Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: “Expanding the Possible”

January 24, 2012

Richard Tapia

On February 9, 2012, MIT held the 38th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in Morss Hall, Walker Memorial. The program featured a delightful video of highlights from past breakfasts, and included remarks by President Hockfield, a graduate and undergraduate student, and the acknowledgement of MLK Leadership Awards. The keynote speaker was Richard Tapia, a mathematician in Rice University’s Computational and Applied Mathematics Department. He is the 2011 awardee of the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists and engineers, and holds the rank of University Professor, the university’s highest academic title awarded to only six individuals in the university’s history. Among his many other honors is election to the National Academy of Engineering, the first Hispanic to receive this honor, and honorary doctorates from Carnegie Mellon University, Colorado School of Mines, and Claremont Graduate University.  Because of his leadership Rice University is recognized as a national leader in the preparation of women and underrepresented minority doctoral degree recipients in science, engineering, and mathematics. Read the MIT News story and slideshow.

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