Raul Radovitzky and Flavia Cardarelli
Radovitzky’s whole life has been dedicated to the academic world with an equal love for research and teaching. But among all of his academic passions, the interaction with the student community is definitely his favorite. He arrived at MIT in 2001 and is now a professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, associate director of the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology, and winner of a 2014 Student Champion Award for his excellence as a freshman advisor.
The Institute is already a family affair for the Radovitzkys. Raul’s wife, Flavia Cardarelli, also works at MIT, and since 2006 has been assisting Professor Dava Newman (former housemaster in Baker House) in the MIT-Portugal Program. In that role, Cardarelli works directly with students who take part in the international exchange.
Their sons Ben and Felipe are also familiar with MIT, having attended MIT summer camp on campus for many years. They eventually became counselors-in-training and stood out for their excellent sailing skills. In fact, sailing is an activity the entire Radovitzky family enjoys.
Food is another passion for the family: Cardarelli has an international flair for cooking, drawing on Italian, Spanish, Jewish, French, and Argentine culinary traditions for inspiration.
They especially look forward to deepening their interactions with MIT students. Radovitzky is known for taking meals with small groups of students, or cooking an authentic Argentine barbecue — called an “asado” — for students in his classes at the end of the spring term. The family has also hosted Thanksgiving dinner for international students, and social events for Radovitzky’s freshman advisees.