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MIT Student Technology Incubator (MTI)
Purpose/ Mission Statement
The purpose of MTI is to foster the creation of new technologies born from the ideas of MIT students through encouraging communication among MIT students and developing collaborations with local innovators. We aim to accomplish the following goals:
- Education and Dialogue
- To explore the pressing issues facing society as a whole and our local community in particular and develop scientific and technological solutions through examining the issues and their possible solutions in through technical, ethical, moral, economic, and political perspectives; to broaden appreciation for students’ studies by understanding their societal context; to promote meaningful dialogue and debate about the issue
- Outreach and Collaboration
- To connect MIT students with local scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs to establish projects of educational and practical value; to expose students to examples of science-society interplay in the Greater Boston area
- Research and Academic Resources
- To provide students with unique opportunities in both coursework and research; to provide guidance in educational and career goals; to connect students with faculty
Definition of Membership
- Any member of the MIT community is eligible to become a member of MTI. There is no course preference for students; we especially encourage students without public policy or STS (Science, Technology, and Society) backgrounds to join. One is considered a member of this organization in any given academic term if she has attended at least one club activity and one meeting in the preceding or current term and is a member of the MTI mailing list.
- The organization’s membership will at all times consist of at least 5 MIT students and be more than half MIT students.
- This organization will not discriminate based on any characteristic listed in MIT's Nondiscrimination Statement.
- If this organization charges any monetary dues, there will be exceptions made for students that cannot afford these dues.
Election Procedures and Dates
- Elections will take place at the end of the fall semester and occur by democratic (majority) vote of active members.
- Platforms will be submitted and emailed to all active members at least two (2) day before elections. Votes will be tallied by the current executive board.
- Votes of all members will have equal weight.
- If more than two people are running and no one wins a majority, then the person with the fewest votes is dropped from the ballot and votes are recast.
- Quorum for elections is two thirds of the members of the organization.
Terms of Office
- There are no course or year restrictions on the eligibility to run for office. Both MIT undergraduate or graduate students of any major or background may run for office.
- Duration of each officer position lasts for one year, starting from December of election year to December of the following year.
Duties of Officers
- The organization will have, at all times, the following officers:
- Represent MTI to the undergraduate and professional communities; plan and oversee the general activities of the executive board; determine when meetings are held
- Serve as the liaison between MTI and the Student Financial Activities Office (part of SAO); maintain and track the MTI budget, also handling reimbursement.
- The following positions may be elected based on size of membership:
- Secretary/ Publicity Chair
- Keep record of all meeting minutes and events; compiles and sends out bimonthly newsletters to all active members. Work closely with executive board to ensure all officers stay current. Maintain the MTI mailing list, track membership statistics, and encourage social aspects of MTI, including bonding events. Publicize events and increase visibility of MTI.
- VP of Education and Outreach
- Plan events to educate MIT students about how science and society interact. Events include coordinating guest lectures, leading informal student discussions, and connecting students with local community partners. Inform and encourage members to participate in MTI educational events and programs.
- VP of Academic, Corporate and Community Relations
- Form and maintain relationships between members of MTI and the MIT faculty, academic leaders, industry leaders, community partners as well as other professional resources; provide MTI members with connections and resources to guide and help achieve their educational and career goals.
- Maintains and updates the club website with relevant articles, blogs, videos, and other media. Monitors and encourages forum discussions.
Removal Process for Officers
- Officers may be removed by petition of more than two thirds (2/3) of active members or unanimous vote of the executive board.
Meetings shall be presided over by the president, unless she is absent, and in that case the Secretary shall preside.
- MTI meetings will occur monthly for all active and potential members.
- MTI executive board meetings will occur at least bimonthly. Select executive board meetings may be open to all active members.
- All decisions shall be made by a majority vote of all members present.
- Disputes with no clear deadline may be motioned to be tabled until the next meeting for up to two times. Decision will then be made via majority vote of the executive board.
- Disputes with impending deadline or critical importance can be motioned for immediate end of discussion and majority vote.
- Quorum for a meeting shall be one quarter of the members of the organization.
The Constitution may be amended based on petition by more than two thirds (2/3) of active members or majority of executive board. Any active member of MTI can raise a petition. Voting is open to all active members. Amendment is accepted contingent upon majority vote of active members. Quorum for amending the Constitution shall be one third of all members of the organization.
ASA Governance Clause
The MTI agrees to abide by the rules and regulations of the Association of Student Activities, and its executive board. This constitution, amendments to it, and the by-laws of this organization shall be subject to review by the ASA Executive Board to insure that they are in accordance with the aforementioned rules and regulations.