The Tuition Dilemma

January 10, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm America/New York Timezone
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
244 Wood St
Lexington, MA 02420

Life Members

Edward E. Altshuler

It is an established fact that both tuition and college debt are on the increase. It has been shown that for the past 18 years, college tuition has tripled, whereas the Consumer Price Index has only increased by about 2.5 times. Politicians, academics and the general public have addressed this issue, however, to the best of my knowledge, a viable solution has yet to surface. I have a first–hand interest in this problem, since my wife and many of my children and grandchildren have experienced the unfair penalty of high college tuitions and loans.

In this presentation, I start by reviewing tuitions at many public institutions throughout the US and Europe, and outline existing levels financial aid. Then, I propose steps toward easing the financial burden on students, and discuss various state programs enacting stages of this proposal.

Edward E. Altshuler received the B.S. degree in physics from Northeastern University, Boston, MA, in 1953, the M.S. degree in physics from Tufts University, Medford, MA, in 1954, and the PhD. degree in applied physics from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, in 1960.

Before joining Air Force Cambridge Research Labs (AFCRL), Hanscom AFB, MA in 1960, he was employed by Arthur D. Little and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA and Sylvania Electric, Waltham, MA. He left AFCRL in 1961 to become Director of Engineering at Gabriel Electronics, Millis, MA but later returned to AFCRL in 1963 as Chief of the Propagation Branch from 1963 – 1982. He was a Lecturer in the Northeastern University Graduate School of Engineering from 1964 – 1991.

Dr. Altshuler was Chairman of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Boston Section Antennas and Propagation Society during 1965 – 66 and served as Chairman of the 1968 International IEEE AP – S/ URSI Symposium in Boston. He was Associate Editor of Radio Science from 1976 – 1978 and is a member of Commissions B and F of the International Radio Scientific Union (URSI). He has served on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and was Chairman of the NATO Research Study Group on Millimeter Wave Propagation and Target/Background Signatures from 1974 – 1993. He was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 1984. He was President of the Hanscom Chapter of Sigma Xi during 1989 – 90. He was Chairman of the IEEE Boston Section Fellows and Awards Committee from 1993 – 1994 and Chairman of the IEEE Boston Section from 1995 – 1996. He served on the IEEE Life Members Committee from 2001-2003 and was Chairman of the IEEE Boston Section Life Members Chapter from 1998-2010. He has served on the Antennas and Propagation Society Awards Committee. He received the IEEE Harry Diamond Memorial Award in 1997 and was awarded an IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000. He was selected to be a Fellow of the Air Force Research Laboratory in 2000. Dr. Altshuler has over 150 scientific publications, patents and presentations.

His family has endowed in his name, an award to the author of the best paper published in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, an endowment to the Northeastern University Physics Department and an endowment to the Tufts University Physics Department.

The meeting will be held at the Lincoln Lab Main Cafeteria, 244 Wood Street, Lexington, MA at 4:00 PM. Please use the Wood Street Gate. For directions go to Refreshments will be served at 3:30 PM, and a video on Big Data will be shown starting at 3:50.