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This list of Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumni includes students who studied as undergraduates or graduate students at MIT's School of Engineering, School of Science, Sloan School of Management, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, School of Architecture and Planning, or Whitaker College of Health Sciences.


Politics and Public Service

United States

Name Degree Degree Year Notability Notes
Les Aspin Ph.D. - Economics 1966 US Congressman from Wisconsin, Clinton's first Secretary of Defense
Ben Bernanke Ph.D. - Economics 1979 Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank
Stephen Blythe B.S. - Biology 1974 Physician, U.S. House of Representatives candidate
Samuel Bodman Sc. D. - Chemical Engineering 1965 Secretary of Energy (2005-2009)
Jun Choi S.B. - Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering 1994 Mayor of Edison, New Jersey
Henry Cohen (civil servant) S.M. - Urban Planning 1949 Director of Föhrenwald Displaced Persons camp in the American sector of post-WWII Germany
Jimmy Doolittle S.M., Sc. D. - Aeronautical Engineering 1924, 1925 U.S. Air Force general
Luis A. Ferré S.B., S.M. - Mechanical Engineering 1924, 1925 Governor of Puerto Rico
Frank Kowalski S.M. - Mechanical Engineering 1937 United States Representative from Connecticut
N. Gregory Mankiw Ph.D. - Economics 1984 Chairman of President Bush's Council of Economic Advisors
Mark McClellan Ph.D. - Economics 1993 head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration
Katharine Dexter McCormick S.B. - Biology 1904 suffragette, funded research for The Pill
David Nolan S.B. - Political Science 1965 Founder of United States Libertarian Party
John Olver Ph.D. - Chemistry 1961 US House of Representatives for Massachusetts
Joseph J. Romm S.B. - Physics, Ph.D. - Physics 1982, 1987 Assistant Secretary of the U. S. Department of Energy
Francis Sargent Dropped out - studied architecture 1939 Governor of Massachusetts
George Schultz Ph.D. - Economics 1949 Secretary of State
Pete Stark S.B. - General Engineering 1956 US House of Representatives for California
John E. Sununu S.B., S.M. - Mechanical Engineering 1987, 1987 United States Senator from New Hampshire
John H. Sununu S.B., S.M., Ph.D. - Mechanical Engineering 1961, 1963, 1966 White House Chief of Staff under President George H.W. Bush, Governor of New Hampshire, host of Crossfire


Name Degree Degree Year Notability Notes
Tadatoshi Akiba Ph.D. - Mathematics 1970 Mayor of Hiroshima
Kofi Annan S.M. - Management 1972 Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
Pedro Aspe Armella Ph.D. - Economics 1978 Mexican Secretary of Finance
Youssef Boutros Ghali Ph.D. - Economics 1981 Egyptian Minister of Finance
Virgilio Barco S.B. - Civil Engineering 1943 Colombian president
Ahmed Chalabi S.B. - Mathematics 1965 controversial Iraqi politician, now currently deputy prime minister of Iraq
José Figueres Ferrer 1926 President of Costa Rica
C.D. Howe 1907 Canadian politician and cabinet minister
Tamila Ahmadov S.M Management Senior advisor to Heydar Aliyev, president of Azerbaijan 1999 – 2002
Mao Chi-kuo Ph.D. 1982 Minister of Transport & Communications of the Republic of China (Taiwan) (2008-) [1]
Rigoberto Omar Romero Martínez S.M. - Civil Engineering Honduran Sub-secretary of Planning (1984) and Sub-secretary of Transportation and Public Works (1985)
David Miliband S.M. Political Science 1990 British politician, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Mohammad Ali Najafi S.M. - Mathematics 1979 former Vice President of Iran [2]
Benjamin Netanyahu S.B. - Architecture, S.M. - Management 1975, 1976 Prime Minister of Israel
Khaled Touqan Ph.D. - Nuclear Engineering 1982 Minister of Education of Jordan (2000-2007), Head of Jordanian Nuclear Energy Commission (2007-)
Milen Velchev S.M. - Management 1995 Bulgarian financial minister (2001-2005)
Robert Winters Canadian politician
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala M.C.P. - City Planning, Ph.D. - Urban Studies & Planning 1978, 1981 Finance Minister of Nigeria (2003-2006), Foreign Minister of Nigeria, (2006)

Architecture and Design

Business and Entrepreneurship

Computers and Internet


  • William David Coolidge S.B. 1896 — American physicist who made major contributions to X-ray machines, director of the General Electric Research Laboratory.
  • Charles Stark Draper S.B. 1926, S.M. 1928, Sc. D. 1938 — American engineer and inventor, often called "the father of inertial navigation", he was inducted to the National Inventor Hall of Fame in 1981.
  • Chintalapati Satya Narayana Raju of Narayanapuram Village,Visakhpatnam Dist,Madras Presidency (Presently Andhra Pradesh)India.Masters in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering 1927 and among the first batch of Students from India to Graduate from MIT and First person from India to receive Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.He served as Chief Engineer (Thermal) Central Water Power Commission Govt of INDIA,New Delhi.
  • Bowei Lee - CEO of LCY Chemicals, Taiwan.
  • Nicholas A. Peppas - Chaired Professor in Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, pioneer in drug delivery, biomaterials, hydrogels and nanobiotechnology.
  • Dorian Shainin B.Sc. 1936 Aeronautical Engineering— Quality paradigm pioneer and guru, considered one of the world’s foremost experts in the fields of industrial problem solving, product reliability and quality engineering, known for the creation and development of the “Red X” concept.
  • Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui - CEO and Founder of Techcorp Group of Companies in Pakistan, UAE, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and China.
  • Tejvir Singh -CEO

Manufacturing & Defense

Finance and Consulting

Health care and Biotechnology


Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences


Science and Technology

Alumni Nobel laureates (73 in total)

Name Degree Degree Year Award Year Award Citation Notes
George Akerlof Ph.D. 1966 2001 Economics "for their analyses of markets with asymmetric information" [8]
Robert Aumann S.M. 1952 2005 Economics "for having enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis" [9]
Sid Altman S.B. 1960 1989 Chemistry "for their discovery of catalytic properties of RNA" [10]
Kofi Annan S.M. 1972 2001 Peace "for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world" [11]
Elias James Corey S.B., Ph.D. 1948, 1951 1990 Chemistry "for his development of the theory and methodology of organic synthesis" [12]
Eric Cornell Ph.D. 1990 2001 Physics "for the achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute gases of alkali atoms, and for early fundamental studies of the properties of the condensates" [13]
Richard Feynman S.B. 1939 1965 Physics "for their fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics, with deep-ploughing consequences for the physics of elementary particles" [14]
Andrew Z. Fire Ph.D. 1983 2006 Medicine/Physiology "for their discovery of RNA interference - gene silencing by double-stranded RNA" [15]
Murray Gell-Mann Ph.D. 1951 1969 Physics "for his contributions and discoveries concerning the classification of elementary particles and their interactions" [16]
Leland H. Hartwell Ph.D. 1964 2001 Medicine/Physiology "for their discoveries of key regulators of the cell cycle" [17]
H. Robert Horvitz S.B. 1968 2002 Medicine/Physiology "for their discoveries concerning 'genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death'" [18]
Henry W. Kendall S.B., Ph.D. 1948, 1951 1990 Physics "for their pioneering investigations concerning deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons, which have been of essential importance for the development of the quark model in particle physics" [19]
Lawrence Klein Ph.D. 1944 1980 Economics "for the creation of econometric models and the application to the analysis of economic fluctuations and economic policies" [20]
Robert B. Laughlin Ph.D. 1979 1998 Physics "for their discovery of a new form of quantum fluid with fractionally charged excitations" [21]
Robert C. Merton Ph.D. 1970 1997 Economics "for a new method to determine the value of derivatives" [22]
Robert S. Mulliken S.B. 1917 1966 Chemistry "for his fundamental work concerning chemical bonds and the electronic structure of molecules by the molecular orbital method" [23]
Robert Mundell Ph.D. 1956 1999 Economics "for his analysis of monetary and fiscal policy under different exchange rate regimes and his analysis of optimum currency areas" [24]
Charles Pedersen S.M. 1927 1987 Chemistry "for their development and use of molecules with structure-specific interactions of high selectivity" [25]
William D. Phillips Ph.D. 1976 1997 Physics "for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light" [26]
Burton Richter S.B., Ph.D. 1952, 1956 1976 Physics "for their pioneering work in the discovery of a heavy elementary particle of a new kind" [27]
John Robert Schrieffer S.B. 1953 1972 Physics "for their jointly developed theory of superconductivity, usually called the BCS-theory" [28]
William Shockley Ph.D. 1936 1956 Physics "for their researches on semiconductors and their discovery of the transistor effect" [29]
George F. Smoot S.B., Ph.D. 1966, 1970 2006 Physics "for their discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation" [30]
Joseph Stiglitz Ph.D. 1966 2001 Economics "for their analyses of markets with asymmetric information" [31]
Carl E. Wieman S.B. 1973 2001 Physics "for the achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute gases of alkali atoms, and for early fundamental studies of the properties of the condensates" [32]
Robert Burns Woodward S.B. 1936 1965 Chemistry "for his outstanding achievements in the art of organic synthesis" [33]

Alumni astronauts

Name Degree Year Mission
James Alan Abrahamson S.B. - Aeronautics/Astronautics 1955 Manned Orbital Laboratory (selected but program canceled)
Buzz Aldrin Sc. D- Aeronautics/Astronautics 1963 Gemini 12, Apollo 11
Dominic Antonelli S.B. - Aeronautics/Astronautics 1989 STS-119
Jerome Apt Ph. D - Physics 1976 STS-37, STS-47, STS-59, STS-79
Kenneth Cameron S.B., S.M. - Aeronautics/Astronautics 1978, 1979 STS-37, STS-56, STS-74
Gregory Chamitoff Ph.D. - Aeronautics/Astronautics 1992 STS-124, Expedition 17, Expedition 18, STS-126
Franklin Chang-Diaz Sc. D. - Nuclear Engineering 1977 STS-61-C, STS-34, STS-46, STS-60, STS-75, STS-91, STS-111
Philip K. Chapman S.M., Ph.D. 1964, 1967 1967
Catherine Coleman S.B. - Chemistry 1983 STS-73, STS-93
Timothy Creamer S.M. 1992
Charles Duke S.M. - Aeronautics/Astronautics 1964 Apollo 16
Anthony England S.B., S.M., Ph.D. - Earth, Atmosphere, and Planetary Sciences 1965, 1965, 1970 STS-51-F
Edward Fincke S.B., S.B. - Aeronautics/Astronautics, Earth, Atmosphere, and Planetary Sciences 1989 Soyuz TMA-4, Expedition 9, Soyuz TMA-13, Expedition 18
John Grunsfeld S.B. - Physics 1980 STS-67, STS-81, STS-103, STS-109, STS-125
Terry Hart S.M. - Mechanical Engineering 1969 STS-41-C
Frederick Hauck S.M. - Nuclear Engineering 1966 STS-7, STS-51-A, STS-26
Wendy Lawrence S.M. - Ocean Engineering 1988 STS-67, STS-86, STS-91, STS-114
Mark C. Lee S.M. - Mechanical Engineering 1980 STS-30, STS-47, STS-64, STS-81
William B. Lenoir S.B., S.M., Ph.D. - Electrical Engineering 1961, 1962, 1965 STS-5
Michael Massimino S.M., S.M., Mechanical Engineer, Ph.D. - Mechanical Engineering 1988, 1988, 1990, 1992 STS-109, STS-125
Ronald McNair Ph.D. - Physics 1976 STS-41-B, STS-51-L
Pamela Ann Melroy S.M. - Earth, Atmosphere, and Planetary Sciences 1984 STS-92, STS-112, STS-120
Edgar Mitchell Sc. D. - Aeronautics/Astronautics 1964 Apollo 14
Nicholas Patrick S.M., Ph.D. - Mechanical Engineering 1990, 1996 STS-116
Russell Schweickart S.B., S.M. - Aeronautics/Astronautics 1956, 1963 Apollo 9
David Scott S.M., Engineer in Aeronautics/Astronautics 1962, 1962 Gemini 8, Apollo 9, Apollo 15
William Shepherd S.M., Ocean Engineer 1978, 1978 STS-27, STS-41, STS-52, Soyuz TM-31, Expedition 1, STS-102
Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper S.B., S.M. - Mechanical Engineering 1984, 1985 STS-115, STS-126
Daniel Tani S.B., S.M. - Mechanical Engineering 1984, 1985 STS-108, STS-120, Expedition 16, STS-122
Robert Thirsk S.M., M.S. - Mechanical Engineering, Management 1978, 1998 STS-78, Soyuz TMA-14, Expedition 19, STS-127
Janice Voss S.M., Ph.D. - Electrical Engineering, Aeronautics/Astronautics 1977, 1978 STS-57, STS-63, STS-83, STS-94, STS-99
Stephen Robinson Post Doc at Man-Vehicle Lab, Aeronautics/Astronautics 1993 STS-85, STS-95, STS-114
Neil Woodward S.B. 1984




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