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MIT honors President Reif during the week of his inauguration with a series of three symposia. These academic events, organized by and for the MIT community, are open to all—no registration is required. You are welcome to attend as your schedule permits, whether for a full symposium, a single panel, or an hour. Each symposium will take place from 9 am to noon in Kresge Auditorium.

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Infinite Innovation

Infinite Innovation highlighted the breadth and depth of MIT’s innovation enterprise with faculty, staff, and students across the Schools. Their work showcased the MIT community working collaboratively to bring new ideas into reality to change the world.

Session 1

9–10:20 am

Welcome and Opening Statements

Ian A. Waitz, Symposium Chair, Dean of the School of Engineering, and Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Faculty and Research Innovation


Rebecca Saxe PhD 03, Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Martin A. Schmidt SM 83 PhD 88, Associate Provost and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Angela M. Belcher, W.M. Keck Professor of Energy

Ramesh Raskar, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

Dina Katabi SM 98 PhD 03, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Fiona Murray, David Sarnoff Professor of Management of Technology, Associate Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

Don M. Boroson, Laboratory Fellow, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Paula T. Hammond 84 PhD 93, David H. Koch Professor in Engineering

Robert Miller 95 MEng 95, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Yang Shao-Horn, Gail E. Kendall Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Carlo Ratti, Associate Professor of the Practice, Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Christopher A. Voigt, Associate Professor of Biological Engineering

Anette (Peko) Hosoi, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Robert S. Langer ScD 74, David H. Koch Institute Professor


10:40 am


Session 2

10:40 am–

12 pm

Student Innovations

Opening statements:

David C. Schmittlein, John C. Head III Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management

Student elevator pitch presentations:

Anurag Bajpayee, Mechanical Engineering

Katie Mattaini, G, Biology

Melinda Hale, G, Mechanical Engineering

Kim Gordon, G, Sloan School of Management

Adam Paxson, G, Mechanical Engineering

Heather Murdoch, G, Materials Science and Engineering

Christophoros Vassiliou, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Vision of the Future

Opening statements:

Chris A. Kaiser PhD ’87, Provost and MacVicar Professor of Biology


Amos Winter SM ’05 PhD ’11, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

M. Anjali Sastry 86 PhD95, Senior Lecturer in Management Science, MIT Sloan School of Management

Paulo Cesar Lozano SM98 PhD03, Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Troy Van Voorhis, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Vladimir Bulović, Professor of Electrical Engineering

Closing Remarks

L. Rafael Reif, President




A Globally Engaged MIT

MIT’s mission statement reflects a role not only in the nation, but also in the world: “…to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.” MIT’s history of changing the world through community and global engagement has led to new collaborations, educational programs, research, scholarship, and service opportunities across all disciplines and departments. From a global spectrum of perspectives, MIT and new universities are looking at different ways to magnify the impact or synergies across these regional and global partnerships.  

9 am

Welcome and overview

Philip S. Khoury, Symposium Chair, Associate Provost, and Ford International Professor of History

Session 1


10 am

The MIT Community — Working Around the World! 

Cambridge–MIT Exchange 2012

Cody A. Coleman ’13, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

An MIT–Haiti Initiative Toward Active Learning for All

Michel DeGraff, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy

Vijay M.S. Kumar, Director, Office of Educational Innovation and Technology and Senior Associate Dean, Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education

MIT OpenCourseWare: Magnifying MIT’s Global Impact Through Open Sharing

Cecilia d’Oliveira ’77 SM ’79, Executive Director, OpenCourseWare

Global Shakepeare

Peter S. Donaldson, Ford Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Literature Section

Tropical Peat Forests of Borneo

Charles F. Harvey, Singapore–MIT Professor of Environmental Science, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, Nairobi

Johannes Haushofer, Postdoctoral Fellow, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

Takachar—Turning Urban Waste into Energy

Kevin Kung, G, Department of Biological Engineering

CHIEF, A Bridge that Connects MIT with China

Rui Li, G, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Inspiring MIT’s Global Impact Through the Support of MIT Students

Alison Hynd, Fellowships and Internships Administrator, Public Service Center

Kate Mytty, IDEAS Global Challenge Coordinator, Public Service Center

The World is My Oyster: Globally Cultured, Globally Literate

Margery Resnick, Associate Professor, Literature Section

The Youth Encounter on Sustainability: International, Multicultural, Transdisciplinary

Jeffrey I. Steinfeld ’62, Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemistry

More than Nuts and Bolts

Kwami Williams ’12, Fellow, D–Lab Scale-Ups Program

Session 2


10:45 am

Global Partner Universities: Presidents' Perspectives


Jason M. Pontin, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Technology Review


Thomas L. Magnanti, MIT Institute Professor and President, Singapore University of Technology and Design

Fred Moavenzadeh, James Mason Crafts Professor of Systems Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering at  MIT and President, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

Edward F. Crawley 76 SM 78 ScD 81, Ford Professor of Engineering, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at MIT, and President, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology


11 am

Session 3 MIT Serving the World


11:15 am

MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI)

J. Chappell Lawson, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director, MISTI


11:30 am

Science Against Poverty

Esther Duflo PhD 99, Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development


11:45 am

Worldwide Collaborations for Clean Water

John H. Lienhard, Samuel C. Collins Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director, Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT and the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

11:45 am–

12 pm

Reflections on MIT in the World — Today and Tomorrow

Suzanne Berger, Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science


12:15 pm

Questions and discussion
12:15 pm

Closing remarks

L. Rafael Reif, President




The Future of Education

Presented in partnership with the Alumni Leadership Conference

The structure of our higher educational system is undergoing radical reconstruction, as technology has become a leading force in developing new and innovative teaching and learning methods. Technology’s presence in the classroom has led to a more personalized educational experience for students, taking into account an individual’s learning style and pace. Current generations are engaging more closely with cross-disciplinary interests more than ever before and using technology to help solve global problems. As the world and students’ academic interests and needs have started to change, MIT has begun to tackle head-on the challenges that arise from trying to augment the classroom with rich extramural experiences that will help foster the world’s future global leaders.

9 am

Welcome and overview

W. Eric L. Grimson PhD 80, Symposium Chair, Chancellor, and Bernard Gordon Professor of Medical Engineering

Session 1


9:30 am


MIT : Education Without Borders

Gamifying Learning

Anant Agarwal, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and President, edX


9:45 am

D-Lab: Service Around the World

Amy B. Smith 84 SM 95, Senior Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Founder, D-Lab

9:45–10 am

MIT Education and STEM

Eric Klopfer, Associate Professor of Education and Director, Scheller Teacher Education Program


10:15 am

Mind, Hand, and Mid-Career: Developing Active Leaders in the MIT Executive MBA Program

Jonathan Lehrich MBA 05, Lecturer and Director, MIT Sloan Executive MBA Program

10:15 am Break
Session 2

MIT and On-Campus Education


Christine Ortiz, Dean for Graduate Education and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering


10:45 am

MIT Culture: The Future as Past

Rosalind H. Williams, Bern Dibner Professor of the History of Science and Technology


11 am

UROP and the Development of a Can-Do Culture

J. Kim Vandiver ’68 SM ’69 PhD ’75, Dean for Undergraduate Research and Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering


11:15 am

Fostering Future Leaders

Sanjay E. Sarma, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director, MIT–SUTD Collaboration


11:30 am

Is the Lecture Becoming Extinct or Simply Evolving?

Catherine L. Drennan, Professor of Chemistry and Biology and Professor and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute


11:30 am

12 pm

Rethinking Learning for the 21st Century


Daniel E. Hastings SM 78 PhD80, Dean for Undergraduate Education and Green Education Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems


Lori Breslow, Director, Teaching and Learning Laboratory and Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

John M. Essigmann SM 72 PhD 76, Professor of Chemistry, Toxicology, and Biological Engineering and Housemaster, Simmons Hall

Michael E. Plasmeier 13, MIT Sloan School of Management

Mitchel Resnick SM 88 PhD 92, Head, Program in Media Arts and Sciences and LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research

12 pm

Closing remarks

L. Rafael Reif, President


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