An MIT Alumni Association Publication

In the past decade, addressing climate change has become a top priority for MIT. The Technology Day symposium during Tech Reunions 2019 presented insights into the ways MIT is advancing the global conversation and responding to imminent threats facing the warming world. Faculty and alumni shared new research in this area related to consumers, companies, and policy.

Early on, the tone was set for an interdisciplinary program exploring a range of potential solutions: "Because of the global scale of this problem, it isn't going to be any one discovery that is going to solve this," said Maria Zuber, E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and MIT's vice president for research, who served as the morning's moderator. The symposium also featured an introduction by MIT President L. Rafael Reif and included presentations by:

  • John Holdren '65, SM '66, Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Valerie Karplus SM '08, PhD '11, assistant professor of global economics and management at the MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Janelle Knox-Hayes, the Lister Brothers Associate Professor of Economic Geography and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT
  • Donald Sadoway, the John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT
  • Noelle Eckley Selin, associate professor in the Institute for Data, Systems and Society and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT

Watch the talks and see the full playlist of videos, including introductory remarks and Q&As with the panelists, on YouTube.

Also, check out a slideshow to see other events from this year's Tech Reunions weekend.