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The MIT Club of Puget Sound, part of the MIT Alumni Association, is an all-volunteer run organization for MIT Alumni living in the greater Seattle area. Each year we host a number of exciting events like these:
  • Monthly lectures and events featuring prominent local speakers and visiting professors from MIT
  • Monthly Happy Hours/Networking Events in Seattle and the Eastside
  • The Science and Engineering Program for Teachers (SEPT), in which we select five teachers each year to attend this one-week summer program for primary, middle, and high-school teachers to take a "drink from the fire hose" that is MIT
  • Discounted attendance to MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest events
  • A December luncheon with current MIT students from our area during their Winter break
  • A dinner honoring new students admitted to MIT for the following year
  • Our Annual Summer Picnic, a great chance to meet old friends and make new ones
Our Club is supported 100% by volunteers and dues/donations from members - we hope you'll join us.

Upcoming Events

Friday, September 09, 2016

Seattle Happy Hour

Come join us for Friday night drinks at Smith in Capitol Hill - we'll provide the fun and friends, you buy your own drinks!

 Cost = Free, you pay for your own drinks

Sunday, September 18, 2016

SPECIAL EVENT - Volunteer Appreciation Cruise!

Special Event for MIT Club of Puget Sound Volunteers ONLY!
 The MIT Club thanks you for helping make our year a success! One of our alums has once again kindly offered to take the volunteers for a 2-hr Lake Washington cruise.

Please join us so we can celebrate the successes of the past year together!

Cost:  FREE to volunteers!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

View from the Top: Driven by Demand with Jimmy Jia '02

Society buys energy for a simple reason: we value the heat, light and mobility it provides. We value the outcomes when transformed for our end uses. These outcomes, which are really aspects of consumer behavior, ultimately influences infrastructure decisions and energy supply.  This talk examines the end-uses of energy and works back to the infrastructure and resources required to maintain such consumer behaviors.  As any business, one must be cognizant of consumer demands. As consumer needs shift, so do requirements on our energy systems.  No longer satisfied with low cost, universal access to energy, businesses must respond to emerging trends of security, reliability, environmental stewardship and resiliency.

Dinner is included in the event ($10 members & guests; $25 non-members & guests).

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hike Lake Twentytwo with Fellow Alums and Friends
Join us for our next hike to Lake Twentytwo.  The hike is 5.4 miles roundtrip with an 1350 ft gain in elevation.  We'll meet at the Park-n-Ride off 405 at NE160th St in Bothell to carpool and head out by 7:30 am.  Dogs welcome!  Hike details are here.  We'll stop somewhere to eat lunch afterwards.

Cost:  Hike is free; lunch is Dutch treat.

Note:  Northwest Forest Pass required!




Tuesday, September 27, 2016

EC Dinner & MIT Admissions Meeting All ECs and Alumni are welcome to join us for the annual MIT Admissions meeting with representatives from MIT's Office of Admissions.  The meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00 PM. The EC Dinner will take place at 5:00.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

View From The Top: Bitcoin's Blockchain: Hype or Hope?

"Blockchain" is a technology that powers Bitcoin, and has gotten a lot of press. We'll explain how Bitcoin's blockchain technology works, and its properties, including efficiency, security, and anonymity. There is a lot of misinformation published about it, and to further the confusion, researchers are naming all sorts of things "blockchain" that bear little resemblance to the original blockchain. So, is blockchain a revolutionary technology that will enable not only electronic money, but have all sorts of other applications?  Or is it an unscalable fad that will fade away?  Dr. Radia Perlman ('73 and '88), recent inductee into the Inventors' Hall of Fame, will challenge us with an important lesson: it's important to know that not everything you read is true.

Dinner is included in the event ($10 members & guests; $25 non-members & guests).

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Triannual Program Planning Meeting (with pizza!)

The club relies on volunteers to help plan awesome talks, tours, and social events - join the program planning committee as we decide what our next events should be!  This is a great opportunity to contribute to our programs and meet great people (and your dinner is on the Club!)

 Cost = Free!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Larch March Hike with Fellow Alums and Friends

Unlike normal conifers that remain evergreen, larches are deciduous, meaning their needle-like leaves turn a brilliant color before dropping for the winter.  They change from ordinary green pine trees to a forest of yellow and orange.  Since the timing is determined by weather conditions, you have to be lucky to see them before their needles are wiped out by rainstorms.

Join us for on the Larch March -- hike on the Heather - Maple Pass Loop.  The hike is 7.2 miles roundtrip with a 2000 ft gain in elevation.  More details are here

It's a 3-hour drive to get to the trailhead, so we'll be meeting very early -- 5:45 am sharp!! -- at the Park-n-Ride off 405 at NE160th St in Bothell to carpool and head out by 6:00 am.  We'll grab lunch in Winthrop before we head back.

Note:  Northwest Forest Pass required!


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Spotlight

Check out this new KickStarter project from fellow Alum Roger Walco '85!

Check out these new books from our local alumni:

Bob Seidensticker '80 has a new novella called A Modern Christmas Carol, where a televangelist gets the Scrooge treatment.

Lola Ball '91 wrote a book called When Your Dog Has Cancer: Making the Right Decisions for You and Your Dog, published by Dogwise Publishing.

Matt McCluskey '91 has a new novel called The Last Weapon, about a physics professor who is on the run after a deadly lab disaster.

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