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The Annual Charles L. Miller Lecture

Challenges and Opportunities Facing MIT: A View from the Provost's Office

By L. Rafael Reif
Provost, MIT

About L. Rafael Reif:
ReifReif is the Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technology and has been MIT’s Provost since 2005.

He received the degree of Ingeniero Electrico in 1973 from Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 1975 and 1979, respectively. From 1973 to 1974 he was an Assistant Professor at Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela. In 1978 he became a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University. In 1980 Dr. Reif joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was the Director of MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories for the period 1990-1999, the Associate Department Head for Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) for the period 1999-2004, and the Department Head of EECS for the period 2004-2005.

Dr. Reif held the Analog Devices Career Development Professorship of MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and was awarded the IBM Faculty Fellowship of MIT's Center for Materials Science and Engineering from 1980 to 1982. He received a United States Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1984. Dr. Reif is a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). His election carried the citation "For pioneering work in the low-temperature epitaxial growth of semiconductor thin films". Dr. Reif is also a recipient of the Semiconductor Research Corporation’s (SRC) 2000 Aristotle Award “in recognition for his commitment to the educational experience of SRC students and the profound and continuing impact he has had on their professional careers and of a 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the Electrochemical Society, and the IEEE.

About the Series:
This lecture series is named for Charles L. Miller, who joined the Civil Engineering faculty in 1955, and served as head of the department from 1962-1969. Miller conceived a problem-oriented computer language to support surveying and highway design (COGO – Coordinate Geometry). He generalized this new tool into ICES (Integrated Civil Engineering Systems) with applications in structural engineering, highway design, project management and many other fields. Remarkably, this software concept, developed in the 1960s, is still in active use around the world and has been a success as a change agent for both the academic field of civil and environmental engineering and its commercial applications.

Miller’s tenure as department head in CEE is notable for the renewal of that department through strategic faculty appointments, expanded research funding and a host of new ideas. In addition to ICES, Miller founded the Civil Engineering Systems Lab (CESL) which, in many ways, was a precursor to the Engineering Systems Division.


Event Details:

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Grier Room B (34-401B)

Open to: Entire MIT Community

Co-sponsored by: MIT Engineering Systems Division and MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering Department


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