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

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Dr. Robert Rubinovitz (Sarasota)
Dr. Rubinovitz will be sharing his thoughts on The Role of the Commerce Department in the US Economy.  Rob is the Deputy Chief Economist in the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration. In that role he conducts research into topics such as competitiveness, innovation and jobs.   He also manages a staff of economists that analyzes current economic indicators and provides research support for other Bureaus in the Department and other parts of the Government.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Professor Hammond Meeting (Naples)
Professor Paula T. Hammond will discuss Designing Drug Release Surfaces Nanolayers at a Time, From Implants to Cancer.   Dr. Hammond's laboratory emphasizes the molecular design and synthesis of self-assembling polymeric systems for a range of electro-optical, electro-mechanical and biological applications. In cancer research, they focus on the generation of polymer-based films and nanoparticles for drug delivery.  Nanoparticles have the potential to protect drugs in the blood stream during delivery so that they are not prematurely broken down or excreted.   They increase solubility, accessibility and longevity so that a potent drug can more easily reach the tumor.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dr. Avent Meeting (Sarasota)
Dr. Randy K. Avent is the founding President of Florida Polytechnic University, the newest of the state’s 12 public universities and the only polytechnic university in the State University System of Florida. He is responsible for the development and operation of the university and is committed to strategically developing Florida Poly as a research and jobs university, an agent for growth and a beacon for the economy. At Florida Polytechnic, Dr. Avent focuses on the core STEM disciplines of Engineering, Analytics & Informatics, and Computer Science, which are considered key to economic growth and prosperity for Florida and the nation as a whole.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Professor Griffith Meeting (Naples)
Professor Linda G. Griffith directs the Center for Gynepathology Research (CGR) at MIT, which she launched in 2009 together with Dr. Keith Isaacson, Director of the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecology Surgery.  The CGR now has over 10 participating faculty at MIT and collaborates with surgeons and scientists in Brazil, Singapore, and across the US. Professor Griffith was honored at the EFA’s annual Blossom Ball in NYC in 2010 for her efforts to raise awareness about endometriosis among scientists and engineers
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Membership Renewal Time!

It is winter again and many of our alumni/ae have returned to Southwest Florida. Even though the Alumni Association and our fiscal year start July 1 and end June 30, most of our events are held during the winter and that is when most of you pay your club dues. Please don’t forget to pay your 2015/2016 club dues. Remember that dues are needed to help defray club expenses and to support our Science and Engineering Program for Teachers scholarships. Please visit our Membership page and click on “Pay Club Dues".