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J. Kim Vandiver

Dean for Undergraduate Research at MIT

About Me

Professor J. Kim Vandiver is MIT's Dean for Undergraduate Research and Director of the Edgerton Center. He founded the Edgerton Center at MIT in 1992 with the vision of providing MIT students with the resources to pursue their own creative projects. The Center runs three student shops, and sponsors many student teams including a solar electric vehicle team, a Formula SAE team and a marine robotics team. He is a professor of mechanical and ocean engineering. His research is on the dynamics of large structures in the ocean, with a special emphasis on flow-induced vibration. He is also involved in D-Lab, which works with partners in developing countries to solve problems in health, clean water, education, energy and agriculture.

Professor Vandiver received his bachelor's degree in engineering in 1968 from Harvey Mudd College of Science and Engineering, his master's degree in Ocean Engineering from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Oceanographic Engineering from the MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in 1975. For fun, he volunteers as a certified flight instructor for gliders.

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