Richard K. Lester

Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Richard K. Lester

Richard Lester is Japan Steel Industry Professor and Associate Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he oversees the international activities of the Institute. From 2009 to 2015 he served as head of MIT’s Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, leading the Department successfully through a period of rapid rebuilding and strategic renewal. Professor Lester’s research focuses on innovation strategy and management. He is also widely known for his research on nuclear technology innovation, management and control. Dr. Lester holds an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from MIT. He is the author or co-author of eight books, and serves as chair of the National Academies’ Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy.



Lester honored with 2015 Special Award by the American Nuclear Society

June, 2015 read

Richard Lester named associate provost for international activities

MIT News, May 14, 2015 read

As big data and AI take hold, what will it take to be an effective executive?

The Wall Street Journal, January 23, 2015 read

Nuclear Innovation for the 21st Century

MIT Club of Northern California, Palo Alto, CA, November 6, 2014 watch

Nuclear Innovation

Science and Technology in Society Forum, Kyoto, Japan, October 6, 2014 download pdf

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