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Sirianni Will Head Physical Plant

By Jackson Jung
Associate News Editor

A Harvard alumna will soon be heading Physical Plant. Victoria Sirianni will succeed Harmon E. Brammer as director of Physical Plant on July 1, William R. Dickson, senior vice president, announced this week.

Sirianni, 45, is currently an assistant director of Physical Plant. She began her MIT career 20 years ago in the Purchasing Office and has worked for Physical Plant for the last 17 years.

As director of Physical Plant, Sirianni said she will be responsible for "managing the design, construction, maintenance, operation, and repair of all buildings, grounds, utilities, and distribution systems."

Sirianni will be coordinating the activities of nearly 600 Physical Plant employees. The future director does expect managing such a "large and diverse organization" as Physical Plant to be a challenge.

"We need to focus our service organization to take it into the next century," she said. She also anticipated that this diversity would be the most enjoyable aspect of her new promotion. "Let's see how many complaints we don't get," she joked.

According to Sirianni, her goal as director will be to "make customer service the number one priority." She noted that her focus would not be only on Institute faculty and students, but also on other members of the community. She said this was basically a statement of the "total quality management" philosophy.

Though she declined to discuss the size of the Physical Plant budget, she said it has not yet been affected by the Institute's financial cutbacks. Nevertheless, in recognition of leaner times, she added, "We still need to learn to do things differently."

Sirianni has an extensive background. She has held various positions in design and construction, interior design, and space planning in Physical Plant. She was an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University, where she earned an AB in history. She also attended graduate school at Harvard University, where she received an EdM for work in education with "emphasis on administration, planning, and social policy," she said.