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The MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing aims to address the opportunities and challenges presented by the ubiquity of computing — across industries and academic disciplines — perhaps most notably illustrated by the rise of artificial intelligence.

Announced in October 2018, the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing represents a $1.1 billion commitment by MIT, enabled by a $350 million gift from Stephen Schwarzman, chairman, CEO, and co-founder of global asset manager Blackstone. Both in business and through his extensive philanthropy, Mr. Schwarzman focuses on providing transformative solutions to global-scale problems.

With its initial organizational structure effective January 1, 2020 and scheduled to complete construction of a new building on the MIT campus in 2023, the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing will:

  • Reorient MIT to not only deliver the latest advances in computer science and AI but also discover the power of computing in every field of study on campus, while ensuring that the future of computing is shaped by insights from other disciplines.
  • Create 50 new faculty positions located both within the college and jointly with other academic departments across MIT.
  • Provide a structure for collaborative education, research, and innovation in computing across all of MIT’s schools.
  • Educate students in every discipline to be “bilingual,” so they can responsibly use and develop computing technologies to help make a better world.
  • Transform education and research in societal, public policy, and ethical considerations relevant to computing.

The founding of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing is both a big leap into the future — and a natural next step for an institution that has been at the forefront of computing and AI from the start. The college will enable MIT to emerge as a global leader in the responsible and ethical evolution of technologies that are poised to transform society. In a geopolitical environment constantly being reframed by technology, the college will also play a significant role in ensuring national competitiveness and security.

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Statement from the Schwarzman College of Computing Leadership regarding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The leadership of MIT’s Schwarzman College of Computing stands in solidarity with Black people and those committed to anti-racism. We abhor and reject the entrenched racism and brutality that continues to rob so many families of loved ones, and foreshortens the horizons and opportunities for so many more. Tackling systemic racism and its accumulated legacy requires channeling energy, ideas, effort, and action from every field of study across our campus, and beyond. We have been building links and fostering partnerships, so that together we can work to advance the role of computing in progress toward a more equitable society. With ICEO John Dozier, we are working to fulfill the College's commitment to hire a leader for equity and inclusion. We have also organized several community events in College units (including EECS, CSAIL and IDSS) to discuss how to best combat racism and its adverse consequences on our community and society, and are committed to being an active part of Institute-wide action to address racism and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The College is actively working to address racism and to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, in partnership and collaboratively with the academic units, labs and centers of the College. We support some long-standing programs and activities in these units, as well as others that are in response to the current moment. These involve students, faculty and staff in the individual units of the College in listening, learning and action. Since the inception of the College in January, we have focused on improving diversity in faculty recruiting, and are developing additional plans for graduate admissions, and for improving the culture and climate in the College, in conjunction with the rest of MIT. We expect to share more about these activities over the summer and through the fall semester.

Daniel Huttenlocher, Dean
David Kaiser, Associate Dean for SERC
Eileen Ng, Assistant Dean for Administration
Asu Ozdaglar, Deputy Dean for Academics and EECS Department Head
Daniela Rus, Deputy Dean for Research and CSAIL Director
Julie Shah, Associate Dean for SERC

 

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The MIT Schwarzman College of Computing is both bringing together existing MIT programs in computing and developing much-needed new cross-cutting educational and research programs."
Dan Huttenlocher, Dean of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing