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The Value of Support (continued)

Creating opportunities for faculty collaboration (continued)

Alberto CavalloAlberto Cavallo

“MIT Sloan has been extremely supportive of me, first as a student and now as a faculty member,” said Cavallo, Assistant Professor of Applied Economics, who earned an MBA from MIT Sloan in 2005 and a PhD from Harvard in 2010. In addition, his work as co-founder of the Billion Prices Project at MIT Sloan—which collects daily data from more than 400 retailers around the world to predict real-time inflation—was recognized by The New York Times Magazine as one of the best ideas of 2010 and was made possible by unrestricted funds to the Annual Fund.

Cavallo’s experience of encouragement and assistance, according to Deputy Dean Robert Freund, is shared in great measure by junior faculty across all areas of discipline. The MIT Sloan Annual Fund gives the School’s deans the flexibility to provide this vital support to faculty.

“The portfolio of work of our highly talented junior faculty members would not be possible without the support and generosity of our alumni through the MIT Sloan Annual Fund,” said Freund. “The unrestricted nature of these gifts allows me to recognize and reward the work of junior faculty members, as well as provide the resources that catalyze their creative talents. For that, the School and I are deeply grateful. The research highlighted in this article is a representative sample of the exciting research conducted here at MIT Sloan.”

With his specialized focus as the Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Career Development Professor of Entrepreneurship, Assistant Professor Matthew Marx says the collaborative environment at MIT Sloan has been further enhanced by the departmental grouping of offices in E62.

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