Welcome MIT Alumni
From the Club President
March 12, 2014
MIT Club of New York volunteers recently reflected on both the Club's accomplishments and opportunities over the last few seasons. Over that time, we conducted two alumni surveys - one aimed at better understanding alumni interests and how the Club could best serve those, and a second focused on Club membership. From these surveys, we learned that interactive events, such as tours of subways, bridges, etc., are of real interest (86% of respondents said they would or might attend such events), and that the Club should continue to partner with other organizations for venues and programming.
Over the last two years, we held 57 Club events -- including 23 Professional, 20 Social and 10 Educational and Cultural. 24 of these were offered at no additional cost to Club members!
Based on the survey feedback, we held a number of interactive events, including the 2nd Avenue Subway Tour, Shapeways 3D printing tour, Brooklyn Bridge tour, and the Connecticut Air & Space Center tour. We also partnered with the Alumni Association, MIT's Sloan Club of NY, the MIT Enterprise Forum and other organizations, both for event space and programming.
A highlight from Fall 2013 was MIT President Rafael Reif's visit to New York. More than 350 alumni and guests attended his community gathering -- a terrific evening at the Metropolitan Club. Those attending heard about President Reif's priorities, including his passion for MITx and edX online education, and his emphasis on healthcare, safe water and food supplies.
If you have not already joined the MIT Club of New York, now is the time to do so. Although there are just a few months remaining in our current membership year, there are still a number of upcoming events which would make membership worthwhile, including our annual members meeting (free to members). We also offer events exclusive to MIT Club of New York members, such as the recently sold-out Tour of Grand Central Terminal.
Please watch the Club’s web page for information both about other events and volunteer opportunities.
MIT Class of '86
President, MIT Club of New York