Governor of Puerto Rico requests help from MIT in the reconstruction of the Island after Hurricane Maria
(December 12, 2017 – Boston, Massachusetts) The governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, met today with the president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), L. Rafael Rief, to request collaboration from this leading institution in innovation during the recovery process of Puerto Rico.
"The resources offered by this institution will be of importance in the development of cutting-edge design and execution, as well as excellence in the reconstruction of the Island after the hurricanes Irma and Maria," Rosselló said.
Present at the meeting were the executive director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA), Carlos Mercader, and the chief innovation officer of the Government of Puerto Rico, Glorimar Ripoll.
After the meeting, Governor Rosselló participated in the Conference on the Resilient Reconstruction of the Caribbean at MIT, where he stressed that innovation is a critical factor in achieving a better Puerto Rico.
"The disaster, although it brought some challenges, also gave us some opportunities. For example, we had a vision for a new energy system in 15 years in Puerto Rico with all the normal obstacles. Now we can start talking about remaking our energy system in three years, and make it much more resilient, modern, and effective”, said the governor.
Rosselló then met with the MIT Association of Puerto Rican Students, who showed interest in integrating the issue of the reconstruction of Puerto Rico into their respective university projects.
As a 2001 graduate of MIT, Rosselló recognized the importance of this institution in his professional and personal development.