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Alan ’72 and Joan Henricks

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“MIT was a very humbling experience for me,” said Alan Henricks, one of the first generation in his Midwestern family to attend college. “But after four years it also gave me confidence to move forward in the world.”

Doc Edgerton’s Legacy. Alan, who went on to have successful careers in leadership roles at several technology companies, and his wife, Joan, enthusiastically support the MIT Edgerton Center, founded in 1992 in honor of the late Harold “Doc” Edgerton, SM ’27, ScD ’31, the inventor, entrepreneur and beloved MIT professor. When Alan was a student campus tour guide, his favorite stop was Edgerton’s Strobe Lab, where he often met the supposedly retired professor who helped students with projects. The Edgerton Center, Alan says, combines Men and manusgiving students a valuable maker space.

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