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Celebrating Math at MIT
MIT NEWS OFFICE, Celebrating Math at MIT, Oct 03, 2016

The Department of Mathematics invites the MIT community to celebrate the completion of the Simons Building renovation on Friday, October 7, 2016. The festivities will begin with a symposium, "Celebrating Math at MIT," which will take place in the Wong Auditorium (E51-115) from 9:00am-1:00pm. A dedication ceremony will begin at 4:00pm in Lowell Court, to be followed by a reception.

The Simons Building is part of the iconic Main Group complex, designed by architect William Bosworth, and had been largely untouched since its completion in 1916. The renovation, led by MIT alumna Ann Beha '75 and her firm, sought to restore the antiquated infrastructure of Building 2 as well as to give students, faculty, and staff updated spaces more suited to their needs. A key feature of the renovation is the introduction of community spaces strategically designed for group interaction, such as new conference, seminar, and casual community spaces. Graduate student and instructor offices were reconfigured into suites opening onto shared meeting areas so that discussions and office hours do not interfere with quiet concentration.

Symposium and Dedication Schedule:

Speaker: Tomasz S. Mrowka '83
Singer Professor and Department Head, MIT Mathematics
9:00am-9:15am, E51-115
My Days in Building 2
Speaker: James H. Simons '58
Chairman of Renaissance Technologies, Euclidean Capital, and the Simons Foundation
9:15am-9:35am, E51-115
Consistent Hashing and the Creation of Akamai
Speaker: Tom Leighton PhD '81
Professor of Applied Mathematics, MIT Mathematics and CEO, Akamai Technologies
9:40am-10:30am, E51-115
Real Cubic Curves
Speaker: John W. Milnor
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics, Stony Brook University
10:45am-11:35am, E51-115
Spectral Theory in Building 2
Speaker: Daniel A. Spielman PhD '95
Henry Ford II Professor of Computer Sicence, Mathematics, and Applied Mathematics, Yale University
11:40am-12:30pm, E51-115
Jim Simons as a Student at MIT
Speaker: Isadore M. Singer, Institute Professor Emeritus, MIT Mathematics
12:30pm-1:00pm, E51-115
Dedication Ceremony
4:00pm, Lowell Court, with reception to follow in the Simons Building