100 Years of Transformation

John Guttag, “the robot” and Rodney Brooks speaking about robotics research at the Engineering Human-Machine Relationships session on May 23. Photo by Donna Coveney, MIT News Office

John Guttag, “the robot” and Rodney Brooks speaking about robotics research at the Engineering Human-Machine Relationships session on May 23. Photo by Donna Coveney, MIT News Office

In May, over 900 alumni and friends helped us celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Electrical Engineering Department. Despite some truly dreadful weather, the celebration was an enormous success.

On Friday, President Vest kicked off a day long symposium with a wonderful tribute to the department. This was followed by a series of talks by EECS faculty members, mostly featuring current research activities. The day culminated with a festive banquet for over 400 at the Park Plaza.

On Saturday, people returned to campus to visit research laboratories, to learn about innovative teaching activities, and to get an update on the Stata Center. If you missed the event (or even if you didn’t), the accompanying quotations and pictures will give you some sense of what went on.
— John Guttag

MIT President Charles M. Vest talking with Maria and Ray Stata, 1957, at the Park Plaza predinner reception. Photo by L. Barry Hetherington

MIT President Charles M. Vest talking with Maria and Ray Stata, 1957, at the Park Plaza predinner reception. Photo by L. Barry Hetherington

“Nowhere on the planet exists another academic department that has had such an extreme impact and import on defining its own field academically and in the practice of its profession than the MIT EECS Department. EECS retains a remarkable esprit de corps, a remarkable commitment to undergraduate teaching. We have good reason to be bold and confident in our future.” — MIT President, Charles Vest, EECS 100th Symposium

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