MIT/CRE Welcomes the Class of 2007
The MIT Center for Real Estate is pleased to welcome its incoming Class of 2007 — 37 students (drawn from a pool of 90 applicants) admitted to MIT/CRE's flagship program, the Masters in Real Estate Development (MSRED). Class registration is on Tuesday, September 5th, 2006 with the first day of classes on Wednesday.
In keeping with the Center's admissions criteria, this class represents a diverse group with undergraduate or graduate degrees in disciplines traditionally related to real estate — engineering, architecture, planning, law, economics, or business — and with substantial work experience in the real estate industry.
This class features a substantial increase in the numbers of women and international students. Of the 37 incoming class members, twelve (32%) are women, up from last year's seven (22%), reflecting the Center's commitment to gender diversity. Nine (24%) are international students, up from seven (22%) last year, with students arriving from Europe, Turkey, South Africa, India, China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.
Industry sectors are broadly represented by class members, who bring professional backgrounds in design and architecture (both landscape and building), acquisitions, construction, project management, development, finance, restructuring, and investment.
Students also bring the avid and wide-ranging curiosity that thrives in MIT/CRE's multidisciplinary environment. Among other pursuits, members of our Class of 2007 have:
- Managed the national media tour for Martin Scorsese’s The Blues, a seven-part film series produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.
- Kept a herd of zebras on the South African east coast, and recently taken up snowboarding as a way to embrace the New England winter.
- Joined the Korean Army for two years, serving in the 17th Aviation Brigade, 8th U.S. Army, and graduating from its Primary Leadership Development Course at the top of the class.
- Contributed projects and copy to the forthcoming children's nonfiction activity book, Steven Caney's Ultimate Building Book.
- Spent two years in Zimbabwe and Zambia volunteering as a teacher and performing community service work.
See our student bios for more detailed backgrounds on all of our new students.