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Top 10 famous alumni of MIT

Graduates from this towering institute have been ruling in almost every field of the world. To sort out ten most famous graduates from MIT is just like exploring the space. However, after accomplishing this pain-in-the-neck job, Topyaps presents the list of ten most celebrated graduates of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

10. Mike Aponte:

Skipper of the MIT Blackjack Team, which implemented sophisticated mathematical strategies to beat casinos worldwide in blackjack. Also known as MIT Mike, he was enrolled in MIT as a student of economics and was an active member of football team. He now runs a company “Blackjack Institute” which guides blackjack aspirants. 21, a drama film of director Robert Luketic is inspired by the real life functioning of the MIT Blackjack Team.

9. Steve Altes:

An incredible rocket engineer and a famous writer, Steve holds three degrees from the MIT – Master’s in public policy as well as bachelor’s and master’s in Aerospace Engineering. In 1991, his team “Orbital Science Corporation” was awarded by president Bush with “National Medal of Technology”. A nerd with nomadic career, he has worked as an aide of former president Bill Clinton, a business consultant, a speaker and also acted in some movies such as – Hollow Man, Spy game, The Peacemaker, Girl Interrupted and etc.

8. Benjamin Netanyahu:

Graduate in architecture from MIT in 1975 and M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1977, Benjamin Netanyahu is the ninth prime minister of Israel. Considered as one of the most powerful political figure in world, he has also worked as Israeli ambassador to United Nations from 1984 to 1988. He is often criticized by Iranians for comparing the Islamic Republic of Iran with Nazi Germany.

7. Colin Angle:

Colin holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering as well as M.S. in computer science, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With the help of his two friends – Rodney Brooks and Helen Greiner, he founded iRobot Corporation in 1990. Winner of numerous awards, Colin has a great contribution in NASA’s Mars exploring mission.

6. Ken Olsen:

Co-founder of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), Kenneth Harry Olsen completed his B.S. in 1950 and M.A. (Electrical Engineering) in 1952, both from the MIT. Olsen is better known for his paternalistic management trend as well as for valuing technical excellence. After founding the DEC in 1957 with his friend Harlan Anderson, he soon got patents for magnetic core memory, line printer buffer, a saturable switch and diode transformer gate circuit.

5. Robert Metcalfe:

Robert Metcalfe is credited for inventing the Metcalfe’s Law, co-inventing the Ethernet and founding a computer networking industry 3Com. He graduated from MIT with two B.S. degrees in 1969 – Electrical Engineering and Industrial Management. He also constructed some hardware that would link the minicomputers of MIT with ARPAnet and later he made it the topic of his doctoral thesis.


4. Kofi Annan:

Former Secretary-General of the United Nations and winner of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize,
Kofi Atta Annan was enrolled in the Sloan fellows program of MIT Sloan School of Management and earned the M.S. degree. He has played a significant role for the betterment of Africa as well as establishing the United Nations as a sophisticated and diplomatic tool.

3. John M. Deutch:

One of the most notable alumnus of MIT! He has worked as the Director of Central Intelligence during the presidentship of Bill Clinton and before this designation he was the
United States Deputy Secretary of Defense. After completing his degree in Chemical
Engineering from MIT, he earned a PhD in chemistry from the same institute.

2. John Thain:

Nicknamed as “Superman” by media sources, John Alexander Thain is the CEO of CIT Group Inc., a global commercial finance company. An Electrical Engineering graduate from MIT, this investment banker and corporate king also possesses the MBA degree from Harvard Business School. He is also an active social worker and holds the membership of  advisory committee in Federal Reserve Bank, MIT, Harvard and INSEAD.

1. William Reddington Hewlett:

Hewlett earned the degree of M.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1936 and later co-founded the renowned Hewlett-Packard (HP) company with his Stanford friend David Packard. Considered as one of the most eminent entrepreneurs of the past century, he has served as the president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and contributed significantly in the development of American Electronics Associations.

8 Comments

  1. Clarification

    November 2, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Clarification: Mike Aponte was simply one of over 150 players trained to play for the MIT Blackjack Team. He joined the Team as a player in 1992, more than 12 years after the team’s initial founding during which time the team had completed approximately 20 successive and profitable ventures.

    The most notable MIT graduate related to the MIT Blackjack Team was JP Massar, who joined founder Bill Kaplan in 1980 and later became one of the co-managers and general partners of the team with Kaplan. Massar is featured in the History Channel documentary on the team and is referred to as Mr. M in the show.

  2. Neil

    November 9, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    woah!!!! Smashing content dude, btw whts wrong buddy? No updates from past few days :-(
    Please publish some more lists with your fascinating descriptions…waiting desperately!

  3. admin

    November 10, 2010 at 1:55 am

    TopYaps is busy with the redesigning thing :)
    We will get back with new lists in a day or two.
    Thanks for your support Neil :)

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  5. wooer

    March 23, 2011 at 9:29 am

    an elevated list of our great torch bearers. Thanks dear for commemorating our great heroes !

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