Leaders in Science and Engineering: The Women of MIT


MIT got a wake-up call with the landmark 1996 and 1999 reports of the Faculty Committees on Women in Science at MIT, which brought to light a pattern of gender discrimination at the Institute. Since then, significant changes have been made and on March 28 and 29, we will celebrate the leadership roles played by women at MIT in science and engineering.

The symposium will feature plenary sessions describing the remarkable research done by outstanding women from the ranks of MIT graduates and faculty. In addition, actress and alumna Gioia De Cari SM ’88 will perform her play, Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through MIT’s Math Maze.

Speakers include:

  • Lotte Bailyn, T. Wilson (1953) Professor of Management Emerita, Sloan School of Management
  • Robert Birgeneau, Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley
  • Mildred Dresselhaus, MIT Institute Professor Emerita
  • Nancy Hopkins, Amgen, Inc. Professor of Biology, MIT
  • Shirley Ann Jackson ’68 PhD ’73, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Cherry Murray ’73 PhD ’78, John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Physics, Harvard University
  • Abigail Stewart, Sandra Schwartz Tangri Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan
  • Charles M. Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering

For more information, visit the event website


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