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Jack P. Ruina papers

Identifier: MC-0663

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Scope and Contents

The collection documents the professional activities of Jack Ruina between the years of approximately 1954 to 1968.

Materials include: MIT Center committee reports and correspondence, and personal files including those pertaining to the National Security Council and the Tea Pot Committee.


  • Creation: circa 1954-1968


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This collection is open.

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Biographical note

Jack Ruina is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering, MIT. Prof. Ruina was an undergraduate at the City College of New York and did his graduate work at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, earning his MEE and DEE there. He has been granted the Outstanding Alumnus Award from both colleges. He taught at Brown University and the University of Illinois; at the latter, he also headed the Radar Division of the Control System Laboratory. While on leave from the University of Illinois, he served in several senior positions at the Department of Defense, the last being Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, and was honored with the Fleming Award for being one of ten outstanding young men in government in 1962. He served on many government committees, including a presidential appointment to the General Advisory Committee, 1969-1977, and acted as Senior Consultant to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, 1977-1980. He also held the post of President of the Institute for Defense Analyses. At MIT, he has held the position of Vice President for Special Laboratories and was Secretary of the MIT Faculty.

Prof. Ruina remains an honorary member of the Board of Trustees for The MITRE Corporation. He was instrumental in establishing the MIT Security Studies Program and was its first Director. Prof. Ruina's special interest is in strategic weapons policy.



0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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  • 2021 October 4: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

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