Ani Chitaley, ScD ’68, and Suzana Naik
Ani Chitaley, who currently runs an investment management consultancy, has had a varied and successful career in engineering, investment management, and entrepreneurship that he says was made possible by his MIT education. After years of making modest donations, in 2007 Chitaley decided to give back to MIT in a “more focused way” through planned giving.
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How MIT shaped his life. “Just three years at MIT created an invaluable and powerful foundation for my life,” says -Chitaley. “The whole-systems thinking I learned at MIT became so fundamental to my goals and intellectual growth that I still use it for everything I do. It literally has become part of every cell in my body.”
Why he chose a planned gift. A gift annuity that will support the mechanical engineering faculty reflects Chitaley’s gratitude for the role MIT has played in his life. He credits his wife, Suzana Naik, a senior corporate finance executive, with encouraging him to explore creative ways to give back to MIT. Chitaley hopes that their gift will play a part in helping MIT continue to innovate for future generations of students and faculty. “We want to continue supporting MIT in whatever way we can,” says Chitaley.
Keeping connected to campus. Chitaley enjoys returning to campus frequently to meet with faculty and students whose work interests him. “If you look at the Institute’s contributions to society, human life, and global economics,” he says, “they are priceless.”
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