Stephen C. Buckley

Executive Director

Stephen C. Buckley serves as Executive Director of the Connection Science and Human Dynamics programs at MIT.  Steve runs "Sandy Pentland's Flying Circus", and acts as MIT's key management lead, with responsibility for managing a group of 31 faculty, staff and students towards creating an innovation-centric culture to produce great research. His prime directive is to meet the group's financial commitments to our students, and our contractual obligations to our sponsors.  He does this by liaising with key external stakeholders, to increase awareness of, and engagement in, our programs, initiatives, and projects.

Previously, Stephen served as Technical Director at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence ("CSAIL"). Earlier, he served MIT as Senior Director of Systems Engineering in IS&T, reporting to MIT's CIO. He is the founder of the MIT CIO Summit, the MIT CIO Symposium, and the MIT Kerberos Consortium. Stephen received the $100K Andrew W. Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration in 2008 for MIT's work on Kerberos.  At MIT's Sloan School of Managment, he served as Associate Director of the Center for Digital Business, and the Center for Collective Intelligence.  

Stephen C. Buckley was inducted into the MIT Quarter Century Club in 2022 in recognition of his years of service.

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