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The 21st Century's Technology Story

Story posted March 24, 2014

Event date(s): December 01, 2010 — December 01, 2010

Tuesday, March 25th at 7:30 pm in Kresge Auditorium

Susan Hockfield, the 16th president of MIT and a professor of Neuroscience, will give the Kates Lecture, titled, "The 21st Century's Technology Story: Biology, Physics, and Engineering Converge." In response to her leadership as a president, in 2006 MIT launched the MIT Energy Initiative, known as MITEI ("mighty"), a $359 million effort to accelerate research, policy, and education to achieve a clean energy future. In recognition of MITEI's momentum, in October 2009 US President Barack Obama became the first American president to speak at MIT and visit its research laboratories.

The first life scientist to lead MIT, she championed the breakthroughs emerging from the historic convergence of the life sciences with the engineering and physical sciences, in fields from clean energy to cancer, including the founding of MIT’s David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. She also was the first female to act as president of MIT, where half of all undergraduate students are female, and as such made increasing the diversity of the institution a major goal of hers. While president of the college, she stated, “I want MIT to be the dream of every child who wants to grow up to make the world a better place. We need to reach those young explorers and bring them with us on the great adventure of discovery and innovation.”