Friends occur every first Thursday of the month and photographic contributions to the Newsletter ([email protected]
) and the MIT Club Facebook Group (http://tinyurl.com/mitsdfacebook) are always appreciated!
M I T alum s at Alchem y: Tourad j B arman, Craig M onse ll and N icola Tan
Luis Morales (MI T), Marisa and Myra Chen (Cal)
M I T alum s Eva and Jerry Feitelson, Tre y I dek er, and N ikki Truitt
MIT and CalPoly Volunteer at Olivewood Gardens – Saturday, May 12th MIT and Cal Poly alums enjoyed a beautiful Saturday morning in the sun volunteering at Olivewood Gardens in National City. Olivewood Garden’s mission is to connect and motivate students and families from diverse backgrounds in National City through organic gardening, environmental stewardship, and nutrition education, empowering them to be healthy and active citizens. Many thanks to Mary Ann Beyster for organizing the event on behalf of the MIT Club!
MIT and CalPoly Volunteer at Olivewood Gardens – Saturday, May 12th
MIT and CalPoly Volunteer at Olivewood Gardens – Saturday, May 12th
Other Local Upcoming Events Wednesday 06/06/12: UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge Finals Where: Price Center East Ballroom, UCSD, La Jolla CA When: June 6th, 2012 6-8:30pm, Light dinner served at 5:45pm Cost: Free Information and Registration: http://challenge.ucsd.edu E. Challenge 6th Annual $100k Business Plan Pitch Gala Come network with the best and brightest San Diego has to offer as they vie for $100k in awards at the 5th Annual E. Challenge Live Business Plan Pitch Competition. The culmination of the 6th Annual Entrepreneur Challenge celebrates student driven entrepreneurship at its best and is rapidly becoming the premiere business plan competition on the west coast. A gathering of San Diego's who's who of science, technology and business will determine the winners in a high stakes LIVE pitchfest featuring the cutting edge of San Diego up and coming entrepreneurs. The Entrepreneur Challenge is offered always as a FREE university and community service. In its short existence, it has produced student-driven enterprises that have already garnered national attention and substantial venture funding. This pitchfest represents the next generation of San Diego innovation. Come and get a first peek!
Tuesday 6/19/12: MIT Enterprise Forum Where: Salk Institute, Frederic deHoffman Auditorium 10010 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla CA 92037 When: 5:00-8:00pm Tuesday June 19th, 2012 Cost: $40 discounted rate for MIT alums Event Coordinator: Madelaine Holden, [email protected]
Spuds, Pivots, Exits—And Beer: A Retrospective On the roller coaster of business, does history repeat itself? Since San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum began presenting business case studies in 1985, over 150 companies have received support in their decision-making through panels providing feedback and suggestions as well as challenging the presenting CEO’s assumptions. The Forum is excited to welcome back 9 of the past presenting “Rockstars” for our event: Spuds, Pivots, Exits—And Beer: A Retrospective. Come see how these presenters have used the advice they received from the panels and where their businesses are now. How many pivots and exits were accomplished since the mid80's as a result of the MIT Enterprise Forum? We'll never REALLY know, but we can hop in the back seat, with our rear view mirrors securely fastened, to get the lessons learned. Should be an exhilarating ride. Join us on June 19th for a lively evening with our Emcee and Rock Stars of eras past and not-so-past! Oh, and have a beer on us. Presenters Scott Dennis and Alex Kunczynski, Founders, D&K Engineering Bryan Pate, Co-Founder, ElliptiGO Tyson McDowell, CEO & Founder, Benchmark Revenue Management Dean Rosenberg, CEO & Co-Founder, AIRSIS Robert Bingham, CEO & Co-Founder, SimpleNet Gene Ray, Founder, Titan Corp Robert Blumberg (MIT ’65), Co-Founder, SMS Technology
News from Cambridge MIT and Harvard announce edX
which will enhance the experience for Joint venture builds on MITx and Harvard students on campus distance learning; aims to benefit campus- and for the millions based education and beyond. expected to take advantage of these MIT News Office, May 2nd 2012 new online http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/mitofferings. harvard-edx-announcement-050212.html “EdX represents a CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard University and MIT unique opportunity today announced edX, a transformational new to improve partnership in online education. Through edX, the two education on our own campuses through online institutions will collaborate to enhance campus-based learning, while simultaneously creating a bold new teaching and learning and build a global community of educational path for millions of learners worldwide,” online learners. MIT President Susan Hockfield said. EdX will build on both universities’ experience in offering online instructional content. The technological platform recently established by MITx, which will serve as the foundation for the new learning system, was designed to offer online versions of MIT courses featuring video lesson segments, embedded quizzes, immediate feedback, student-ranked questions and answers, online laboratories and student-paced learning. Certificates of mastery will be available for those who are motivated and able to demonstrate their knowledge of the course material.
Harvard President Drew Faust said, “EdX gives Harvard and MIT an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically extend our collective reach by conducting groundbreaking research into effective education and by extending online access to quality higher education.”
MIT and Harvard expect that over time other universities will join them in offering courses on the edX platform. The gathering of many universities’ educational content together on one site will enable learners worldwide to access the course content of any participating university from a single website, and to use a set of online educational tools shared by all participating universities.
Jointly owned not-for-profit structure The initiative will be overseen by a not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge, Mass., to be owned and governed equally by the two universities. MIT and Harvard have committed to a combined $60 million ($30 million each) in institutional support, grants and philanthropy to launch the collaboration.
EdX will release its learning platform as open-source software so it can be used by other universities and organizations that wish to host the platform themselves. Because the learning technology will be available as open-source software, other universities and individuals will be able to help edX improve and add features to the technology.
“Harvard and MIT will use these new technologies and the research they will make possible to lead the direction of online learning in a way that benefits our students, our peers, and people across the nation and the globe,” Faust continued.
Anant Agarwal, director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, who has led the development of the MITx platform under the leadership of MIT Provost L. Rafael Reif, will serve as the first president of edX.
At Harvard, Provost Alan Garber will direct the Harvardx effort and Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith will play a leading role in working MIT and Harvard will use the jointly operated edX with faculty to develop and deliver courses. platform to research how students learn and how technologies can facilitate effective teaching both on It is anticipated that near-term course offerings from a campus and online. The edX platform will enable the range of Harvard and MIT schools will be included on study of which teaching methods and tools are most the edX platform. successful. The findings of this research will be used to inform how faculty use technology in their teaching, Research to enhance residential model
EdX will enhance the traditional residential model of maintain its appetite for bold action as well as its firm undergraduate education on both campuses by financial footing, has been selected as the 17th president supporting an unlimited number of experimental online of the Institute. approaches to teaching that can be used by Harvard and MIT faculty to benefit their students. It will also provide global access to some of the world-class instruction that already occurs at both institutions, but which is only one aspect of the full Harvard College and MIT experience. “The campus environment offers opportunities and experiences that cannot be replicated online,” Hockfield said. “EdX is designed to improve, not replace, the campus experience.” EdX will be separate from ongoing distance-learning initiatives at both institutions, including MIT OpenCourseWare and courses offered by schools at Harvard such as the Harvard Extension School, Reif, 61, was elected to the post this morning by a vote Harvard Business School and Harvard Medical School. of the MIT Corporation. He will assume the MIT presidency on July 2, 2012. First courses by fall 2012 The universities will work to develop further the online learning platform already begun with MITx and to populate the edX website with courses from the MIT and Harvard faculty. During the early stages, the two universities will work cooperatively to offer as broad an initial set of courses as possible. A first set of courses is scheduled to be announced in early summer and to start in fall 2012.
As the Institute's chief academic officer since 2005, Reif led the design and implementation of the strategy that allowed MIT to weather the global financial crisis; drove the growth of MIT's global strategy; promoted a major faculty-led effort to address challenges around race and diversity; helped foster the emergence of an innovation cluster adjacent to MIT in Kendall Square; led the development of MITx, the Institute's new initiative in online learning; and led MIT's role in the “We are already moving forward quickly,” Agarwal said. formation of edX, the recently announced partnership “There’s a lot of energy in the air, and the teams at between MIT and Harvard University that builds on Harvard and MIT can’t wait to collaborate.” MITx and that aims to enrich residential education while bringing online learning to great numbers of Contact people around the world. Kimberly Allen, MIT News Office [email protected]
, 617-253-2702 Reif has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1980 and is currently the Fariborz Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technology in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He succeeds Susan L. Rafael Reif selected as MIT's Hockfield, who announced earlier this year that she 17th president would step down after more than seven years as MIT's As provost since 2005, the president-elect president.
has inspired innovation and played a critical role in the financial stewardship of the Institute. By Steve Bradt, MIT News Office May 16th, 2012 http://web.mit.edu/press/2012/rafael-reifelected-president.html
L. Rafael Reif, a distinguished electrical engineer whose seven-year tenure as MIT's provost has helped MIT
A rich candidate pool gained from 'especially broad outreach' Reif's selection as MIT's next president follows broad consultation with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of MIT. Through outreach via multiple channels, a 22-member Presidential Search Committee generated a list of more than 100 candidates for the presidency. That list included people identified by the committee itself as well as those suggested by others; members of the MIT community and people outside the
Institute; and candidates with a broad range of backgrounds in academia and beyond. "The search committee has done excellent, thorough work that not only resulted in an outstanding outcome, but also in a great feeling of community among the wide-ranging group of people who helped us in our search," said MIT Corporation Chairman John S. Reed '61. "Rafael Reif emerged early as a uniquely qualified candidate, and that impression only deepened as our discussions with him and with members of the MIT community proceeded. Rafael brings with him a career as a distinguished engineer and a gifted administrator, and his 30 years of achievement at MIT speak to a profound dedication to, and understanding of, the Institute." The Presidential Search Committee was chaired by James A. Champy '63, SM '65, a Boston business consultant and author; Champy also led the 2004 presidential search that culminated in Hockfield's selection. "The committee's intense and thorough process included especially broad outreach," Champy said. "The committee sought input not only from faculty and students, but also from staff. As a result of this rich internal input as well as input from voices outside MIT, we had an excellent pool. As a hundred became dozens, and dozens a small handful, one name kept coming up. In discussing Rafael's candidacy with key members of the MIT community, we heard not only about Rafael's impressive record of achievement in service to the Institute, but also about people's enthusiastic support for him as a leader fully engaged with the MIT community. The committee members are overjoyed by Rafael's election." An accomplished provost As provost, Reif has held overarching responsibility for MIT's educational and research programs, as well as for the recruitment, promotion and tenuring of faculty. He has worked closely with the deans of MIT's five schools to establish academic priorities and with the executive vice president to manage the financial planning to support these priorities. Also in his role as provost, Reif has oversight responsibility for Lincoln Laboratory (a research laboratory that MIT operates for the U.S. Department of Defense), as well as for the Institute's libraries and a number of major interdisciplinary laboratories, centers and programs. Reif played a critical role in balancing MIT's budget before, during and after the global financial crisis. Early in his tenure as provost, he led a "rebalancing" process
that eliminated a $50 million structural deficit - putting the Institute in a much better position to weather the global downturn that began in 2008. Then, after the crisis struck, Reif led the team that designed and implemented the strategy for managing budget cuts. Among other steps, a 200-member Institute-wide Planning Task Force ultimately achieved significant long-term cost reductions by acting upon 77 percent of all ideas submitted by members of the MIT community. As provost, Reif propelled a global strategy that has seen the Institute partner with governments and foundations to create four new research centers and universities worldwide. In 2007, MIT assisted in the creation of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, a graduate educational and research institute devoted to advanced energy and sustainable technologies. Since 2008, Reif and other Institute officials have partnered with Singapore's government to establish two new institutions: the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Centre and the Singapore University of Technology and Design, whose first class of students matriculated earlier this month. Last fall, MIT joined in the creation of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Russia, envisioned as a unique, world-class graduate research university. Starting in 2007, Reif promoted a major faculty-led effort to address challenges around race and diversity, convening a faculty committee to investigate impediments to MIT's recruitment and retention of minority faculty. The committee ultimately concluded that while efforts to hire and retain minority faculty had produced some gains, the experience of minority faculty at the Institute differed from that of their majority peers. Reif has since taken steps to foster a culture of inclusion at the Institute, taking a personal interest in recruiting and retention efforts for minorities and women. To help with these efforts, Reif established the Office of the Associate Provost for Faculty Equity. Finally, Reif led a five-year project to develop a new paradigm in online learning. These efforts came to fruition with last December's launch of MITx: a pioneering online-education initiative designed to bring new tools to students at MIT and to offer MIT content online to learners around the world, for free, through an interactive, open-source learning platform. MITx's initial offering - an online course called "Circuits and Electronics" - has enrolled more than 120,000 students from around the world. Reif's vision of exploring how online learning tools can improve residential education, as well as his interest in broadly accessible, high-caliber online courses, was further advanced earlier this month with the creation of edX, a $60 million online-
education partnership with Harvard University. Reif led MIT's entrance into that significant partnership.
that it always feels new. As I begin to comprehend the humbling responsibility with which the Institute has entrusted me, the 'I' becomes a 'we': the true strength of "During my presidency," Hockfield said, "our provost, MIT leadership has always come from the power of the Professor Rafael Reif, has been a true and trusted MIT community, whose collective wisdom, talent, partner. I and the global MIT community have creativity and drive have made history for 150 years. I benefited immensely not only from his brilliant am thrilled to think of the work we will do together forleadership of major initiatives, such as our international quoting from our mission statement-'the betterment of engagements and the MITx and edX launches, but also humankind.'" from the vital role he has played in stewarding the Institute's finances and capital planning during a time A longtime leader at MIT of global financial uncertainty. His leadership in establishing the Institute-wide Budget Planning Task The president-elect has held leadership posts for much Force, which so brilliantly tapped the creativity and of his time on the MIT faculty. From 1990 to 1999, Reif dedication of the MIT community, brought forth the was director of MIT's Microsystems Technology very best of MIT. The Institute today finds itself both Laboratories, an interdepartmental laboratory sure- and swift-footed, thanks in great part to Rafael's supporting research and education in microscale and strategic intelligence and dedication. I am enormously nanoscale systems. He then served as associate head of pleased by his election, knowing he will serve the the Department of Electrical Engineering and Institute as president with devotion, insight and Computer Science - MIT's largest academic department compassion." - from 1999 to 2004, and chaired the department before becoming provost in August 2005. A citizen of the world An early champion of MIT's engagement in micro- and Leo Rafael Reif (pronounced, "Rife") is the youngest of nanotechnologies, Reif was instrumental in launching a four sons of Eastern European emigrés who fled Europe research center on novel semiconductor devices at MIT, in the late 1930s, living first in Ecuador and then as well as multi-university research centers on Colombia before settling in Venezuela. The family was advanced and environmentally benign semiconductor poor, supported by his father's work as a photographer, manufacturing. He also played a key role in creating the and spoke Spanish and Yiddish at home. national effort now known as the Focus Center Research Program and in launching its Interconnect Reif was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and moved to Focus Center. Caracas with his family at age 9. A member of the first generation in his family to attend college, he earned his Samuel M. Allen, the POSCO Professor of Physical undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Metallurgy in the Department of Materials Science and Venezuela's Universidad de Carabobo in 1973. After Engineering and the Chair of the MIT Faculty, said, working for one year as an assistant professor at "Professor Reif is widely admired for his integrity, Universidad Simón Bolívar, he left for graduate school knowledge of MIT and vision for the future. His in the United States. Despite speaking little English leadership during the 2008 financial squeeze, and his upon his arrival at Stanford University in 1974, he vision for the evolution of residential education in the earned an MS in electrical engineering the following digital age, are tangible signs of his ability to mobilize year and completed his PhD in electrical engineering in the community in major endeavors. From my vantage 1979. point as Chair of the Faculty, I know that Rafael seeks faculty input in making important decisions, and he is Reif joined MIT in January 1980 as an assistant open to embracing new ideas. I'm excited to have the professor of electrical engineering. He was promoted to opportunity to work closely with him in the coming associate professor in 1983, earned tenure in 1985, and year." became a full professor in 1988. A leader in microelectronics "I am deeply honored to be elected president of the Institute I love so dearly," said Reif. "MIT's impact on Reif is internationally recognized as a leading my life-how I think, how I make sense of the world, and microelectronics researcher who has helped address the how I align my personal aspirations with the call to technical challenges that have arisen as electronics have service-has been profound. The Institute has never grown ever-smaller in recent decades. He did failed to challenge, invigorate, and inspire me: I have pioneering work in and was an early proponent of found that one of its most stimulating characteristics is three-dimensional integrated circuits, in which layers
fabricated through different processes are stacked to form complex monolithic systems. Such an approach allows the integration of a variety of electronic functionalities into a smaller chip area. Reif's group has also worked to identify and develop environmentally benign alternatives to chemicals used to etch patterns on microchips; some gases used heavily by the semiconductor industry were believed to contribute to global warming. His team has worked to assess the etching efficacy of a variety of alternative compounds, measuring the effluents of these processes to determine their potential environmental, safety and health impacts.
more than 350 papers published in refereed journals and conference proceedings. In 1993 Reif was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) "for pioneering work in the low-temperature epitaxial growth of semiconductor thin films." From the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), he received the 2000 Aristotle Award for "his commitment to the educational experience of SRC students and the profound and continuing impact he has had on their professional careers." He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the Electrochemical Society and the IEEE. For his work in developing MITx, he received the 2012 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award.
A prolific scholar Reif and his wife, Christine, are residents of Newton, Reif holds 15 patents, has edited or co-edited five books, Mass. They have a daughter, Jessica Reif Caplan, a sonhas supervised 38 doctoral theses, and is a co-author of in-law, Benjamin Caplan, and a son, Blake Harrington.
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