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March 12, 2010

Reception with United States Senator Ted Kaufman

Senator Ted Kaufman will address a joint meeting of the MIT Club of the Delaware Valley and the Delaware Section of the American Chemical Society to discuss STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and related topics. Science and technology are critical components of several topics of current national interest. In particular, public policy addressing American competitiveness, energy independence / security, and environmental concerns requires the knowledge of the scientists and engineers who study the technical underpinnings of these challenges. MIT President Susan Hockfield and American Chemical Society Past-President Katie Hunt have both emphasized the importance of advocacy by members of the scientific community to influence the construction of sound public policy.

United States Senator Ted Kaufman (D-DE), the only current U.S. Senator with an engineering degree, is a strong proponent of STEM education initiatives, providing a number of Senate floor speeches and op-ed pieces highlighting the myriad benefits, particularly for American competitiveness, that the United States will derive from an increased emphasis on STEM education. Senator Kaufman's background is described in more detail below.

Photos courtesy of Senator Kaufman

Date: Friday, March 12, 2010

Time: 6:00 PM -- Social hour: hors d’oeuvres and cash bar
         7:00 PM -- Senator Kaufman: presentation and Q&A

Location: DuPont Country Club
         1001 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803
         Phone: 302-421-1753
         DuPont Country Club Web site, Directions

Cost: $25 for members of the MIT Club or ACS and their guests
        $35 for non-members
        $20 for MIT10 alumni and students

Reservations: via MIT Infinite Connection:

MIT Club Membership -- Join or Renew on-line:

For Questions: John Gavenonis
         e-mail: jgaveno@alum.mit.edu

About Senator Ted Kaufman (courtesy of Senator Kaufman's Web site)

Senator Ted Kaufman was appointed to Vice President Biden's vacant U.S. Senate seat by former Governor Ruth Ann Minner on November 24, 2008 and was sworn into office on January 16, 2009.

Senator Kaufman is originally from Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Duke University with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering, and then earned an MBA degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Senator Kaufman is currently the only U.S. Senator who holds a degree in engineering.

Senator Kaufman moved to Delaware in 1966 to work for the DuPont Company. In 1972, he joined Vice President Biden’s long-shot U.S. Senate campaign on a volunteer basis. After Biden's surprise victory in 1973, he took a one-year leave of absence from DuPont to organize and head Senator Biden's Delaware office. In 1976 he became Biden's Chief of Staff / Administrative Assistant and served until 1995. Since leaving Senator Biden’s staff, Senator Kaufman has remained a close friend of Vice President Biden and has advised him on every one of his campaigns. After Senators Barack Obama and Joseph Biden were elected on November 4, 2008, Senator Kaufman was named co-chair of the Vice Presidential Transition Team and was a member of the Advisory Board of the Obama-Biden Transition Project.

Since 1991, Senator Kaufman has taught courses addressing topics such as Congress, business, and public policy at the Duke University School of Law, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, and Fuqua School of Business. From 1995 to 1999 he was Co-Chair of the Duke Law School Center for the Study of the Congress.

From 1995 until 2008, Senator Kaufman was a Board member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which is the independent, autonomous, federal entity responsible for all U.S. government and government sponsored non-military international broadcasting. One of Senator Kaufman's primary interests while on the BBG was expanding the freedom of the press around the world, a battle he continues in the Senate. He was appointed to the BBG by the Presidents Clinton and Bush and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for four terms.

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March 23, 2010

Admitted Students Meeting

      Join fellow MIT Alums and current students for a reception to welcome students admitted to the MIT Class of 2014. This is a very popular event for prospective students and their families, and we welcome our alums and encourage current students to participate in this celebration.

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Renaissance Philadelphia Airport Hotel
         500 Stevens Drive, Philadelphia 19113
         Phone: 610-521-5900
         Hotel Web site  Directions  Free parking

Cost: MIT Club Members and their Guests - $20.00
        Non-Club Members and their Guests - $30.00
        Current MIT Student - Free
        MIT Class of 2014 - Free
        Parent or other Family Member of a Student - $15.00

Reservations: via MIT Infinite Connection:

Club Membership -- Join or Renew on-line:

For Questions: Lucie Wilkens
         e-mail: L.S.Wilkens@alum.mit.edu

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