Slinn, Anne

Anne Slinn
Executive Director for Research, Center for Global Change Science
Executive Director for Research, MIT Joint Program






Anne Slinn is Executive Director for Research of the MIT Center for Global Change Science, and the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. An engineer by training, she has thirty years of experience organizing MIT's interdisciplinary and multi-institutional research collaborations aimed at addressing global environmental challenges. She manages a diverse portfolio of sponsored research at the nexus of the global environment, energy, and economics. Her key contributions are to the integration of research priorities with resource development, and the synthesis of scientific description. Her early academic focus was on fluid dynamics and heat transfer: her MIT master's work involved satellite remote sensing of wind-induced stresses on the ocean surface to analyze the interaction of wind and large-scale ocean circulation; at WSU her master’s thesis combined molecular theory with experimental laser design to measure the radiative absorption properties of hydrocarbon gases that are common in the atmosphere. When the CGCS was formed in 1990, her initial role included serving as executive officer for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme's atmospheric chemistry activity (IGAC), and in 1991 she helped launch the MIT Joint Program. During Academic Year 2014-2015 she served on the MIT Climate Change Conversation Committee, which was established to seek broad input from the Institute community on how the U.S. and the world can most effectively address global climate change. The committee produced a report on MIT and the Climate Challenge. Since 1991 she has served as a board member (and Vice President from 2004-2017) of the Technology Broadcasting Corporation, the trustee of WMBR FM radio located on the campus of MIT.

Education + Credentials
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University
S.M., Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Master's Thesis: Electromagnetic bias in Geosat altimetry

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MIT Office of the Vice President for Research | 
May 08, 2023
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MIT Lincoln Laboratory | 
Apr 19, 2022
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Feb 14, 2022
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Jun 28, 2021
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Mar 30, 2015