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MIT elects 10 members to Corporation

CAMBRIDGE, Mass--The Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's board of trustees elected two life members and eight term members at its quarterly meeting today, Friday, June 6, held just before the Institute's 131st Commencement Exercises.

The results of the election, which included Dr. Paul E. Gray, were announced by Dr. Gray in his capacity as Chairman of the Corporation.

Elected to life membership, effective July 1, 1997, were:

Paul E. Gray '54, Chairman of the MIT Corporation, 1990 &endash; 1997, Cambridge, Mass.

Paul E. Gray, a native of Newark, New Jersey, came to MIT as a freshman in 1950. He earned the S.B. degree in 1954, the S.M. degree in 1955, and the Sc.D. degree in 1960, all in Electrical Engineering. He was named an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering in 1960, an associate professor in 1964, and professor in 1967. He began his administrative career in 1965, serving over the next six years as Associate Dean, Assistant Provost, Associate Provost, and Dean of the School of Engineering. In 1971, he was appointed to the new role of Chancellor.

Serving in that capacity until 1980, Dr. Gray succeeded Dr. Jerome B. Wiesner as the 18th President of MIT. In 1990, Paul Gray was elected Chairman of MIT's Corporation, succeeding Dr. David S. Saxon. He steps down as Chairman on June 30, 1997, to return to teaching at MIT.

Dr. Gray has received numerous awards and honors, including the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Imperial Decoration of Japan, 1992; Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1961 &endash; 1963 and MIT's C.E. Tucker Award for Teaching. He received a MIT Bronze Beaver Award in 1978 and became a Founding Life Sustaining Member in 1979.

Dr. Gray serves as a Director on the Boards of Arthur D. Little, Inc.; The Boeing Company; Eastman Kodak Company; New England Investment Companies, L.P. and New England Life Insurance Company. He is a Life Trustee at the Museum of Science.

George N. Hatsopoulos '49, Founder, Chairman of the Board, and President, Thermo Electron Corporation, Waltham, Mass.

George Hatsopoulos received the S.B. and S.M. degrees in Mechanical Engineering in 1950, the degree of Mechanical Engineer in 1954, and the Sc.D. in 1956. Dr. Hatsopoulos was a member of the Mechanical Engineering Faculty from 1956 to 1962 and continued his association with the department as a Senior Lecturer until 1990.

In 1956 Dr. Hatsopoulos founded Thermo Electron Corporation whose principal businesses include manufacturing of environmental and analytical instruments, alternative-energy power plants and biomedical products. Dr. Hatsopoulos holds patents on several thermionic processes and is the author of several texts and articles. He won a MIT Corporate Leadership Award in 1980 and has been a Corporation Member since 1992.

Elected to 5-year term memberships, effective July 1, 1997, were:

Gregory K. Arenson'70 *, Partner, Kaplan, Kilsheimer and Fox LLP, New York City

Gregory Arenson received the S.B. degree in Economics from MIT in 1971 and the J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1975. Mr. Arenson has been a mediator in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York since 1993. Since 1989, he has been chair of the Committee on Discovery of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York Bar Association. Mr. Arenson co-edited Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 1993 Amendments, A Practical Guide, published by the New York State Bar Association in 1994. He has served on the MIT Alumni/ae Fund Board since 1989.
*(Alumni Association Nominee)

Osie "V" Combs, Jr. '77, Rear Admiral(L), United States Navy, Chief Engineer, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, in Arlington, Virginia.

Rear Admiral Combs graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 1971 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. From 1974 &endash; 1977, he attended MIT, where he earned a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Naval Engineer professional degree (Naval Architecture). In 1983 he became Assistant Project Manager for construction of LOS ANGELES (SSN 688) class submarines. Between 1985 and 1992, Rear Admiral Combs held several positions involving construction, design, and development of the SEAWOLF Attack Submarine Program, in Groton, Connecticut. He also had three sea assignments: USS PROTEUS (1983 &endash; 1985); USS WOODROW WILSON(1980); and USS CORAL SEA (1971 &endash; 1974).

Norman E. Gaut '64, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, PictureTel Corporation, Andover, Mass.

Dr. Norman E. Gaut received a B.A. degree in Physics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1959. He was trained as a meteorologist by the U.S. Air Force, also at UCLA. He received an M.S. degree in 1964 and a Ph.D. in 1967 in planetarygeophysics from MIT. Dr. Gaut co-founded Environmental Research and Technology, Inc., and in 1968 and held the position of Vice President from 1968 to 1977, and President from 1977 through 1985. In 1985, he joined PictureTel Corporation and held the position of President and CEO from 1986 until 1997 and is now Chairman and CEO.

Lissa A. Martinez '76 *, Consultant, San Antonio, Texas

Lissa Martinez received the S.B. degree in Ocean Engineering from MIT in 1976. In 1980, she received the S.M. degree from the Technology and Public Policy Program, awarded by the Department of Ocean Engineering at MIT.

Ms. Martinez worked as a general engineer at the U.S. Maritime Administration's Office of Ship Construction from 1976 to 1983. In 1984, she was selected as the first Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering. From 1985 to 1988, she worked as a staff mechanical engineer for the U.S. Coast Guard. Beginning in mid 1988, she established a private consulting practice specializing in maritime environmental protection and in maritime health and safety.
*(Alumni Association Nominee)

DuWayne J. Peterson, Jr. '55*, President, DuWayne Peterson Associates, Pasadena, California

DuWayne Peterson received the S.B. degree in Business and Engineering Administration from MIT in 1955 and the M.B.A. degree from UCLA in 1963. Mr. Peterson worked as Vice President for Systems Development and Data Processing at Citibank from 1970 to 1973. From 1973 to 1977 he was Staff Vice President for Management Information Systems at the RCA Corporation. In 1977 he joined Security Pacific Corporation as Senior Vice President and was named Chairman of Security Pacific Automation Company in 1984. In 1986 he became Executive Vice President of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., in New York City. In 1991 he retired from Merrill Lynch and returned to California. He has been a Corporation Member since 1986, including a one-year term ex officio (1996-1997) when he served as President of the Association of Alumni and Alumnae of MIT.
*(Alumni Association Nominee)

Gerhard H. Schulmeyer '74 , President and CEO, Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG, Munich, Germany

Gerhard Schulmeyer earned Bachelor of Science degrees from Ingenieur Schule in 1962 and the University of Frankfurt in 1967. He received the Master of Science degree from the Sloan Fellows Program at MIT in 1974. From 1980 &endash; 1989 he worked for Chicago-based Motorola Inc., becoming Senior Vice President and General Manager in 1985. Mr. Schulmeyer joined ABB Asea Brown Boveri in 1989 as an Executive Vice President and Director of the parent company, and as President and CEO of its Western Hemisphere subsidiary, ABB America. Mr. Schulmeyer joined Siemens Nixdorf in January 1994. He joined the Siemens Nixdorf board in July 1994 and assumed his duties as President and CEO in October of that year.

Susan E. Whitehead, Esq., Wellesley Hills, Mass.

Susan E. Whitehead received the B.S. degree from Cornell University in 1976, and the J.D. degree from Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in 1982. Between 1990 and 1993, Ms. Whitehead maintained a private law practice, with a specialty in criminal defense litigation, in Boston. From 1986 to 1987, she worked for the Brooklyn Law School in New York and as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn from 1982 to 1985. Ms. Whitehead founded and directed an education program for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at its Research Station in Westchester County, New York, from 1976 to 1978. She is currently a Board Member at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.

Robert E. Wilhelm '62, Director and Senior Vice President, Exxon Corporation, Irving, Texas

Robert E. Wilhelm received the Bachelor of Science degree in Humanities and Science from MIT in 1962, and the Master's degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1964. Mr. Wilhelm has spent his entire career at the Exxon Corporation. Currently he is responsible for Exxon's world-wide marketing, refining, and transportation of petroleum products; research in petroleum products and processes; accounting and financial controls; and Exxon's United States petroleum and natural gas business. He is one of four members of the Exxon Management Committee. He was elected a senior vice president of Exxon in 1990 and a member of the Board of Directors in 1992.

The nominee from recent classes, who will also serve a five-year term, is Elisabeth A. Stock, '90, a White House Fellow.

Elisabeth Stock received the S.B. degree in Mechanical Engineering and the S.B. degree in Humanities in 1990 from MIT. In 1995, she received a Master's degree in Technology and Policy and a Master's degree in City Planning, also from MIT.

Ms. Stock has been working at the White House since 1996. She manages the nation-wide "Computers for Education" program. From 1994 to 1996, Ms. Stock worked for the World Bank as a Rural Infrastructure Specialist. From 1990 to 1992, Ms. Stock served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, where she taught mathematics and developed an AIDS seminar. She holds a patent for an intravenous bag alarm system (1992), and has received numerous awards in both mechanical engineering design and playwriting.

Serving as an ex-officio member of the Corporation in 1997-1998, in his capacity as the incoming President of the Association of Alumni and Alumnae, is Robert M. Metcalfe '68, Executive Correspondent, InfoWorld and Vice President/Technology, International Data Group.

Robert Metcalfe received the S.B. degree in Electrical Engineering and in Management from MIT in 1969; his Master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University in 1970, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1973, also from Harvard. In 1973, while working at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) of the Xerox Corporation, he invented Ethernet, a system for local network communications.

In 1979 Dr. Metcalfe founded 3Com Corporation and oversaw its development to a level of over $400 million in annual sales. In March 1992, he was named Publisher/Chief Executive Officer of InfoWorld, a newsweekly for corporate PC managers, and a publication of International Data Group (IDG). He became IDG's Vice President for Technology in 1994. Mr. Metcalfe has been a Corporation Member since 1992.

In 1986, he established the Robert M. Metcalfe Professorship in Engineering and the Liberal Arts.

As of July 1, 1997, the MIT Corporation will be comprised of 73 distinguished leaders in education, science, engineering and industry, 20 of whom are life members. In addition, 26 are life members emeriti, participating in meetings but without a vote.

The officers of the Corporation are: the Chairman, Alexander V. d'Arbeloff (MIT 1949); the President, Charles M. Vest; the Treasurer, Glenn P. Strehle (MIT, 1958); and the Secretary, Kathryn A. Willmore. In addition, other ex officio members include Massachusetts Governor William F. Weld; Herbert P. Wilkins, the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; and Robert V. Antonucci, Massachusetts Commissioner of Education.

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