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Lecture by Charles M. Vest -- "Innovation: A 21st Century Imperative"

Charles M. Vest
President Emeritus, MIT
March 8, 2006

"Innovation: A 21st Century Imperative"

MIT President Emeritus Charles M. Vest discusses the critical role of innovation in the nation's future and how that future is impacted by globalization and the advancement of research.

Vest is a leader in higher education and science and technology policy. He served as President of MIT from 1990 through 2004 and as vice chair of the Council on Competitiveness from 1997 to 2004. Vest continues to advise the highest levels of government and academia and now serves on the U.S. Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education and the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He was a member of the Presidential Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction and of the Augustine Committee that wrote the report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm.

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