Tuesday, February 14, 2006

MIT Media Lab Appoints New Director

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology named Dr. Frank Moss as director of the Media Lab. Moss has previously served as CEO and chairman of Tivoli Systems , a pioneer in the distributed systems management field, which merged with IBM in 1996. He also co-founded several other companies, including Stellar Computer, a developer of graphic supercomputers; Bowstreet Inc., a pioneer in web services; and Infinity Pharmaceuticals, an early-stage cancer drug discovery company.

With Moss's appointment, Media Lab co-founder Nicholas Negroponte will step down as chairman to concentrate on One Laptop per Child (OLPC), an independent nonprofit organization he launched in January 2005 to develop a very-low-cost laptop to help solve the problems of education, especially in developing nations. Negroponte will work with Moss on Media Lab sponsor outreach and strategy. Walter Bender, a founding member of the Media Lab who has served as lab director for the past five years, will take a two-year leave of absence from MIT to serve as OLPC's president for software and content development.



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