Fri, Nov 06, 2009
The Straits Times
Prof with a focus on innovation

PROFESSOR Thomas Magnanti, 64, is one of 14 institute professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The title is the highest awarded to a faculty member. He is also a former dean of MIT's School of Engineering.

As dean of engineering from 1999 to 2008, he focused on educational innovation, industrial and international partnerships, technology-based entrepreneurship, diversity and innovation in emerging domains such as bioengineering, tiny technologies, information engineering and engineering systems.

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Prof Magnanti has received numerous education and research awards and honorary degrees and has served on a number of corporate and university boards. He is also a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

His first degree, in chemical engineering, was from Syracuse University, and he has two master's degrees, in statistics and mathematics, as well as a PhD in operations research, all from Stanford University.

Since the mid-1980s, Prof Magnanti has been a contributing faculty member and then a member of the governing board of the Singapore-MIT Alliance. He later became director of the Singapore- MIT Alliance for Research and Technology.

He is married with a son.





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