Speeches

“Science, math and engineering can give you the exhilarating power to become not mere spectators or consumers, but the active explorers, makers and doers who will help invent the future.”                 - Susan Hockfield

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November 07, 2005
Good afternoon. I would like to thank Professor Rosalind H. Williams and her colleagues in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society for the invitation to deliver this year’s Miller Lecture. It is a great privilege to be with you on this occasion. This afternoon, I would like to talk about some large issues that affect all of us in this university community. It is all too easy for us to...
September 14, 2005
It is a pleasure to be here. I am grateful to Paul Guzzi for inviting me to join you this morning. And I’m glad to have this occasion to salute the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber does very important work – not just on behalf of our local business community, but more broadly, on behalf of all of us in the Charles River basin. Our local economy is unique, and Paul and his...
August 29, 2005
Good afternoon. Welcome, families. Welcome, friends. And most of all, welcome, members of the Class of 2009! It is a great privilege to greet you at the beginning of your time at MIT, at this Freshman Convocation. Convocation is a gathering to welcome you into the MIT community – to give you some words of introduction, and some words of advice. (But not too many.) I am joined by a few of the...
May 26, 2005
It is a pleasure to be here. I am grateful to Tom Finneran for offering me the chance to join you this morning. And I'm glad to have this occasion to salute the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council for its important work over the last twenty years to promote the development of new science, medicines, and technology. By strengthening our regional biotechnology industry, the Council benefits people...
May 06, 2005
Thank you! To all of you gathered here in the great embrace of Killian Court – to all the students, faculty, alumni, staff, members of the Corporation, and friends – thank you for your welcome to the great global family of MIT. The MIT family is enlarged today, and honored, by the presence of delegates from many of the world's leading colleges and universities. We are proud to count you as...
February 03, 2005
This morning, I would like to suggest that MIT has a special responsibility to meet the challenge of creating a more diverse and supportive community. This is not to say that any other institution can feel free to abdicate its moral responsibilities. This is an issue for every institution, and for every individual, in our society. But MIT is different from other educational institutions, in ways...
January 01, 2005
On August 26, 2004, the MIT Corporation elected Dr. Susan Hockfield, a distinguished neuroscientist and Provost of Yale University, the 16th president of MIT. Shortly before she took office on December 6, Dean Tom Magnanti spoke with her about some of her initial thoughts on the current status and future of the Institute and of Engineering. First Impressions of MIT / Engineering Tom Magnanti: MIT...
August 26, 2004
I am deeply honored to have been selected as MIT's sixteenth president. As a scientist, I have always regarded MIT as a beacon, projecting an incredibly bright light that has illuminated the path of discovery and innovation for the entire world. I know that I am only one of countless people who have been inspired – and awed – by MIT's strengths along the entire continuum of scholarship, from the...

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