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J. Kim Vandiver

Dean for Undergraduate Research 2000 - present

Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering

Dean for Undergraduate Research 2000 - present

Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering

J. Kim Vandiver
Dean for Undergraduate Research 2000 – present
Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering
Director and Founder, Edgerton Center, 1992 - present
Director, Office of Experiential Learning, 2005 - present
Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow, 2001 and 2011

A world-renowned expert in flow-induced underwater vibration, Kim Vandiver is also founder and director of the Edgerton Center and director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at MIT. He is a lifelong advocate for experiential learning and was named the 2001 Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow for excellence in teaching.  

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Early work in high-speed Schlieren photography.
  • Dynamics of offshore structures and flow-induced vibration.
  • Founding, history, and mission of MIT’s Edgerton Center.
  • Benefits to MIT from collaboration with industry.
  • Value of hands-on learning and research for MIT students.
  • Negotiating with student protestors the day Charles Vest was sworn-in as the fifteenth president of MIT.
  • Teaching students to fly gliders.

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