Welcome to the MIT Club of Southwest Florida!

The MIT Club of Southwest Florida serves Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumni and alumnae in Southwest Florida extending from Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs, and Fort Myers to Sarasota and Bradenton.

We sponsor a wide variety of events, including lectures, seminars, social events, plant tours, and museum trips. Events are open to all MIT alumni/ae and their guests. You do not have to be a paid member to attend events, but paid members do get discounts to some events. This website is your gateway to activities and news for the Club of Southwest Florida, a way to find out what your fellow alumni are doing and stay connected.

Upcoming Meetings

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Professor Kotler Meeting (Sarasota)
Professor Kotler will be discussing Confronting Capitalism - Real Solutions for a Troubled Economic System.  With the fall of the Berlin Wall, one economic model emerged triumphant - Capitalism.   But some suggest that trouble is cracking its shiny veneer.  In the U.S., Europe, and Japan, economic growth has slowed down.  Wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few; natural resources are exploited for short-term profit; and good jobs are hard to find.   With piercing clarity, Professor Kotler will explain major problems undermining capitalism.   Amidst his dire assessment of what's ailing us, Professor Kotler delivers a heartening message: We can turn things around.   He will identify the best ideas, linking private and public initiatives into a force for positive change.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Alexander Reben Meeting (Naples)
Alexander Reben will be discussing social robotics, emotional machines and the world's first robot documentarian.  Alex Reben is an artist and roboticist who designs robots and novel interfaces to explore our evolving relationship with technology.  He focuses on human-machine relationships, synthetic psychology, artificial philosophy and robot ethics.  He regularly lectures on his work and has spoken at TED@NewYork, TEDx, Google, Aspen Ideas Festival, TTI Vanguard, SXSW and others.   His most well known interactive installation, Robots in Residence - a documentary shot and directed by robots - was showcased at the Tribeca Film Festival and is currently one of the GoogleX moonshot projects in cloud robotics.
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The following is our meeting schedule for 2016.  All meetings begin at 11:30 A.M.  Please check back later for additional details.

In Naples:
Thursday, February 18, 2016, Professor Paula Hammond, Chairman, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT

Thursday, March 24, 2016 (Revised), Professor Linda G. Griffith, MIT School of Engineering Professor of Teaching Innovation, Biological Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering

In Sarasota:
Tuesday, February 16, 2016, Dr. Robert Rubinovitz ,Deputy Chief Economist, U.S Department of Commerce

Tuesday, March 22, 2016, Dr. Randy K. Avent, President, Florida Polytechnic University