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Beyond the Infinite

Beyond the Infinite Fall 2012

In Forney, Tex., Caitria O'Neill of and Cooper Taylor of Community Life Church examine the destruction of an EF3 tornado that hit in April 2012. Photo courtesy of

Beyond the Infinite, Fall 2012

This fall, MIT celebrated the inauguration of L. Rafael Reif as MIT's 17th president under the theme One Community, Together in Service. (The PKG Center loves an opportunity to celebrate our community's service.) Throughout the inauguration, we were frequently reminded of the charge in MIT's mission to "serve the nation and world."

As a globally-focused Institute, our investment can be seen in communities around the world. Today, however, we’re focusing on the charge to serve the nation.

In this issue of Beyond the Infinite, we share four stories about how MIT excels at serving U.S. communities.

Helping communities prepare and repair
Undeterred by hurricanes and tornados, the innovators of serve communities devastated by natural disaster.

Building communities and careers
Capturing documentary footage, helping cities plan for rising sea levels, and recommending neighborhood redevelopment strategies are all in a day's work for students in the Department of Urban Studies & Planning. Their public service not only builds community capacity but also their own career potential. 

Introducing MITs culture through service
What's the best way for incoming freshmen to immerse themselves in the problem-solving culture of MIT? A week’s pre-Orientation engagement in local community service seems to do the trick.

Popping the bubble
With 70+ outreach programs, MIT seems to have developed a permeable membrane. Find out how MIT’s outreach initiatives inspire those outside of the Institute.