Bloomberg will close gap in education, technology

To the editor:

As a professor of engineering at MIT, I have worked with thousands of students and researchers, all seeking to build technology that helps transform and advance our world. As the former dean for graduate education at MIT, and through many public and private partnerships, I have worked to expand access to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to students of underrepresented backgrounds.

It is very difficult and, thus, rare to find individuals who are capable of bridging the gap between education, technology and public service, but Mike Bloomberg gets it.

His experience working with top technologists, his passion for education advancement, and his ability to go from the big picture, to the minute details is very unique.

What impresses me most about Mike is that his passion for the people of Pittsfield, and our state, has driven him to apply those talents to our state government. We need people like Mike on Beacon Hill if we want to continue to be the most innovate state in the most innovate country in the world.

I encourage all of you to cast your vote for Mike Bloomberg for state representative in the Democratic primary on Sept. 8.

Christine Ortiz, Cambridge Dr. Ortiz is the Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT and the former dean for graduate education at MIT.