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

Due to the seasonal nature of our membership, our club events are normally held January through March.  The following is our preliminary meeting schedule for 2017.  All meetings begin at 11:30 A.M. unless noted otherwise.  Please check back later in the year for additional details.

In Naples:

Wednesday,  January 11, 2017  Dr. Renee Gosline, MIT, named one of the World’s Top 40 Professors under 40 by Poets and Quants, an MIT “Iron Professor,” and a scholar at the MIT Center for Digital Business ( http://mitsloan.mit.edu/faculty-and-research/faculty-directory/detail/?id=41269 )

Wednesday,  February 8, 2017  Prof. Rainer Weiss, MIT, Inventor interferometric gravitational wave observation. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainer_Weiss)

 Friday,  March 10,  2017
  Naples Trust/ Sanibel / Captiva Trust Company,  largest independent Trust Company in Southwest Florida ( http://www.sancaptrustco.com/about-us/mission-vision/ )

In Sarasota:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017  Prof. David Gillman, New College, FL and MIT Alum, Computer Science - Data Science Program - Gender Studies -Interdisciplinary Programs - Natural Sciences ( https://www.ncf.edu/directory/listing/david-gillman/ ).

Thursday, February 16, 2017  
David R. Martinez  of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory,  Associate Division Head of the Cyber Security and Information Sciences Division (
https://www.ll.mit.edu/mission/cybersec/cybersecmartinez.html ).

Thursday, March 16, 2017  Dr. Paul Carr, MIT Alum, Physicist and Climatologist (
http://mirrorofnature.org/ClimateIEEEDebatePaper.html ).

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Sad News

Very sadly, Dr. Martin V. Zombeck, '57, '69 , passed away on September 29, 2016 in Portland, Maine.   Martin was a wonderful friend and a beacon of our club.   He and his wife, Monique, enthusiastically participated in every aspect of club life.   Martin was very instrumental in planning our events.   Notable speakers who Martin invited included Claude Canizares, Associate Provost, Ed Bertschinger, Physics Chair, Richard Schrock, Nobel Chemist, Josh Winn, Exo planet Scientist, Richard Lester, Nuclear Chair, and Richard Lindzen, Atmospheric Scientist. To Martin's great tribute, he also made arrangements for Rainer Weiss, a professor of physics emeritus at MIT to speak to the club in Naples on February 8, 2017.  Prof. Weiss is best known for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, for which he has most recently received numerous prizes.

Martin also served for many years as our Webmaster and he and his lovely wife Monique were the welcoming committee (with badges of course) at almost every MIT SWFL Club event (Naples and Sarasota).

Prior to his retirement, Martin had been a senior physicist working on X-ray astronomy at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.   He is author of the Handbook of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics and was diligently in the process of putting together the 4th edition.

Martin was a Vice President of the Class of 1957, Co-chair of the Class of 1957 Reunion Committee, the Class of 1957 Webmaster and was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity.

Martin did everything to the fullest. Incomplete was not a word in his vocabulary. His great legacy will live on.

Bob Gurnitz


Membership Renewal Time!

As winter approaches many of our alumni/ae are returning 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 2016/2017 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".

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