Comments from former scholars

Dereje Agonafer 2007-08

Professor and Director of Electronics, MEMS, and Nanoelectronics Systems Packaging Center, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington

The MIT MLK Visiting Professor and Scholars Program was indeed a superb experience and was an excellent springboard to my professional career. Since then, many good things have happened, and, yes, your program deserves great credit! Since I left IBM and joined academia, I have graduated 215 graduate students including 21 PhDs and I am currently advising 12 PhDs and several MS students. Recently [February 2019], I was elected to the National Academy of Engineering...Obviously, a special thanks to Mechanical Engineering Department--including Professors Rohan Abeyaratne (Chair at the time), Gang Chen, Wesley L. Harris, Borivoje Mikic, and Evelyn Wong--for supporting my acceptance to the MLK Visiting Professor and Scholars Program...please keep up the excellent program and let me know if I can be of help in the future.

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Alfred Noel 2000-01

Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

This was a very productive year. The teaching was very stimulating. I had the opportunity to work with some very good African American students. My research went very well. I submitted one paper for publication, and I am about to complete another. I express my deepest gratitude to the MLK Visiting Professorship Program at MIT and to David Vogan, chairman of the Mathematics Department, for allowing me to be part of the Program.

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Kwadwo Osseo-Asare 2000-01

Professor and Chair, Metals Science and Engineering Program, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

My stay as a Martin Luther King Visiting Professor offered me an unanticipated opportunity to reflect on the dream as public relations and the dream as reality. I was challenged anew by the gap between the two.

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Pamela McCauley-Bell 1998-99

Department of Industrial Engineering & Management Systems, University of Central Florida

Serving as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor within the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department was a holistically enriching experience. To have an opportunity to work with bright, motivated students and interact with outstanding faculty has left lasting and positive impressions on me prfessionally and personally. The time spent at MIT also propelled my research efforts to another level and has generated international recognition of my work. I strongly recommend this experience to other faculty.

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Stephen Ruffin 2000-01

Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

The MLK Visiting Professor Program has provided meaningful collaboration with outstanding MIT faculty and students during the past year. This program has allowed the time for development of new research initiatives that I will build for years. The opportunity that I have had to be involved in the educational innovations at MIT through teaching and research advising of MIT students has been invaluable. I highly recommend this program.

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