President L. Rafael Reif has announced his intention to create an MIT Innovation Initiative, and has selected two faculty members to lead the effort.
In an email to the MIT community, Reif named Fiona Murray, the Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Vladimir Bulović, the Fariborz Maseeh Professor in Emerging Technology, to lead the MIT Innovation Initiative. He also named a 19-member Advisory Committee to assist Murray and Bulović in developing recommendations on next steps, including DUSP's own Assistant Professor Sarah Williams.
Reif’s letter noted that his inaugural remarks, in September 2012, celebrated MIT’s record of success in focusing interdisciplinary teams on deeply difficult problems, and asked the faculty to identify grand challenges where MIT could make a unique contribution. “Over the course of the year, I have received many excellent ideas and suggestions; today, I address two that have a natural connection,” he wrote. “Many members of our community expressed a strong interest in strengthening our innovation ecosystem. I heard equally passionate suggestions that MIT focus intensely on manufacturing.”