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.

September 2014 Newsletter

Event Highlights

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Alan Guth -- Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse?
Alan Guth '68, will explain how inflation works, emphasizing how it can account for the properties of the cosmic background radiation, the afterglow of the Big Bang. An interesting feature of inflation is that almost all versions of it lead to eternal inflation, producing a "multiverse" of  "pocket universes," one of which would be our own. Reception and Talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), DC. $39 pp members/guests; $45 pp non-members. Registration is closed.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Briefing on Student Robotics Opportunities
All alums are welcome to attend and bring friends and family who may be interested. Regional Directors of the various FIRST organizations for this area will describe the robotics programs and the opportunities. Come and share the excitement! Free.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Studio Theatre Backstage Tour
David Muse, Artistic Director of the Studio Theatre, will be our host for a one-hour backstage tour followed by a reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, and soft drinks.  $37 pp members/guests; $43 pp non-members. Register by November 10.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Matt Brinckman -- Reviving the American Chestnut Tree
Matt Brinckman is The American Chestnut Foundation's  Mid-Atlantic Regional Scientist. His presentation will cover the history, demise, and restoration efforts of the American Chestnut in the United States, including economic, ecological, cultural, and technical aspects of this iconic tree species. (For more information, listen to a 4-minute audio clip from Bonnie Ralston of Allegheny Mountain Radio on reviving the American Chestnut, with Matt Brinckman explaining his project.) Lecture at UDC. $5 pp members/guests; $10 pp non-members. Register by November 25.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

John Glowienka -- Fusion Energy R&D: Starbuilding on Earth
Dr. Glowienka is the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Program Manager, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy. He will discuss the ITER project at a dinner meeting at the Kenwood Club in Bethesda. $43 pp members/guests; $50 pp non-members. Register by December 4.

  

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Tour
From an observation deck, we expect to view the new restoration facility which is currently gearing up to restore a WWII Marauder bomber aircraft. Docent-led tour. Family Event.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Daniel E. Hastings -- Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology
MIT has a substantial history of international activities related to research and education, and the expanding global connections of the 21st century are providing the Institute with increasing opportunities to engage in projects and collaborations outside of the U.S. MIT has been involved in Singapore since 1999 with the SMA-1 and SMA-2 programs. These programs laid the basis for the current involvement of the Singapore MIT Alliance in Research and Technology (SMART) and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Singapore represents an existing MIT base in Asia. This is especially of value given that the leading economic indicators as well as R&D indicators show Asia as a place of increasing strength relative to the position of the US. Singapore has shown a willingness to think creatively in the long term about its research needs as well as the research needs to which it can contribute in the future. It has defined several large scale challenges that it faces as a city and which other cities will face. The talk will describe the MIT program in SMART, the large scale interdisciplinary intellectual challenges that are being addressed spanning human systems, energy systems, urban systems and environmental systems as well as the benefits to MIT and Singapore that both sides are seeing.

Professor Hastings is Director/CEO of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) initiative, and the Cecil and Ida Green Education Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at MIT. He spearheads SMART Centre’s vision to create the model for globalized research collaborations and shape multinational interdisciplinary research. Prior to this, he was MIT’s dean of undergraduate education from 2006 to 2013, supporting innovations in student learning--both in and outside the classroom--as well as promoting global educational opportunities and student diversity.  He earned a Ph.D. and an S.M, from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1980 and 1978 respectively, after receiving his B.A. in Mathematics from Oxford University in 1976. He joined the MIT faculty as an assistant professor in 1985, advancing to associate professor in 1988 and full professor in 1993. Prof. Hastings served the Engineering Systems Division (ESD) as the Director of the Technology and Policy Program from 2000-2003, Associate Director of ESD from July 2001 - April, 2003, Co-Director from May, 2003 - June, 2004, and Director from July 2004 - December 2005.

Prof. Hastings served as Chief Scientist to the U.S. Air Force from 1997 to 1999. In that role, he served as chief scientific adviser to the Chief of Staff and the Secretary and provided assessments on a wide range of scientific and technical issues affecting the Air Force mission.

Dinner Meeting at Seasons 52, Tysons Corner.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Annual Career Workshop
For the 19th year the MIT Club, in conjunction the MIT Sloan School of Management, will present a career development workshop for all MIT alums. This year the meeting is jointly organized by the MIT Club and the newly formed MIT Sloan Club. Sandwich buffet & workshop. Offices of Capgemini in DC. 

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Annual Meeting -- Prof. Claude Canizares
Professor Canizares will be the speaker for our Annual Meeting. Dinner Meeting. Location TBD.

  

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