At MIT inauguration symposia, innovation and global engagement from MIT Sloan faculty and students

Published: September 13, 2012

Four days of events celebrate MIT community and new Institute president

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Innovation, global engagement, and the future of education highlight three symposiums next week, part of MIT’s community celebration surrounding the Sept. 21 inauguration of the Institute’s 17th president, L. Rafael Reif. The symposia are part of a Sept. 19-22 celebration themed “One Community, Together in Service.”

Each symposium is free, open to the public, and requires no reservation. MIT Sloan faculty and students will speak throughout the week. See the complete schedule. Community members are invited to attend as their schedules permit.

At “Infinite Innovation” on Wednesday, Sept. 19, Associate Professor Fiona Murray will discuss innovation as a social, organizational process, including the importance of teams, mentors, and feedback from customers. Dean David Schmittlein will facilitate a series of elevator pitches from MIT student entrepreneurs. Senior Lecturer Anjali Sastry, founder of MIT Sloan’s Global Health Delivery Lab, will speak as well.

On Thursday, Sept. 20, members of the MIT community will present short talks on their work around the world as part of “A Globally Engaged MIT.”

The Friday, Sept. 21 symposium, “The Future of Education,” will include a presentation about developing active leaders in the MIT Executive MBA program from program director Jonathan Lehrich, MBA ’05. Later, a panel titled “Rethinking Learning for the 21st Century” will include MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Lori Breslow and Michael E. Plasmeier, SB ’13 in Management and Computer Science.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, MIT holds a community celebration festival featuring a global barbeque, an Around the Dome Campus Quest, and the Beaver Dash 5K—and a few Smoots—race. See a complete schedule of events.