MIT Schwarzman College of Computing Working Groups Draft Reports

June 05, 2019

To the members of the MIT community:

In February 2019, a few months after the announcement of the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, we formed five working groups to develop ideas and options for the structure and operation of the new college in order to help guide its launch this fall.

I now write to share the draft reports of the working groups and to invite your input on them. Please submit any comments, suggestions, or questions to comptaskforce@mit.edu. We will collect community input until June 28, after which the final reports will be posted.

The working groups, which included more than 100 members representing faculty, staff, and students, were led by faculty co-chairs and organized as follows:

  1. Organizational Structure, Asu Ozdaglar and Nelson Repenning
  2. Faculty Appointments, Eran Ben-Joseph and William Freeman
  3. Curriculum and Degrees, Srini Devadas and Troy Van Voorhis
  4. Social Implications and Responsibilities of Computing, Melissa Nobles and Julie Shah
  5. Computing Infrastructure, Benoit Forget and Nicholas Roy
     

These groups met over the course of the spring semester to examine and research their assigned topics and to think broadly and creatively about a range of options for the design of the college. The co-chairs also met several times as a Steering Committee (which also included Dean of Engineering Anantha Chandrakasan, Chair of the Faculty Susan Silbey, and me) to update each other on their groups’ progress and to consider areas of overlapping concern. The working groups held a series of community forums in April where ideas were openly exchanged, and an Idea Bank was available for community members to provide written input. All of these activities contributed to the preliminary reports that I share today.

You can read more about these preliminary reports on MIT News.

I wish to express my deep appreciation to the Steering Committee and to all of the members of the working groups for their dedicated work during the last several months, especially knowing that they had a great deal of territory to cover during a relatively short span of time. We are extremely grateful for their efforts.

Again, I invite you to review these preliminary reports and provide us with your feedback. Although the final reports will help guide the design of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, I look forward to further opportunities for community involvement in the early phases and continuing development of our new college.

Sincerely,

Martin Schmidt