November 2018

Dear members of the MIT community,

It has been a remarkable few weeks since our official announcement of the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing — the most profound restructuring of the Institute since the early 1950s. As MIT President Rafael Reif told the community: we are positioning the Institute to thrive for decades to come. “This new college is our strategic response to a global phenomenon – the ubiquity of computing and the rise of AI,” he announced.

Provost Martin A. Schmidt, Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart, and I have engaged with students, faculty, and staff at packed forums to gather thoughtful input that will inform the structure of the new college. Additionally, I was thrilled that over 1,000 alumni from around the world registered for two webcasts featuring Q&A about the college with Executive Vice President and Treasurer Israel Ruiz, Vice President for Communications Nate Nickerson, and myself.

Our articles and video this month capture the high enthusiasm across the Institute about the rise of computing and the new college:

I welcome your feedback about the new college. Think of it as a vital connector that advances computing and links it to other fields. It will act as a bridge to all five schools and draw together faculty, students, staff, and resources. My question to you for next month: “What one piece of advice do you have to help MIT maximize the global impact of the college?


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Anantha P. Chandrakasan

Dean, MIT School of Engineering

Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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MIT reshapes itself to shape the future

Gift of $350 million establishes the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, an unprecedented, $1 billion commitment to world-changing breakthroughs and their ethical application.

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Bridge to the future of engineering

The School of Engineering’s faculty leadership weigh in on what the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing will mean for their students and faculty.

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The many interfaces of computing

These students are working on a huge range of problems that share a common theme: solving them will provide tangible benefits to society.

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Looking back at Project Athena

A revolutionary educational project from the 1980s put the tools of computation in students’ hands — and foreshadowed even greater changes.

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To build new college, MIT seeks campus and alumni input

Opportunities and new challenges were at the forefront of discussions about the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing.