For many alumni, life after MIT is an adventure. For globe trotter George Basch '59 (pictured, above, in the Kalahari Desert) it's a whole string of them. Our story about Basch was among the dozen most popular alumni profiles published on the MIT Alumni Association website this year. See the list below for tales of flying high, rowing fast, adjusting wrenches, fighting crime, and more.
“Ticked Off” by a Wrench, MIT Engineer Fixed His Place in Tool History
Robert G. Gottlieb ’60, SM ’61 didn’t have posterity in mind when he invented the Stanley Tools 85-610 Locking Wrench in 1982. He was simply exasperated.
What’s Cool about Science? Ask Physics Girl
When Dianna Cowern ’11 graduated, she was unsure of her next step—so unsure that she made a video about it entitled “What to do with a physics degree…”
Why Can’t Submarines Talk to Airplanes?
Rather than viewing the water's surface as a barrier, Fadel Adib SM ’13, PhD ’17 saw how it could be a tool.
Debunking the Princess Leia Lie
Like many alumni, Daniel Smalley ’05, MEng ’06, SM ’08, PhD ’13 is a Star Wars enthusiast. But when he watches Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, he's academically miffed.
From Test Tubes to Tactical Ops
Kelly Shannon ’02 has always loved investigating. It’s what drew her to MIT to study biology. It’s also what led to her eventual career as an FBI Special Agent.
For These Engineers, Starliner’s Crew Is Top Priority
When Boeing's Starliner spacecraft launches its first test mission later this year, Kavya Manyapu SM ’10 and Celena Dopart SM ’14 will have had their hands all over it.
From Dropout to Double Major (with a Few Decades in Between)
Ron Searls ’70 left the Institute twice, not graduating because of the thesis requirement, but decades later a change in the qualifications brought him back to MIT.
Sixty Years, Seven Continents, Five Thousand Stoves
“I want my headstone to say, ‘He made a difference,’” George Basch '59 says. He has tapped his skills as a mechanical engineer, entrepreneur, and explorer to do just that.
Flying for MIT
At MIT Lincoln Lab's Flight Test Facility are seven aircrafts ranging from a single-engine private plane to a multiengine business jet. One of their pilots is Thomas Washington ’92, SM ’94.
The Making of a Mechanical Engineer in Seven UROPs
When I arrived at MIT,” recalls Folkers Rojas ’09, SM ’11, PhD ’14, “I thought a mechanical engineer was the guy who fixed your car." UROP gave him the skills he needed to thrive at school and afterward.
From Rowing on the Charles to Rowing for Puerto Rico
Veronica Toro ’16, who had never rowed until her first year at MIT, recently became the first Puerto Rican female to qualify for the Pan American Games.
Veterans Find Community and Healing in the Mountains
After five years of active duty as an infantry officer, Graham Rockwell MBA ’14 was welcomed into the MIT Sloan community. Others he served with were struggling, so he found a way to help.