The annual MIT Alumni Leadership Conference (Sept. 21–22) celebrates volunteer leaders who contribute their time and talents to help the MIT community make a better world.
One important event during ALC weekend is Friday evening’s Leadership Awards Celebration, which this year recognizes more than 40 volunteers for their dedication to MIT, including the recipients of the Bronze Beaver Award, the highest honor that the Alumni Association bestows on a volunteer.
In 2018, MIT will pay tribute to two MIT alumni for their distinguished service to the Alumni Association and the Institute: Bruce N. Anderson ’69, MArch ’73 and Sharon Cutler Ross ’65.
About Bruce N. Anderson ’69, MArch ’73
Bruce N. Anderson has worn numerous volunteer hats through the years, including terms on the MIT Corporation and Alumni Association Board of Directors; membership on Institute visiting committees; and presidencies of the MIT Club of Boston and MIT Crew Alumni Association. Anderson has also supported alumni and students as a fundraiser, educational counselor, externship sponsor, and leader in MIT’s Energy, Environment and Sustainability Network.
“I think the most gratifying [part] has been interacting with the students,” Anderson says of his volunteer career. “Whenever MIT alumni have an opportunity to interact with today’s students, they just blow your socks off. They’re articulate, they’re poised, and the vast majority do want to make a difference with their lives and create a better world.”
Online registration for ALC is now closed, but alumni and volunteers can register in person beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, in the Stratton Student Center’s Coffeehouse Lounge (Bldg. W20, 3rd floor).
Learn more about the conference and this year’s featured speakers, who will discuss the real-world impact of science and technology and showcase how alumni and students are putting the MIT mindset to work through hands-on research, public advocacy, and participatory innovation.
Check back to Slice of MIT on Thursday to learn more about Sharon Cutler Ross ’65 and why she volunteers for MIT.