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Steven R. Lerman ’72, SM ’73, PhD ’75

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, George Washington University, 2010 - 2015

Vice Chancellor and Dean for Graduate Education 2008 – 2010

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, George Washington University, 2010 - 2015

Vice Chancellor and Dean for Graduate Education 2008 – 2010

 

Steven R. Lerman ’72, SM ’73, PhD ’75
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, George Washington University, 2010 - 2015
Vice Chancellor and Dean for Graduate Education 2008 – 2010
Class of 1922 Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering 1991 – 2010
Housemaster, Warehouse 2001 – 2010

Steven R. Lerman lived and worked on the MIT campus for more than 40 years. He graduated from MIT in 1972 and stayed on to earn a master's degree, a doctorate, and then to serve as a faculty member in civil and environmental engineering, housemaster, chair of the Faculty (twice), and vice chancellor and dean for graduate education. Professor Lerman was the first director of MIT's Project Athena, a student computing system created in 1983 to explore how computing technology could be used to enhance education. He was deeply involved with MIT's OpenCourseWare and directed the Center for Educational Computing Initiatives. Before leaving MIT in 2010 to become provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at George Washington University, Professor Lerman coordinated the work of a task force for Institute-wide planning and served as acting MIT codirector of the Singapore-MIT Alliance.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Experience as a housemaster.
  • Time as director of Athena; early years of interactive media.
  • The creation of Zephyr; origins of email and instant messaging.
  • Undergraduate housing policy changes following the 1997 death of student Scott Krueger.
  • Development and implementation of OpenCourseWare.

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