Deval Patrick to join MIT as part of its Innovation Initiative

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced this afternoon that former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick will be joining the school this spring as a visiting innovation fellow at the MIT Innovation Initiative.

The role entails Patrick taking part in a variety of events on MIT’s Cambridge campus, engaging with students and faculty on issues such as policymaking, entrepreneurship, and innovation-based growth. The former governor will also be holding formal office hours at the prestigious engineering school.

In a statement, Patrick said, “Massachusetts’ inventors and innovators, many of whom have come out of MIT, have worked with business and government leaders to make the Commonwealth a leader in many industries. I am honored to join this esteemed Institute and contribute to this new initiative.”

The MIT Innovation Initiative is a cross-campus organization led by Fiona Murray, the Bill Porter Professor of Entrepreneurship and associate dean for innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Vladimir Bulovic, the Fariborz Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technology and associate dean for innovation in MIT’s School of Engineering. The aim of the program is to expand the school’s contributions to global innovation and includes programs geared towards helping students, faculty, staff, and alumni develop as entrepreneurs. Some programs that align with the vision of the initiative include the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and the current Start6 accelerated entrepreneurship course taking place on campus this week.

“In leading the Commonwealth, Governor Patrick took the time to educate himself about how fundamental science produces world-changing technologies, and about the kind of government policies that help innovation flourish,” MIT President L. Rafael Reif said in a statement.

“His personal commitment to these issues has made a tremendous positive difference, and we are delighted that he will join us in educating our students in turn,” Reif added.

Dennis Keohane was a Senior Staff Writer for BetaBoston.
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