Visiting Committee

Every department at MIT has a Visiting Committee that consists of distinguished scholars, MIT graduates, and several members of the MIT Corporation. These committees typically meet once every two years, at MIT, to hear reports from the Department Head/Director, the faculty, and current students about the department’s current activities and future direction. These committees prepare reports for the President, Provost, and Chancellor that provide an important source of external evaluation for each department. The members of the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society Visiting Committee (as of Fall 2017) are listed below. The next IDSS Visiting Committee meeting will be held in the Fall of 2018.

  • Mr. Mark Gorenberg, Chair
    ’76 EE
    Managing Director
    Zetta Venture Partners
  • Ms. Patricia Callahan
    ’75 ME, SM ‘77
    Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Retired
    Wells Fargo & Company
  • Mr. James Champy
    Emeritus Member
    ’63 CE, CE ‘65
    Business Consultant and Author
  • Dr. Jennifer Chayes
    Distinguished Scientist and Managing Director
    Microsoft Research New England & NYC
  • Mr. John Chisholm
    ’75 EE, EE ’76
    CEO
    John Chisholm Ventures
  • Dr. Arthur Gelb
    Emeritus Member
    AA ‘61
    President
    Four Sigma Corporation
  • Professor Peter Glynn
    Professor, Department of Management Science and Engineering
    Stanford University
  • Ms. Ilene Gordon
    ’75 MA, SM ‘76
    Chairman, President and CEO
    Ingredion
  • Ms. Jean Hammond
    GM ‘86
    Partner and Co-Founder
    LearnLaunch
  • Professor William Hogan
    Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government
    Harvard University
  • Professor Matthew Jackson
    Professor, Department of Economics
    Stanford University
  • Mr. R. Preston McAfee
    Chief Economist
    Microsoft Corporation
  • Mr. Jim Miller
    ‘93 ME, SM ’93
    Vice President, WW Operations
    Google Inc.
  • Dr. Thomas Richardson
    EE ‘90
    Vice President, Engineering
    Qualcomm Incorporated
  • Mr. Naguib Sawiris
    Chairman
    Orascom TMT Investments
  • Dr. Martin Schlecht
    ’77 ME, EE ‘80, ’82
    CEO
    SynQor Inc.
  • Mr. Jeffrey Silver
    MNG ’03
    Founder
    Coyote Logistics
  • Dr. Hal Varian
    ’69 EC
    Chief Economist
    Google Inc.

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