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Kenneth A. Smith '58, SM '59, ScD '62

Professor of Chemical Engineering, emeritus

Associate Provost and Vice President for Research 1980 - 1991

Professor of Chemical Engineering, emeritus

Associate Provost and Vice President for Research 1980 - 1991

Kenneth A. Smith ’58, SM ’59, ScD ’62
Professor of Chemical Engineering, emeritus
Associate Provost and Vice President for Research 1980 – 1991

Kenneth Smith has applied his research in fluid mechanics and heat and mass transfer to scientific applications as varied as the artificial kidney and LNG tanker safety. As associate provost and vice president for research, an MIT lifer, and a dedicated teacher, Professor Smith has witnessed significant changes in and made numerous contributions to the MIT community throughout his career.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • How a career path can lead you rather than the other way around.
  • Revamping MIT’s Technology Licensing Office and the benefits that resulted.
  • History and creation of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and its relationship to Whitaker College of Health Sciences and Technology.
  • Differences between undergraduate and graduate students at MIT.
  • Changes in MIT attitudes toward industry sponsorship over the years.
  • Difference MIT staff can make to the success of an individual.

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