Wesley L. Harris
Associate Provost for Faculty Equity 2008–present
Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Director, Lean Sustainment Initiative
Housemaster, New House 2002–present

Wesley L. Harris is associate provost for faculty equity at MIT and the Charles Stark Draper professor of aeronautics and astronautics. He served as head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics from 2003 to 2008, and was the first director of MIT's Office of Minority Education. Professor Harris and his wife, Sandra, are housemasters at New House, one of MIT's most distinctive residence halls. Professor Harris served as dean of engineering at the University of Connecticut —Storrs, vice president and chief academic officer of the Space Institute at the University of Tennessee, and associate administrator for aeronautics at NASA before returning to MIT in 1995 as a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Racial issues and diversity at MIT.
  • Being a pioneer and leader in the Civil Rights Movement, meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and personal sacrifices made toward efforts to educate and desegregate.
  • Aeronautic contributions to the Army for the Vietnam War, Washington, and NASA.
  • New House, Chocolate City, and other foreign language and ethnic community houses.