L. Rafael Reif has served as the seventeenth president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2012. He spearheaded the development of the open online learning platforms MITx and edX, and he leads MIT’s efforts to redefine the future of higher education. Reif is also leading the redevelopment of MIT’s innovation district, including the launch of the Engine, a “tough tech” accelerator. In 2018, he launched the MIT Quest for Intelligence and the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future. Later that year, he announced the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, the most significant reshaping of the institute since the 1950s. Reif has introduced major climate change initiatives to foster breakthrough research and pilot high-impact solutions, including the Climate Grand Challenges and the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium. In 2021, he and his leadership team issued Fast Forward: MIT’s Climate Action Plan for the Decade.
Reif has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1980. He received the degree of Ingeniero Eléctrico from Universidad de Carabobo in Valencia, Venezuela, and a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University.