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Your family has supported MIT in various ways over the years, the latest projects including renovating Building 31 and creation of the Samberg Conference Center at E52. How important is reinvesting in infrastructure for MIT’s next 100 years in Cambridge? Samberg: In addition to those bricks and mortar projects I believe our family has given more scholarship aid than anyone. One is useless without the other. People and bricks, both are essential. That said, the uniqueness of MIT is the lab structure. They are expensive and the work of the future can’t be done with outdated facilities. Other schools are spending aggressively to catch MIT. The world needs us.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Samberg: A lot of not-for-profit work. I am on the execom at New York Presbyterian Hospital, co-chair of the Columbia Business School, Board of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the New York Genomics Center, and Jacob Burns Film Center. I hung up my basketball sneakers a while ago, but religiously go to my seven grandkids’ games of all sorts. Summers are spent on Lake Michigan where I read, bike, kayak, and just kick back.

Anything else you’d like to tell us? Samberg: Live life to its fullest, don’t settle for something you aren’t passionate about and care for other people.

A conversation with AeroAstro alumnus Arthur Samberg


MIT AeroAstro annual magazine 2015-2016Aeroastro 2015 16  

Annual magazine review of MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department research and educational initiatives.

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