Susan Hockfield

President Emerita at MIT

About the speaker

A noted neuroscientist, Susan Hockfield, PhD, was the first life scientist and the first woman to serve as President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from 2004 to 2012. Previously, she held the positions of Provost and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences while she was the William Edward Gilbert Professor of Neurobiology at Yale University. She has received honorary degrees from universities around the world. She is president of AAAS and currently serves as a director of the General Electric Company, Partners HealthCare System, and the Council on Foreign Relations, is a life member of the MIT Corporation, a trustee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and a board member of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

About the lecture: The 21st Century’s Technology Story: The Convergence of Biology and Engineering

In 30 years, will we be able to sustainably provide food, water, energy and healthcare to 9.5 billion people? At her lecture, Dr Susan Hockfield discussed Convergence. The merging of previously distinct disciplines, has emerged as a powerful model with untold potential to drive a new cycle of innovation-based economic growth. Come discover how the blending of insights and discoveries from life, engineering, computation and physical sciences holds the promise of accelerating discovery and the development of new technologies to meet the 21st century’s needs. Both MIT and SUTD have been world leaders in promoting Convergence approaches in education and research, paving the way to the discoveries and technologies that will transform our world.

More about the speaker and her work

Neuroprosthetics and Deep Brain Stimulation: Two Big Neuroscience Breakthroughs
Professor Hockfield shares how neuroscience and engineering are uniting in mind-blowing ways that will drastically improve the quality of life for people with conditions like epilepsy, paralysis or schizophrenia. 

3Q: Susan Hockfield on a New Age of Living Machines
Professor Hockfield answers three questions on her book 'The Age of Living Machines' that offers a glimpse into a possible future driven by a new convergence of biology and engineering.