On July 2, 2012, Massachusetts Institute of Technology will bid farewell to its current president, Susan Hockfield, and hello to a familiar face in a new office. L. Rafael Reif has served as the provost of MIT for the past seven years, and as it was just recently announced, he will be taking over Hockfield’s position as president starting this summer.
Who is Reif? Reif was born in Venezuela. Of his childhood, he has said that he “grew up in a home wealthy in integrity and principles and values, but poor in everything material.” He graduated from the Universidad de Carabobo in Valencia, Venezuela in 1973, where he studied electrical engineering. He then moved to the U.S. where he earned a doctorate in the same field from Stanford University. Read the rest of this entry »