01 November 2009

President Magnanti ~ New Uni Hires MIT Prof...

Great to see Singapore announce the formal selection of MIT Institute Professor and Engineering Dean-Emeritus Tom Magnanti as the Founding President of the new Singapore University of Technology and Design. This new Uni will be quite unique in having inter-disciplinary programs across four prime domains, including Architecture and Sustainable Design, Engineering Product Design, Engineering Systems and System Design, and Information Engineering and Design. Magnanti has long ties to Singapore, including helping start and run the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) and serving as founding director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (Smart). I personally know him from his time running the MIT School of Engineering where he championed the new Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, the UPOP Program, and was a strong supporter of the Lemelson-MIT Invention program and student-run MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition.

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