Ian A. Waitz
Dean of Engineering
There’s no place like MIT. We are a home for education, research, and innovation — and for the people who make these things happen. For many in our community, the distinction between workspace and living space is nearly invisible. As the head of house at Sidney-Pacific dorm and a two-time MIT alumna, Julie Shah knows this as well as anyone.
Lately, we have become acutely aware that MIT is a home to people who come from all parts of the globe to learn, do experiments, and advance our mission. This diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and viewpoints strengthens who we are, and it better enables us tackle the world's most challenging problems.
Moreover, when anyone in our family is going through personal struggles, we rally to their side. We recently had an opportunity to do so. In the words of President Reif: “We need to imagine a shared future together.”
Last week I announced that I will step down as dean of the School of Engineering, effective June 30. I have no immediate plans for my next steps. I remain deeply honored to have served in this role and look forward to communicating with you once more via this email.
Ten times stronger than steel yet lightweight
Being an international student at MIT
Modifying popular compiler yields more efficient parallel programs
A wearable device that can detect a conversation's tone
Empowering cancer treatment with machine learning
Novel genetic switch boosts bacteria’s productivity
On board for the new space race
Climate chaos for the West Coast
Eight MIT faculty inducteed into the NAE