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academic administrator , Engineering educator , association administrator

Charles Marstiller Vest, American Academic administrator. Recipient Excellence in Research award University Michigan, 1980, Distinguished Svc. award, 1972, Distinguished Visitor award University La Plata, Argentina, 1979, Centennial medal Am Society Engineering Education, 1993.


Vest, Charles Marstiller was born on September 9, 1941 in Morgantown, West Virginia, United States. Son of Marvin Lewis and Winifred Louise (Buzzard) Vest.


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia University, 1963. Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University Michigan, 1964. Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, University Michigan, 1967.

Doctor (honorary), Michigan Technology University, 1992. Doctor (honorary), West Virginia University, 1994. Doctor (honorary), Illinois Institute of Technology, 1998.

Doctor (honorary), University Notre Dame, 1998. Doctor (honorary), Musashi Institute of Technology, 1999. Doctor (honorary), North Carolina State University, 2002.

Doctor (honorary), Colorado School Mines, 2005. Doctor (honorary), Harvard University, 2005. Doctor (honorary), Ohio University, 2006.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Cambridge University, England, 2006.


Assistant professor University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1968—1972, associate professor, 1972—1977, professor mechanical engineering, 1977—1990, associate dean academy affairs, College Engineering, 1981—1986, dean College Engineering, 1986—1989, provost, vice president academy affairs, 1989—1990. President Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1990—2004, professor mechanical engineering, president emeritus, since 2004. Visiting associate professor Stanford University, California, 1974—1975.

Chairman President's Advisory Committee Redesign of International Space Station, 1993—1994, United States Department Energy Task Force Future of Science Programs, 2002—2003. Board directors E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, 1993—2007, International Business Machines Corporation, 1994—2007. Member President's Council Advisors on Science & Technology, 1994—2007.

Vice-chairman Council Competitiveness, 1996—2004. Co-founder Alliance Global Sustainability, 1997. Panel member Commission Intelligence Capabilities of United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, 2004—2005, Secretary of Education Commission Future of Higher Education, 2005—2006.

Member Rice-Chertoff Secure Borders & Open Doors Advisory Committee, Secretary of State Advisory Committee Transformational Diplomacy.



Trustee Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts, 1991—2004, University Corporation Advanced Internet Development, 2002—2004, WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, 2002—2004, New England Aquarium, In-Q-Tel, Arlington, Virginia, Kavli Foundation, Ithaka Harbors. Fellow: American Association for the Advancement of Science (Philip Hauge Abelson prize 2006), Royal Academy Engineering, American Philosophical Society, American Academy Arts & Sciences, American Society Mechanical Engineering (honorary), Optical Society America. Member: National Academy of Engineering (councillor since 2005, president since 2007, Arthur M. Bueche award 2000), Association Women in Science, Chinese Academy Engineering, Academia Sinica (honorary), Association American Universities (past chairman), Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi.


Married Rebecca Ann McCue, June 8, 1963. Children: Ann Kemper, John Andrew.

Marvin Lewis Vest

Winifred Louise (Buzzard) Vest

Rebecca Ann McCue

John Andrew Vest

Ann Kemper Vest