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, February 18, 2015

Scotch Tasting
We will have a scotch tasting experience at the historic City Tavern Club in Georgetown. $35 pp members/guests; $41 pp non-members. Register by February 12.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

National Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center Tour
Our tour will include viewing, from an observation deck, the new restoration facility which is currently gearing up to restore a WWII Marauder bomber aircraft. Docent-led 2-hour tour. Family event. Limited to five groups of 20 each. Members/guests only. Free but must register in advance. FULL

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. Professor Hastings is Director/CEO of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) initiative. Dinner meeting @ Seasons 52 in Tysons Corner. $45 members/guests; $52 non-members. ​Register by March 5.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Shakepeare's The Winter's Tale
In March of 2015, HalfMad Theater Company opens its season with Shakespeare’s tale of jealousy and forgiveness, The Winter’s Tale. Directed by Elizabeth Dapo and featuring Carol Spring '96, the play will be performed at the new Capital Fringe theatre at 1358 Florida Avenue NE, DC (same vicinity as H Street Corridor). 2:00 p.m.Sunday matinée with talkback/Q&A after the show. The play will run ~90-100 minutes with no intermission. $17 pp members/guests; $22 pp non-members. Purchase tickets by March 1.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Embassy of Estonia
We will be welcomed by Ambassador Eerik Marmei for a talk and reception. Limited to 70 people. Partners & patrons only at this time. $37 pp members/guests. Register by March 10.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

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. $13 members/guests; $18 non-members. Register by March 17.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Steve Obenschain - Laser Inertial Fusion
Steve Obenschain will give a talk on an attractive path to inertial fusion that could lead to practical fusion energy. Dr. Obenschain is Head of the Laser Plasma Branch of the Plasma Physics Division and leads the laser fusion program at the Naval Research Laboratory. Dinner meeting at the Kenwood Club in Bethesda. $43 pp members/guests; $50 pp non-members. Register by March 19.


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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Steven Lerman '72 -- GW Provost
Provost Lerman will speak to us at a dinner meeting at Maggiano's in DC.

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.

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Davidson College, Dr. Tim Chartier specializes in data analytics.  He frequently consults businesses on data analytics questions, which has included consulting on data analytics problems for ESPN's Sport Science program, the Weather Channel, the NBA and a fantasy sports site.  In 2014, he was named the inaugural Math Ambassador for the Mathematical Association of America, which also recognized Dr. Chartier's ability to communicate math with a national teaching award. His research and scholarship were recognized with the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. Published by Princeton University Press, He wrote Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate-Covered Pi, and Other Cool Bits in Computing and coauthored the textbook Numerical Methods: Design, Analysis, and Computer Implementation of Algorithms. Through the Teaching Company, Dr. Chartier completed a 24-lecture series entitled Big Data: How Data Analytics Is Transforming the World. He has also been a resource for a variety of media inquiries, which include appearances with NPR, the CBS Evening News, USA Today, and The New York Times.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Kathy Hudson
Kathy Hudson, NIH Director of Science, Outreach and Policy, will speak to us on a topic related to clinical trial data at a dinner meeting at the Kenwood Club in Bethesda.

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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