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Venezuelan-born academic named president of MIT
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Dabei seit: 05.09.2012
AMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
on Wednesday named Rafael Reif, an electrical engineer born in Venezuela who
has been the university's provost since 2005, as its 17th president.
Reif, 61, replaces Susan Hockfield, the first female president of MIT, who
announced in mid-February that she was stepping down after al
http://www.learwatches.com/ most eight years leading one of the most
prestigious universities in the United States.Reif will take up his post at
the Cambridge, Massachusetts, university on July 2, the first MIT president
not to be a native English speaker.In his role as provost, the senior
academic official at the university, Reif helped create and implement a
strategy that allowed MIT to weather the global financial crisis, despite a
large decline in its endowment, and drove the growth of the university
overseas, from Abu Dhabi to Russia.He also led the development o f MITx,
the university's initiative in online learning, and pushed an effort to
increase diversity among the university's faculty.He takes over at a time
when many college graduates face crippling student debt and an uncertain job
market, and when MIT is preparing to launch a major fundraising campaign and
expand its online learning programs.Reif is the youngest of four sons of
migrs who fled Eastern Europe for Latin America in the late 1930s, living
first in Ecuador and Colombia before settling in Venezuela. Reif's father
worked as a photographer."I grew up in a home wealthy in integrity and
principles and values, but poor in everything material," Reif said at a news
conference to announce the appointment.Reif earned an undergraduate degree in
engineering from Venezuela's Universidad de Carabobo in 1973. He gained a
master's and PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University in
California and joined MIT in 1980.He was an early champion of the
university's work in micro- and nanotechnology. He holds 15 patents, has won
several teaching awards and has supervised 38 doctoral theses.(Reporting by
Ros Krasny; Editing by David Storey and Lisa Shumaker) U.S. People Venezuela
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