MIT’s renowned media lab, a multi-disciplinary think tank that produces many fascinating inventions and influential thinkers, A new director has been found After filtering the globe for candidates in its backyard. Deva Newman, an MIT professor of aeronautics and astronauts and a former deputy administrator of NASA under Obama, will helm the intellectual hub.
Media Lab is noted for its freeholding techno-intellectual prowess, but has been leaderless for more than a year following the resignation of former chief Joi Ito. Ito resigned The media lab received special treatment and access when it was revealed that the billionaire and alleged child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein had given the funding and allegedly led by him.
The discovery of the upcoming leadership is no doubt, if not entirely new blood found (Newman has been associated with MIT for decades) then certainly a break from the past. Out of 60 candidates, he interviewed 13 and ended up choosing Newman for several reasons.
In a field of outstanding candidates, Professor Newman stood out for his pioneering research, wide range of multi-disciplinary work and exemplary leadership. He is a designer, a thinker, a creator, an engineer, a teacher, a mentor, a convener, a communicator, a futurist, a humanist and, importantly, an optimist, “Dean Hashim Sarkis appointed in a letter declare.
By chance (or is it?) Newman was a speaker just last week in the TC session: Space, Where he seemed to give a preview of his new responsibilities, talking about the importance of getting involved in major efforts like NASA’s Artemis.
“It’s going to bring scientists and engineers together, but we need artists, we need designers, they’re visionaries,” she said. (If you missed this event, you can see this and all our other panels Extra crunch.)
Newman seems to be starting the work by emphasizing one of the best qualities a leader should possess: listening to the people he leads.
“I plan to start by listening and learning a lot,” she said in an MIT announcement. “I love meeting people where they are, and encouraging them to put all their great ideas on the table. I think the best way to move forward is to work with the entire community – faculty, students and staff – to tap into everyone’s creativity. I can’t wait to start. “