Skip to Content
Profiles in generosity

Mark ’69 and Rowena Braunstein

Atlanta, Georgia
October 24, 2017

Mark and Rowena Braunstein are longtime contributors to MIT’s Annual Fund and recently established a charitable gift annuity in support of undergraduates. Mark cofounded the Atlanta chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum and is a member of the MIT Educational Council, a global alumni volunteer network that helps recruit undergraduates to MIT.

Early adopter. “I was interested in computing at MIT, but there was no computing major at the time,” says Mark, who is a professor of the practice in health informatics at the School of Interactive Computing in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Computing. He also has a degree in medicine. “Instead, I majored in Course 21B, humanities and science, which taught me how to think and work hard,” he says.

Giving back. “We’ve always donated because I felt MIT was a wonderful place and it has helped me a lot over the years,” says Mark.

On supporting education. “The thing that had the biggest influence on me was seeing some of the kids that I interviewed, whose families could not afford MIT, get accepted and be able to go because of need-blind admission,” says Mark. Adds Rowena, who is a family physician: “The motivation for our gift was education. It’s the key to the future and the road to a better world.”

Why the world needs MIT. “As trained physicians, we have been happy to see the evolution of life sciences research at MIT,” says Mark. “It was just starting when I was there. I hope it will have great benefits for humanity.”

Help MIT build a better world.
For information, contact Amy Goldman:
617-715-2932; goldman@mit.edu.
Or visit giving.mit.edu/planned-giving

Keep Reading

Most Popular

VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence

On key metrics, a VR experience elicited a response indistinguishable from subjects who took medium doses of LSD or magic mushrooms.

This nanoparticle could be the key to a universal covid vaccine

Ending the covid pandemic might well require a vaccine that protects against any new strains. Researchers may have found a strategy that will work.

How do strong muscles keep your brain healthy?

There’s a robust molecular language being spoken between your muscles and your brain.

Stay connected

Illustration by Rose Wong

Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review

Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.

Thank you for submitting your email!

Explore more newsletters

It looks like something went wrong.

We’re having trouble saving your preferences. Try refreshing this page and updating them one more time. If you continue to get this message, reach out to us at customer-service@technologyreview.com with a list of newsletters you’d like to receive.