The 2023 MIT Alumni Leadership Conference (ALC), which will be held September 29–30 on MIT’s campus, is an opportunity for MIT volunteers to build meaningful connections, develop leadership skills, and receive an exclusive “Under the Dome” update from Institute faculty, leadership, and students.
The conference will feature a lineup of influential speakers whose research has focused on the risks and opportunities of artificial intelligence, the spread of misinformation on social media, the value of kindness in the workplace, and tapping into one’s own potential for personal growth. View the full schedule.
As always, we will honor the outstanding service of more than 25 MIT volunteers and volunteer groups at Friday evening’s festive Leadership Awards celebration!
Learn more about the featured speakers below, then visit the ALC website to register and for more information.
MIT President Sally Kornbluth
President Kornbluth was sworn in as the 18th President of MIT on January 1st, 2023. After a successful career as provost of Duke University, she comes to MIT with a strong vision for the future of the Institute.
Friday Keynote: The Incredible Progress on Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Aleksander Mądry SM ’09, PhD ’11
Director, MIT Center for Deployable Machine Learning; Cadence Design Systems Professor of Computing; and Faculty Co-lead, MIT AI Policy Forum
Professor Mądry’s research interests span algorithms, continuous optimization, and understanding machine learning from a robustness and deployability perspective.
His work has been recognized with a number of awards, including an NSF CAREER Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, an ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award Honorable Mention, and a Presburger Award. Before joining the MIT faculty, he spent time at Microsoft Research New England and on the faculty of EPFL.
Learning Workshop: The Journey Within
Angelique Adams, MBA ’18
CEO, Angelique Adams LLC; and Lecturer, MIT Sloan
Adams is a leadership coach and consultant for scientists and engineers whose true passion is developing people, not products, and helping others tap into their own potential for personal growth.
Learn more: “Inspiring Innovation: Developing People, Not Just Products,” TEDxUTK
Saturday Morning Keynote
Asuman Özdağlar SM ’98, PhD ’03
MathWorks Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Department Head, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and Deputy Dean of Academics, Schwarzman College of Computing
Professor Özdağlar’s research expertise includes optimization, machine learning, economics, and networks. Recent research focuses on designing incentives and algorithms for data-driven online systems with many diverse human-machine participants. She has investigated issues of data ownership and markets, the spread of misinformation on social media, economic and financial contagion, and social learning.
She is the recipient of a Microsoft fellowship, the MIT Graduate Student Council Teaching Award, an NSF CAREER Award, the 2008 Donald P. Eckman Award of the American Automatic Control Council, the 2014 Teacher Award, and Keithley, Distinguished School of Engineering, and MathWorks professorships. She is an IEEE fellow, IFAC fellow, and was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians.
Learning Workshop: Rad-Lab-Like Effort
Director of Collections and Curator of Science and Technology, MIT Museum
Douglas’s course, The History of MIT, explores the history of science, technology, and culture through the lens of MIT. Her talk, “Rad-Lab-Like Effort,” discusses lessons learned from the MIT Radiation Lab for the Institute’s efforts on climate change and sustainability.
Learning Workshop: The Rise of Networks: Communicating at a Distance
Robert M. Metcalfe Professor of Writing and Comparative Media Studies
Professor Paradis is a historian of communication who focuses on problems of media and the professions. His current research interrogates media and global warming, drawing on cultural studies, biographical approaches, and the history of rhetoric. He is the former head of Writing and Humanistic Studies and its successor, MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing (CMS/W).
Learn More: “In a Humanities Media Class, MIT Students Gain Insights and Skills to Increase Support for Effective Climate Policy,” MIT Climate Portal
Learning Workshop: Perspectives on Changing Lives and Unleashing Value Through a Non-Dualistic Design of Work and Life
James C. Rhee
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan, and Executive in Residence, MIT Leadership Center
Rhee is an entrepreneur, educator, investor, and strategist whose current venture, red helicopter, is a media-education platform that is uniting a forward-looking global community at the intersection of the values of kindness and math.
Learn more: “The Value of Kindness at Work,” TED, February 2022
MIT Alumni Association Update
Robert Wickham ’93, SM ’95
President, MIT Alumni Association
Wickham began his one-year term as president of the MIT Alumni Association (MITAA) on July 1, 2023, and is a past member of the MIT Corporation, MITAA Board, and Annual Giving Board. Professionally, he serves as vice president and general manager of Tableau Asia Pacific, a maker of data visualization software.
MIT Admissions Today
Stu Schmill ’86
Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services
Schmill was appointed dean of admissions in 2008. He manages the process of selecting MIT’s outstanding student body and overseeing how financial aid is distributed.