|But seriously, what an awesome classroom view? Tons of flowering trees and blue sky|
Last week brought the LGO Alumni conference. Many LGO alumni of the both recent and further past gathered on campus on May 2nd and 3rd to celebrate 25 years of MIT LGO (then LFM) existing. One of the questions that came up multiple times was what would the next version, LXX, be? We would be Leaders, but of or for what? Sustainability and prosperity both came up as possibilities for one of the X's. I'm not sure yet what my LXX vision is.
There were speeches by alumni and professors, about their work and life and what role MIT and LGO has played. One alum even brought his son who was in the area touring colleges to the conference. Professor Arnie Barnett, who has taught many of the LGO/LFM students through the years, gave a talk on his research in aviation safety and added a few key thoughts on leadership.
|Arnie's thoughts on leadership - Click on the photo to enlarge it|
|Founding members - L to R - Kent Bowen, Tom Magnanti, Gary Cowger and Bill Hanson|
The title of Institute professor is an honor bestowed by the Faculty and Administration of MIT on a faculty colleague who has demonstrated exceptional distinction by a combination of leadership, accomplishment, and service in the scholarly, educational, and general intellectual life of the Institute or wider academic community.The number of Institute Professors at MIT is about as small as the number of Nobel Laureates at MIT.
Even though graduation is not until June 7th, I have ten days of classes left. My thesis is now printed, I have three of the four signatures that I need and the fourth one, along with a celebratory cupcake, is planned for Thursday. The number of remaining regular assignments is dwindling to what I can count on one hand and I am so excited now to see what the next phase of things will bring.