Massachusetts Institute of technology

MIT, or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the very best institutions of higher learning in the world. In fact, in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings has placed MIT as number one several years, including for 2015-2016. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2015-2016 MIT was placed as number 5. The university is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was founded in 1861. MIT has since its foundation been heavily focused on applied sciences and engineering, both regarding to research and education.

Impressive alumni
Today the university encompasses one college and five schools, on a campus of a total of 168 acres. There are 32 different departments with a total of over 11,000 students and over 1,000 academic staff members. The university has an impressive list of notable alumni, which includes no less than 85 Nobel laureates, 52 recipients of the National Medal of Science, 45 Rhodes Scholars and 65 Marshall Scholars. In addition to this the school has produced 34 astronauts.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Computer science with a little something extra
Today the most popular major is Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, also known as EECS, followed by Computer Science and Engineering. There’s no doubting computer science skills is highly valued at MIT. The university obviously also caters to students who don’t want to follow the applied sciences or engineering route, and also have several options is the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences or HASS.

Among other programs the university offers a popular marketing program, which is a great place to start for anyone wanting to work in PR, media and marketing positions. Many positions will actually favour applicants that have marketing skills and qualifications as well as the needed qualifications in their specific field. This is especially true for computer sciences and technologies. You only need to check out modern web pages to see that an understanding of marketing strategies, use of graphics and so on is very important when you are selling yourself as an internet professional. A degree from MIT most definitely opens doors, and as a graduate you’ll be in some pretty amazing company. MIT alumni includes such names as Kofi Annan, Buzz Aldrin and Richard Feynman.

Famous people from Massachusetts

Massachusetts has been the birthplace of many celebrities, in a variety of different fields, from acting and literature to politics and inventions.

Great inventions                                        
Among the most notable inventors we wind Alexander Graham Bell, Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Morse. Bell was as most people know credited with inventing the telephone, all though there has been some controversy. In spite of this Bell has had a great influence on engineering innovation, and was involved in developing aeronautics, hydrofilms as well as the first working metal detector.

Samuel Morse was a co-inventor of the Morse code and was a great influencer in making telegraphy a commercial success.

Benjamin Franklin is known well for his work in politics as well as his inventions. As one of the founding fathers, few have had more impact on the history of the United States than him. Hi scientific studies broached a wide range of fields, and most famous are his lightning rod and bifocals; inventions that are important and in use to this day.Famous people from Massachusetts 11

Alongside Benjamin Franklin, the largest political personality to have been born in Massachusetts is probably John F. Kennedy. The politician was famous not only for being the 35th president of the USA, but also for his work on Cuban politics, the ban of nuclear testing as well as developments in the space race. Despite all his important contributions to American politics and society, he is probably most famous for his assassination in 1963. In broad daylight, he was gunned down during a motorcade through Dallas, Texas.

Entertainment
As far as literary giants go, there are several Massachusetts names that stand out. Nathaniel Hawthorne was an author perhaps most famous for his controversial The Scarlet Letter, although he enjoys success also with subsequent literary work. Sylvia Plath gained perhaps as much fame from her suicide as from her work, but she has been credited with being an important influence on confessional literature, and is best known for her works The Colossus and Other Poems and The Bell Jar.

Today we know such names as Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Edward Norton as huge names in the entertainment industry. These actors along with many others also have their roots in Massachusetts.