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UPOP Celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a series of informational gatherings in 2011-2012



 
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Tom Magnanti: UPOP a must for students
Armen Avanessians: "I get more back than I give"
Mentors: UPOP makes a difference!
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New York City reception attracts
Financial District alums
President of Singapore University of Technology
and Design flies in  
Dear Friends of UPOP,  

On November 8 members of MIT's extended community gathered in New York City's elegant Millenium Presidential Suite to celebrate UPOP's tenth academic year. The event was hosted by Armen Avanessians '81, a Goldman Sachs vice president and member of the MIT Corporation Development Committee (CDC).  The networking event drew a congenial mix of recent UPOP alums and senior professionals, including a select group of MIT alums who return to campus each year to help teach the UPOP "firm skills" curriculum--the awareness, tools and cognitive frameworks students need to translate their "hard" science, math and engineering training into thriving leadership careers of their own design.

The NYC celebration was part of a ten-city tour with similar tenth anniversary events being planned for Dallas, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Chicago and Southern California in 2012.

 
Tom Magnanti speaking at UPOP event
Tom Magnanti, Institute Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, addressing MIT alums and guests at UPOP's November 8 event. As president of the new Singapore University of Technology and Design, Magnanti is establishing a UPOP program as a requirement.

Tom Magnanti: UPOP's "firm skills" curriculum a must for SUTD students

 

Tom Magnanti flew to New York to address the gathering by sharing the history of the program he first envisioned in the mid-1990s.  He launched UPOP formally in 2002 with the help of associate dean Dick Yue and MIT alum Chris Resto. While UPOP continues to grow and update with the help of a vibrant collaboration of MIT faculty and alums from all five schools, Tom's mission is still relevant as the driving motivation. Now, as founding president of the new Singapore University of Technology (SUTD) and Design, Tom is requiring the equivalent of UPOP for all his students. 
 
Armen Avanessians and Gerry Appelstein
Armen Avanessians '81 (L) and Gerald Appelstein '80 have supported UPOP since its inception.

Long-term UPOP supporters see continued value in UPOP

Event host and major donor Armen Avanessians '81 inspired the gathering by observing that his contributions to UPOP return value back to him. In addition to financial support, Armen contributes to UPOP as an advisor to the executive director, as a guest speaker and role model for UPOP students, and as an inspirational example to other MIT alums for their unique ability to lend wisdom to MIT students.   

 

Armen's fellow CDC member and long-term source of financial and moral support, Gerald Appelstein '80, closed the session by toasting the future of UPOP and urging others to get excited about the potential to change the world.  
 
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UPOP mentor-instructors and supporters Mike Szeto '72, Mark Herschberg '95 and Ralph Inglese '82


UPOP mentor-instructors: "I wish there had been a UPOP when I was at MIT!"

 

UPOP mentor-instructors Michael Szeto, Mark Herschberg and Ralph Inglese explained why they return to Cambridge for a week in January year after year. These veteran mentor-instructors bring UPOP's learning objectives vividly to life by sharing with the sophomores their real-world experiences.  

 

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Here's hoping that many of you reading this report will decide to follow the example set by Mike, Ralph, Mark and dozens of other MIT alums and offer to share your accumulated wisdom with the next generation of MIT students.

For more information about the program see upop.mit.edu or phone 617-253-0077.  To learn more about options for contributing as a mentor-instructor, speaker, employer or donor, email upop@mit.edu or phone me at 617-253-0055 any time.

Sincerely,

Susann Luperfoy
Executive Director 
 
 
UPOP is the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities program, a yearlong co-curricular program open to MIT sophomores from across the Institute. UPOP offers MIT alums numerous opportunities to get involved, from speaking at our dinner colloquium series, to mentoring during our IAP professional development week ("Team Training Camp"), to employing UPOP students for an internship. We are celebrating our 10th year!

upop.mit.edu  |  upop@mit.edu  |  77 Massachusetts Avenue, Blg 12-193 Cambridge MA 02139  |  617.253.0077
 

 
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In This Issue
A "success accelerator"
Intense but fun!
UPOP "empowers students"
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San Francisco Reception a Lively Success!
UPOP alums showcased 
Dear friends of UPOP, 

Over 70 members of MIT's extended community attended UPOP's 10th anniversary celebration on July 27 at San Francisco's elegant Infinity Towers. The event was hosted by John Chisholm '75, Bay Area entrepreneur and member of the MIT Corporation Development Committee (CDC).  It drew a lively mix of current UPOP students from the class of 2013, recent graduates of the program, employers, and a select group of MIT alums who help teach UPOP's "firm skills" curriculum -- the tools students need to translate their "hard" science, math and engineering training into thriving careers of their own design.

CBS News Channel One was also on site filming for a documentary featuring Laura Demming, one of two UPOP students who received the Thiel scholarship award this year.  The segment will be shown to K-12 students across the nation. 
 
John Chisholm (L), Susann Luperfoy & Guests
John Chisholm '75 (L) with Susann Luperfoy, executive director of UPOP, Terry Higgins '93 of Synaptics, and Vijay Umapathy '10 at the July 27 event

John Chisholm: "UPOP is a success accelerator
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John Chisholm '75, successful entrepreneur and venture funder, hosted the event and greeted the gathering by describing UPOP as a career success accelerator. 

 

His talk gave voice to a frequently expressed sentiment: "If only there had been UPOP when I was a student at MIT!" UPOP brings dozens of MIT alums to campus each year as mentor-instructors, who help deliver the UPOP curriculum by sharing their accumulated wisdom with the students. John encouraged others to get involved with UPOP by hiring UPOP students as interns or regular employees, by serving as mentor-instructors, or by designating UPOP in their next donation to MIT.

 

For more information about mentoring, recruiting or donating see upop.mit.edu, phone 617-253-0077, or email upop@mit.edu.
 
IAP mentoring: intense but fun!
UPOP mentor, Phil Alvelda  
"UPOP's IAP professional development week offers a great opportunity for hands-on engagement," said Phillip Alvelda '94, co-founder of MobiTV and a UPOP mentor-instructor.  "It harnesses the wealth of experience that MIT alums have to offer."

 

From his perspective as a serial entrepreneur and creative visionary he knows the value of UPOP learning objectives.  He's also a charismatic figure and popular mentor-instructor among MIT students.  We are always looking for people like Phillip on our mentor-instructor crew! 
 
UPOP alum: "This program empowers students" 
UPOP alum, Vijay Umapathy

 

"UPOP's modules really made me realize for the first time the great responsibility that I had, as an MIT engineer, to use the degree in a responsible manner,"  Vijay Umapathy '10 SB MNG told the reception. Umapathy, pictured above right, was part of a popular poster session at the reception along with several other UPOP alums, including Diego Melani SB '07, at left.

 

"UPOP made me aware of the non-technical qualities necessary to be successful in today's workplace, and empowered me with the mental frameworks necessary to understand complex situations like brainstorming, communicating specifications, and negotiating,"  said Umapathy, who now works at Google in the Bay area. 
 
I hope you will consider getting more involved in UPOP.   If you're on the fence, don't hesitate to contact me personally: 617.253.0055. 

 

Sincerely,

 

 
Susann Luperfoy
Executive Director
UPOP is the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities program, a yearlong co-curricular program open to MIT sophomores from across the Institute. UPOP offers MIT alums numerous opportunities to get involved, from speaking at our dinner colloquium series, to mentoring during our IAP professional development week, to employing UPOP students for an internship. We are celebrating our 10th year!

upop.mit.edu  |  upop@mit.edu  |  77 Massachusetts Avenue, Blg 12-193 Cambridge MA 02139  |  617.253.0077
 

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