MIT Sloan professor Arnoldo Hax honored for service to Chile

Chile recognizes Hax for his life’s work, including work on behalf of MIT

June 17, 2013

MIT Sloan’s Arnoldo Hax with Chilean president Sebastián Piñera

MIT Sloan’s Arnoldo Hax with Chilean president Sebastián Piñera

The president of Chile awarded the country’s honor for meritorious service to MIT Sloan professor Arnoldo Hax in Washington, D.C. earlier this month.

Hax, a Chilean native, was recognized for distinguished service to the country. The prize honors Hax’s lifetime of service, which includes an ambassador-like role on behalf of MIT.

The faculty chairman of the MIT-Chile program, a part of MIT International Science & Technology Initiatives—known as MISTI—Hax has helped to bring more than 40 MIT students to internships in laboratories and companies in Chile, on subjects that are central for technology transfer to Chile.

MISTI Chile has also provided seed funds for more than 40 research programs undertaken by MIT faculty and students who collaborate with Chilean peers.

Hax also serves as president of the Chile-Massachusetts Executive Council, a cooperation agreement between the two governments to encourage collaboration on energy, education, and biotechnology.

“This was a wonderful and surprising distinction,” Hax said, calling the award ceremony at Blair House—the official residence of guests of the U.S. president—“moving.”

An expert in strategic management and operations management, Hax teaches in MIT Sloan’s Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management Group.