10 Famous Alumni Of Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Updated on 24 Apr, 2018 at 3:19 pm


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

1. Mike Aponte

The skipper of the MIT Blackjack Team, who 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 the 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.


2. 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 bachelors 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 etc.



3. 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 figures in the 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.



4. 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 to NASA’s Mars exploring mission.


5. 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.




6. Robert Metcalfe

Robert Metcalfe is credited with 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.


7. 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 at 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.


8. John M. Deutch

One of the most notable alumni 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 Ph.D. in chemistry from the same institute.


9. 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.


10. 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.