MIT Club of Washington DC

The Club of Washington DC is a dynamic, volunteer driven organization serving more than 8,000 area alumni/ae, students, parents, and friends. We welcome your participation by becoming a Club member,  coming to events, or volunteering. In the year ending June 30, 2014, we organized and/or participated in over 100 events.

February 2015 Newsletter


Event Highlights

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Steven Lerman, Ph.D. '75, GW Provost -- Academic Leadership at MIT & GW
Dr. Steven Lerman give us his views on education and research, based on his academic experience at MIT as an educator and at the George Washington Univerisity (GW) as Provost. As a prelude to his talk, read the Washington Post article about how GW just opened a massive science hall, aiming to rise in college research prominence. Dinner meeting at Maggiano's, Friendship Heights, DC. $46 members/guests; $53 non-members. Register by April 2.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Embassy of New Zealand
MIT and Reed College alums will enjoy an evening at the New Zealand Embassy. In celebration of over 50 years of US-NZ partnership in Antarctica, we will be welcomed by the New Zealand Ambassador, Mr. Mike Moore, and hear presentations by MIT/Reed College alumna Dr. Kelly Kenison Falkner, Director of the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) and NSF Division Director for Polar Programs, and Mr. Peter Beggs, Chief Executive, Antarctica New Zealand (AntNZ). They will talk about their national Antarctic research programs and their long-standing partnership. Additional members of the National Science Foundation USAP team, AntNZ, and Embassy staff will be on hand to answer questions. $21 pp members/guests; $26 pp non-members/guests. Register by April 1.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Jason Jay '10 -- Sloan Sustainability Initiative
Please join the MIT Sloan Office of External Relations for a special event this spring featuring Jason Jay, PhD '10 , Director, Sustainability Initiative and Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan. Sponsored by MIT Sloan, the MIT Sloan Club of Washington, DC, and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the event will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at USGBC Headquarters, 2101 L Street NW, 5th floor, Washington, DC 20037.  For more information and to register visit or contact Visit the Sustainability Initiative webpage at to learn, connect, and partner with MIT Sloan.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Tim Chartier -- Big Data: Googling Mathematics

The World Wide Web contains billions, if not trillions, of web pages. Yet, you can have a question, submit related words to a search engine, and within seconds see an ordered list of pages. The one listed first is considered, loosely speaking, the best web page related to your query. To do this, search engines search and bring order to a massive, dynamic dataset. How can math help measure the "importance" of a web page? Google's PageRank algorithm marked a distinctive improvement in search algorithms. We'll learn about this algorithm and how some try to use such knowledge to their advantage. Dinner meeting at Maggiano's in Friendship Heights, DC. $46 members/guests; $53 non-members. Register by April 14.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Kathy Hudson - The Precision Medicine Initiative
Kathy L Hudson, Ph.D., NIH Deputy Director of Science, Outreach and Policy, will speak to us about the Precision Medicine Initiative at a dinner meeting at the Kenwood Club in Bethesda. $43 per person for MIT or Harvard Club members/guests; $50 pp non-members/guests. Register by April 23.


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The following events are not yet open for registration. When they are, they will move to the "Event Highlights" section above.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Embassy of Jordan
We will enjoy an evening reception at the Embassy of Jordan.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

George M. Drakeley '78 -- Submersibles
We will enjoy a mid-day talk by George Drakeley '78 on submarine/submersible technology strategy at the Navy Cold War Museum.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Enjoy a private guided tour of the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Choose between arrival times of 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. Each tour starts 15 minutes after the arrival time and lasts one hour. Limited to 40 people for each of the 2 tours.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Annual Meeting -- Prof. Claude Canizares
Professor Canizares will be the speaker for our Annual Meeting. His topic is "MIT in the World and of the World." Dinner Meeting. Location TBD.


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