- Friday Opening Keynote: TIMtalks (Think. Inspire. Motivate.), moderated by Dean Stuart Schmill ’86, dean of admissions
- Friday Closing Keynote: Israel Ruiz SM ’01, MIT executive vice president and treasurer
- Saturday Keynote: L. Rafael Reif, MIT president
- Online Services Help Center: iModules trainers
TIMtalks is a platform to promote students who have invented, implemented, succeeded, and even failed at a wide range of ideas and was conceived with the intention of taking a reflective approach towards MIT’s innovative spirit. TIMtalks’ vision is to create a forum for passionate students to present powerful ideas that foster and promote the MIT spirit of innovation and ingenuity.
As trailblazers of modern technology, MIT has a responsibility to bridge the widening gap between critical problems and innovative solutions. TIMtalks provides a global window into the Institute that introduces the perspectives, technologies, and solutions of forward-thinking young scholars and how the Institute has influenced their experience.
Stuart Schmill began at MIT in 1982 when he enrolled as a freshman. Following graduation, he spent one year designing cars at General Motors before returning to his alma mater in a professional role. During his tenure at MIT, Stu has served the Institute as including director of crew; director of parent, student, and young alumni programs; director of MIT’s Educational Council; and senior associate director of admissions. He joined the admissions office in 2002, was appointed interim director in 2007, and dean of admissions in 2008.
Schmill is a past recipient of the MIT Dean for Undergraduate Education Infinite Mile Award for Leadership and the Alumni Association’s Harold E. Lobdell ’17 Distinguished Service Award. He was named Coach of the Year in the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges and has won numerous medals as a coxswain in the Head of the Charles Regatta.
Friday Closing Keynote: Israel Ruiz SM ’01, MIT executive vice president and treasurer
Israel Ruiz is responsible for MIT’s capital programs, facilities, human resources, medical services, environmental health and safety operations, and information technology.
Prior to his role as EVP and treasurer, Ruiz served as MIT’s vice president for finance, where he oversaw the financial aspects of institutional planning and was responsible for the financial reporting and materials presented to MIT’s Executive Committee and Corporation. As vice president, Ruiz led a team that manages the Institute’s financing strategy, financial and capital planning, annual budgeting, receipt and disbursement of funds, accounting policies and services, research post-award management, procurement, and property management. He served a critical role in ensuring the integrity of MIT financial reporting and compliance.
In 2011, Ruiz led the successful completion of a landmark $750 million taxable century bond that supports MIT’s ongoing campus development program, including academic and research capital projects within the MIT 2030 development framework.
Ruiz joined MIT in 2002 as manager of financial planning and analysis and became associate director of the Office of Budget and Financial Planning in 2003. He was named director of finance in 2005 and vice president for finance in 2007.
Born in Barcelona, Mr. Ruiz holds a master’s degree from MIT Sloan School of Management and a degree in industrial and mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Prior to his professional career at MIT, he worked as an engineer at Hewlett-Packard and at Nissan Automotive.
Saturday Keynote: L. Rafael Reif, MIT president
L. Rafael Reif has served as the 17th President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since July 2012. Before taking on the presidency, Reif served for seven years as MIT’s Provost. In this role, he helped create and implement the strategy that allowed MIT to weather the global financial crisis, drove the growth of MIT’s global strategy, promoted a major faculty-led effort to address challenges around race and diversity, fostered the emergence of the Kendall Square innovation cluster, helped launch the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science,and spearheaded the development of the Institute’s latest experiments in online learning, MITx and edX.
A member of the MIT faculty since 1980, Reif has served as director of MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories, as associate department head for Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), and as EECS department head. He was instrumental in launching a research center on novel semiconductor devices at MIT, as well as multi-university research centers on advanced and environmentally benign semiconductor manufacturing. He also played a key role in creating, within the Semiconductor Research Corporation, the national effort now known as the Focus Center Research Program and in launching its Interconnect Focus Center.
An early champion of MIT’s engagement in micro- and nanotechnologies, Reif is the inventor or co-inventor on 15 patents, has edited or co-edited five books and has supervised 38 doctoral theses. He focused his most recent research on three-dimensional integrated circuit technologies and on environmentally benign microelectronics fabrication. In 2004, he was named the Fariborz Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technology.
In 1993, Reif was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) “for pioneering work in the low-temperature epitaxial growth of semiconductor thin films.” From the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), he received the 2000 Aristotle Award for “his commitment to the educational experience of SRC students and the profound and continuing impact he has had on their professional careers.” An elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he also belongs to Tau Beta Pi, the Electrochemical Society and the IEEE. For his work in developing MITx, he received the 2012 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award.
Reif received the degree of Ingeniero Eléctrico from Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela, and served for a year as an assistant professor at Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas. He earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University (by rivera), where he spent a year as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. After moving to MIT, Reif held the Analog Devices Career Development Professorship in the EECS Department and an IBM Faculty Fellowship from MIT’s Center for Materials Science and Engineering. He received a United States Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1984.
MITAA and iModules staff will be at ALC and meet with volunteers individually or in small groups to answer questions, brainstorm solutions, and listen to Encompass feedback. A sign-up sheet will be available on Friday, Sept. 27, to reserve a 20 minute time slot. Prospect Management Tool training will also be provided between noon and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28.