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 2014/2015 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".

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

Friday, February 27, 2015

Dr. Silbey Meeting (Naples)
Dr. Susan S. Silbey will be discussing "Bad Apples or A Rotting Barrel: Contradictions of American Individualism”. Is professional and corporate misconduct caused by a few weak, uninformed, or misguided individuals making poor choices? A few rotten apples are giving the barrel a bad name; or could professional and corporate misconduct derive, at least in part, from features of the organizations and social settings in which they take place - the rotting barrels. This talk identifies cultural and structural features of contemporary American society that undermine ethical behavior and foster professional misconduct.

Monday, March 02, 2015

High-Tech in Sarasota (Sarasota)
Is There Really High-Tech in Sarasota?
Everyone knows the Sarasota area for the white sandy beaches, the arts, and the unique island lifestyle, but did you know that there is actually a wealth of small high-tech startups right here in our own back yard? This event will focus on the ever-growing presence of high-tech companies in the Sarasota area and how can MIT alumni can influence and enhance the future development of this trend.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Cecilia D'Oliveria Meeting (Naples)
Cecilia d’Oliveira is Associate Dean of Digital Learning within the Office of Digital Learning (ODL) at MIT and will be speaking about Reinventing Education. Digital Learning at MIT.  For the past 12 years, OpenCourseWare (OCW) has worked with faculty and staff across MIT to make the core teaching materials from MIT classes openly available on the Internet for free and open access. Materials from over 2000 classes have been accessed by over 150 million people. In 2012, MIT launched the MITx initiative, and since then MIT has offered dozens of massive open online courses (MOOCs) for free to learners around the on the edX platform, each enrolling thousands of students. This presentation will focus on the current status of MITx and OCW, with a focus on the current and anticipated impact of digital learning on residential education at MIT and beyond.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dr. Andrew Kadak Meeting (Sarasota)
At one point in time, there were 104 operating nuclear plants in the US generating close to 20% of the nation’s electric energy needs. Today that number is 100 and likely to decline in the future as low priced “fracked” natural gas puts even older less expensive nuclear plants in non-competitive positions resulting in their shutdown. Dr. Andrew Kadak was President and CEO of the Yankee Atomic Electric Company. Subsequently he was Professor of the Practice in MIT's Nuclear Engineering Department. Dr. Kadak will be discussing "Is There a Future for Nuclear Power in the U.S.?  Should there Be"?


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