Source: MIT website, Jan 2016
Professor Woodie Flowers had helped Dean Kamen found FIRST back in 1992. What I didn’t know at the time is that FIRST was actually modeled after a legendary MIT class in mechanical engineering, 2.007, which Woodie started teaching at MIT in the early 1970s.
For decades, 2.007 has been a core course in mechanical engineering at MIT. Our own Dean of Admissions Stu Schmill took it with Woodie back in the 80s; one of his classmates, Megan Smith is now the current Chief Technology Officer of the United States and the former head of Google[x]. It’s been called MIT’s most famous class, and is certainly among the most influential.