Friday, July 10, 2015

MITES and William Ramsey

The Impact

As MITES celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2015, we look back upon the 40 years of students, mentors, accomplishments, and people who played significant roles in MITES successes. William "Bill" Ramsey, Class of 1951 – Course VI, was the executive director of Minority Introduction to Engineering from 1988 to his untimely death in 1995. Professor Emeritus of Aeronautics and Astronautics Leon Trilling, who worked with Ramsey through the MITES program, said, “He was a very wonderful human being and extremely skillful in understanding and thoughtful in dealing with the students that came to him.” The Tech, V114, I66, January 25, 1995

"Bill Ramsey did exceptional things for people and for MIT," said Provost Mark S. Wrighton. "I had the opportunity to interact with him in connection with our MITES program, and he was extraordinary: sensitive, yet firm; encouraging, yet realistic. Bill was a truly dedicated man and one who had earned an enjoyable old age."

The Legacy

The William Ramsey Endowed Fund is a fitting tribute to honor Bill's commitment to mentor and spur young people, particularly from underrepresented minority groups, to excellence and leadership in the technical domain. This endowed fund enables us to consistently deliver a quality program by mitigating annual fluctuations in contributions.

The 40th Anniversary

On Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18, the MITES 40th anniversary celebration begins. All people with any affiliation to the Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP) are invited to attend, including students, alumni of all programs, parents of all programs, the MIT community, local community members, donors, and others. More details about the MITES 40th Anniversary Kick-Off Weekend will be made available here.

Photo Credit: MIT OEOP
Excerpt from OEOP - Shawna Young, Executive Director

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