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, 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.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ivy Social @ International Student House
We return to this hidden gem at our March reception at the Historic International Student House (ISH). This 19th century Tudor style mansion with oak paneled walls, fine stonework, antiques, and artwork is now the home to ISH, a non-profit serving visiting scholars, interns, and clerks working at our major institutions, embassies, and Congress. Join us for food, wine, and fine conversation with fellow Ivy alumni. $36 pp ($35 plus $1 processing fee) through Thursday night, March 12. $46.30 pp ($45 plus $1.30 processing fee) starting midnight, 12:00 a.m., Friday, March 13, including at-door registrations. No checks or cash accepted at-door.

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. $20 pp members/guests; $23 pp non-members. Registration is closed.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Embassy of Estonia
We will be welcomed by Ambassador Eerik Marmei for a talk and reception. Limited to 70 people. Members only. $37 pp members/guests. FULL

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.

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. Dinner meeting at Maggiano's, Friendship Heights, DC. $46 members/guests; $53 non-members. Register by April 2.

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.


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Friday, April 10, 2015

New Zealand Embassy
MIT and Reed College alums will enjoy a joint event at the New Zealand Embassy. In celebration of over 50 years of US-NZ partnership in Antarctica, we will 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.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Kathy Hudson -- Clinical Trial Data
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.

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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