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MIT Club of South Texas!

  • Serving Alumnae and Alumni in the Greater Houston, Galveston, and College Station Areas
  • Sponsoring Activities for MIT South Texas Alumnae and Alumni
  • Assisting MIT in Recruiting Students and Promoting its Reputation Promoting Engineering, Science, and Math Education in Our Local Area


Upcoming Events
(next 8 events - see Events page for full listing)

Saturday, February 20, 2016

2016 Feb 20 MIT Dining Club – Sri Lankan Cuisine

Yaal Tiffins South Indian Cuisine
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016

7:00 pm  -  Social,   7.30 pm – Dinner



Cost:  
Determined at the restaurant:  we will order family style.

RSVP:
Even though we are not taking payment in advance of the dinner, please RSVP because we are ordering food in advance.  Please RSVP via our website before 11:59 pm, Thursday, Feb 18, 2016.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

2016 CERAWeek - Houston

Feb 25-26, 2016
Hilton Americas-Houston

Featuring MIT speakers, including MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) Director Robert Armstrong SM’97; Professor Yet-Ming Chiang '80, SCD '85, Professor Kristala Jones Prather ’94; Professor Yogesh Surendranath ’PD '11, PhD '11; MITEI Research Director Francis O’Sullivan ’SM '04, ENG '06, PD '07, PhD '07, PD '09; Professor Jeff Grossman; US Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz; and others!

We are pleased to invite you to the Thursday and Friday sessions of the IHS Energy CERAWeek 2016 – IHS CERA’s 35th annual Executive Conference at the Hilton Americas in Houston, Texas, Feb 25-26, 2016, with complimentary (free) MIT Alumni registration for the MIT program (starting 2pm Feb 25 through Feb 26.)  Space is limited, so register as soon as possible, learn more...


Wednesday, March 02, 2016

2016 Houston Rockets - Presentation and Game

Houston Rockets vs New Orleans Pelicans
Wed, Mar 2, 2016
Toyota Center

5:15pm Enter Pre-Game Shoot
5:30 – 6pm Pre-Game Shoot
6:10pm Presentation
7:00pm Game 

 

 

Register and pay via our website before 11:59pm CT, Sunday, Feb 28, 2016

For the seventh time, we have a wonderful opportunity to cheer for the Houston Rockets, as well as hear about Sports statistics from the team's general manager and MIT alum, Daryl Morey.  Morey holds a bachelor's degree in computer science with an emphasis on statistics from Northwestern University, as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.  This event is co-sponsored by the Northwestern University Club of Houston and the MIT Club of South Texas.

WAIT LIST:  If the "Registration" button at the top of the registration page is "not visible", then we have sold out of our initial allotment of tickets.  We have an option for additional tickets.  If you are interested, please email us to be placed on the wait list.  Please tell us how many tickets you want.


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2016 LEAP Program for Local Teachers

Made Possible By The William Z. Hwa '40 '41 Leadership in Education Scholarship 

Do You Know A Science or Math Teacher That Would Like to Attend a 1 Week Summer Session at MIT?

The Club recognizes key science and math teachers who are making a difference and to support their ongoing commitment to educating our youth in science and technology.  We invite science and math teachers from the Greater Houston/South Texas Area to apply for the 2016 MIT Leadership in Education Award (LEAP). 

 
Application deadline is Feb 15, 2016 - learn more at our LEAP webpage

MIT Alumni Judges Needed for 2016 Science & Engineering Fair - Houston
The MIT Club needs judges for the 2016 Science Engineering Fair of Houston.

Saturday, February 27, 2016
1:00 - 4:30pm

Learn more here


SCRATCH

1. (v) what you do when you have an itch
2. (n) an programming language developed at MIT to help teach children (and adults) programming in a fun and easy manner
3. (n) an opportunity to participate in the MIT K-12 STEM outreach

We have two opportunities to work with high school students on projects involving the SCRATCH programming language.

The first opportunity is working as an event coordinator or grader for the MIT Club of South Texas/Kingwood High School Science Olympiad Invitational at Kingwood High School on Saturday, February 6, 2016.  The event is called "Game On" and is a new national event that was trialed here in Texas last year.  As the event coordinator, you create the "test" in which you direct the teams on a broad theme and required game elements.   Several volunteers will be required to score the programs after the exam.    SCRATCH is available for download at scratch.mit.edu

A second opportunity is teaching SCRATCH at the Star of Hope mission.  The MIT Club of South Texas is putting together a series of STEM programs for high school students on Friday evenings at the Star of Hope Mission and demonstrating accessible technology for high school students.  SCRATCH has been designed to let students have quick results from their programming effort.  Dates will be scheduled in 2016.

If you are interested in helping with either of these activities please contact Marilyn Taggi Cisar at marilyn@mithouston.org


South Texas K-12 STEM Webpage Launch
We have launched our K-12 STEM webpage!
Learn more...


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MIT Hyperloop Team Needs Your Support

Breaking News Feb 1, 2016:  MIT Hyperloop Team wins first round of SpaceX Hyperloop contest

The MIT Hyperloop Team needs your support! The team is an incredible ensemble of Course 15, 2, 16, and 6 students, and they are building a pod to compete in the SpaceX Hyperloop competition in June 2016. Because they are constructing and designing a physical half-scale pod, they require significant funds to cover materials, machining, electronics, etc.

Hyperloop is a new paradigm of transportation proposed by Elon Musk in 2013. Cruising at 760 mph, Hyperloop is poised to revolutionize transportation. Travelling in an evacuated tube above the ground, it allows passenger travel at high velocity with low energy consumption due to the diminished drag force of atmospheric air.

Over 160 university teams are participating in the first ever pod competition organized by SpaceX. From now until June 2016, Team MIT will be designing, refining, and constructing our pod leading up to the competition test run at a 1 mile testing tube constructed by SpaceX in Los Angeles, California.

They are looking for support from alumni in any of these four ways:
1. Stay Updated - sign up to receive occasional updates about team progress and milestones
2. Advise - sign up to receive technical updates from engineering leads and help advance and critique pod design
3. Refer - Introduce us to potential corporate sponsors
4. Donate - Help support the team with tax-deductible donations through the team's MIT Annual Fund account

For more information, please contact the team at hyperloop-lead@mit.edu or visit the team website http://hyperloop.mit.edu


Local Alumni Spotlight: Ron Sills CH ‘70

Affiliate Event: "ABCs of VW Crisis: What Happened, About Diesel Emissions and Industry Impact"
ABB Automation & Power Center – Houston
Feb 16, 2016
8:30am to Noon

Dr. Ronald (Ron) Sills CH ‘70, Founding Director, XTL & DME Institute, is an internationally recognized expert and speaker on energy issues, particularly about hydrocarbon conversion to gasoline and diesel, and is presenting a seminar on the VW engine emissions crisis and the resultant industry impact.  Learn more...


Seeking volunteers for Star of Hope “Activities for Teens” Sessions

As part of its local community outreach the MIT Club of South Texas will host a series of educational enrichment programs for teen residents of the Star of Hope.  The programs will be held on Friday evenings at the Women & Family Emergency Shelter and Transitional Living Center in Houston.

Initial program topics include a demonstration by a robotics competition team, current direction of space exploration and technology careers in 2025 (medical, industrial, military, etc.). Each program would be a one-evening presentation with an engaging multifaceted curriculum designed for youth. Volunteers are needed for curriculum development as well as presenters including professionals to offer testimonials and encouragement.  Alumni may volunteer for either curriculum development or curriculum presentation tasks.
All participants in the presentations required to complete a Star of Hope Volunteer Application for advance clearance. Those seeking additional information or interested in joining a program night please contact David Brown at david-b@mithouston.org


Annual Club Membership Drive – Calendar Year 2016

The MIT Club of South Texas invites you to join or renew your membership for 2016.  Membership in the club runs coincident with the calendar year.  Need to sign up for 2016 membership or need to check your membership status?  Please visit our website Membership page.


We’re Looking for Speakers…Got an Interesting Topic?

Can you give an interesting presentation about your profession (or avocation)?  This can be a professional talk, an overview of an area, or a collection of “war stories” about your professional experiences. We’re looking for local alums to speak at an upcoming club event.  Learn more...


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