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The new heart of MIT Sloan

The new heart of MIT SloanFrom left, Dean David Schmittlein, William Porter, SF ’67, MIT President Susan Hockfield, Joan Porter

If MIT Sloan’s new building didn’t exist, someone would have to invent it. Fortunately, hundreds of the School’s most committed alumni and friends already have.

“I really cannot imagine that we started here for a year without this building,” said Rita Chao, MBA ’11, whose first year at MIT Sloan was before the building opened. “It’s really part of our life here.”

At 215,000 square feet, the new building, featuring the Joan and William A. Porter 1967 Center for Management Education, puts faculty and students together, working and interacting side by side with panoramic views of the Boston skyline.

“In the new building there are large areas set aside which will actually encourage I guess what I’d call ‘water fountain talk,’ for people between themselves and so forth,” said William A. Porter, SF ’67, founder and chairman emeritus of E*TRADE Financial Corporation, whose $25 million gift, made with his wife Joan, led construction of the building.

Open spaces rule the day, and sudden and unexpected connections reign, with the wide walkways and elevator bay placing everyone—from undergraduates to new faculty to Nobel laureates to the most promising young entrepreneurs—just inches from a legendary chance encounter.

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