Thursday, August 26, 2004

philip greenspun on MIT's new president:
[New prez Susan] Hockfield has a good opportunity to realign MIT with the national mood.  Harvard University, for example, nearly a century ago was host to the world's #1 department of civil engineering.  The president of Harvard at the time looked around and decided that civil engineering wasn't going to be important to the United States.  He shut down the department and fired all the faculty members, including those with tenure.  There are plenty of things that folks at MIT do that (a) attract reasonable research funding, (b) are among the best projects of their kind worldwide, and (c) are things that nobody cares about anymore or that are done just as well by Industry.

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