Irene T. Cheng, SM ’78


“Considering large, aiming excessive, and making a distinction had been guidelines of the street embedded throughout my time at MIT,” says Irene Cheng, SM ’78, who went on to a profitable Wall Road profession as a managing director at Lazard Asset Administration after incomes a graduate diploma in chemical engineering from the Institute. “I used to be helped alongside the best way to achieve these ambitions and hope to do the identical for others. Who is aware of—somebody whose life I contact could find yourself shaking the world sooner or later.”

Shedding mild on the workings of the human mind: The Irene T. Cheng Fund at MIT helps graduate fellowships within the Division of Mind and Cognitive Sciences. Cheng additionally volunteers on the division’s visiting committee. “The mind stands out as a frontier nonetheless not properly explored, with big ramifications spanning particular person drugs and synthetic intelligence,” she says. “MIT is completely positioned to be on the forefront of this type of problem, with the sheer scale and scope of its expertise, its interdisciplinary orientation, and the eagerness that pervades its tradition.”

Supporting thrilling and important work: “I really feel impressed to share on this nice journey,” Cheng says. “Kudos to MIT for having the ability to entice a number of the most promising younger expertise from all throughout the globe. How unbelievable to have the ability to have interaction with these people and to share of their enthusiasm and goals.”

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