Alice Waugh, LGO Communications Director
Newly admitted members of the LGO Class of 2014 shared their excitement about the next two years as they ate breakfast and met with LGO faculty and staff at the kickoff for a two-day open house in the MIT Faculty Club.
LGO Program Director Don Rosenfield gives the
Class of 2014 his overview of LGO
"This is really the program for me. To get accepted is like a dream come true," said Orion English, who heard about LGO from former Northrop Grumman (later Newport News Shipbuilding) co-worker Robert Hardy (LGO '10). English, until recently a structural engineer working on aircraft carriers, found a kindred spirit at the open house in Alecia Lenis (LGO '13), who worked in commercial ship-building in Canada and China before coming to MIT LGO.
The youngest person at the breakfast was the four-month-old son of Noa Ben-Zvi, who is coming to LGO after managing a team of design engineers in the Israel Defense Force. Her husband Danny is starting a postdoc at Harvard while their older son is entering preschool.
"I've been out of school for six years, so I'm really looking forward to the engineering classes and going back to studying and learning," said Ben-Zvi, who will earn a master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science along with an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Greg Price didn't have to travel far for the open house—he already lives in Cambridge and has been working for six years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory on software and hardware design of embedded systems. He took a class at MIT as a special student and was hooked on applying to LGO. "This is exactly where I want to be," he said.
After the breakfast, the newest LGOs launched themselves into a raft of informational and social activities on topics ranging from LGO cultural traditions to housing and financial aid. "I'm excited to see what will unfold over the next two days," said Arnita Hayden, who worked in operations at Morgan Stanley in New York.
See video highlights of Open House, including Don Rosenfield's overview of LGO history and alumnus Dan Shockley (LGO '07) on the executive access, the management and technology toolkit, and the lifelong alumni network that are unique to the LGO program.