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Our Most-Read Alumni Profiles of 2019

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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.

  • Robert Gottlieb

    “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.

  • Dianna Cowern

    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…”

  • Fadel Adib

    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.

  • Daniel Smalley

    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.

  • Kelly Shannon

    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.

  • MIT alumnae Kavya Manyapu and Celena Dopart

    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.

  • Ron Searls

    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.

  • George Basch

    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.

  • Thomas Washington

    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.

  • Folkers Rojas

    ​​​​​​​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.

  • Veronica Toro

    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.

  • Graham Rockwell

    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.


Want more? See all of this year's stories about alumni life, and bookmark alum.mit.edu/slice for a fresh stream of stories in 2020.

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