MIT Commemorates the Life of Institute Professor Mildred Dresselhaus

“Celebrating our Millie: The Legacy and Impact of Mildred Dresselhaus” is free and open to the public

November 22, 2017

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CAMBRIDGE, MA – On Sunday, November 26th, family, friends, colleagues, and admirers of Institute Professor Mildred “Millie” Dresselhaus will gather at MIT to honor her life with the event, “Celebrating our Millie: The Legacy and Impact of Mildred Dresselhaus.” The free gathering, which is open to the public, will take place from 1:30-7:30 PM in MIT’s Building 10, Room 250.

The program will begin with opening remarks from MIT President L. Rafael Reif before Dresselhaus’ family and colleagues guide guests through her impressive life. From her groundbreaking research in nanotechnology, thermoelectrics, and carbon, to her tireless work to improve the climate for women in STEM, the day will serve as a warm reminder of the oversized impact Dresselhaus had on the world of science. In addition to the speaking program, there will also be musical tributes, a poster session and a reception.

Dresselhaus, who was commonly referred to as the “Queen of Carbon,” passed away in February at age 86. She spent 57 years at MIT, where she served as a professor of physics and electrical engineering and computer science. In 1985, she was the first woman to receive the title of Institute Professor. She was the recipient of countless awards for her work, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Science in Engineering. Dresselhaus gained mainstream recognition at the end of her life, including a star turn in the popular GE ad, “What If Millie Dresselhaus, Female Scientist, Was Treated Like A Celebrity.”

Celebrating our Millie: The Legacy and Impact of Mildred Dresselhaus

Sunday, November 26th
1:30 – 7:30 PM

Building 10, Room 250 (second floor)
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA

Reporters are welcome. Those interested attending should RSVP to to ensure access, as space may become limited.


Topics: Research Laboratory for Electronics, Carbon, Faculty, conferences and events, Special events and speakers, Women in STEM, MIT.nano, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, Electrical engineering and computer science (EECS), nanoscience and nanotechology