Lívia Rácz

I was born in Paris, France and moved to the USA with my parents while in elementary school. Although I’ve never lived in Hungary or anywhere where Hungarian is spoken, preservation of the language has always been important to our family. I got my S.B. in Materials Science and Vocal Music Performance at MIT in 1989 and my Ph.D. in 1993 on the topic of surface tension driven flow and phase transformations. I was an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow from 1993 to 1995, which I spent at the Deutche Luft- und Raumfahrt in Cologne, Germany. Later, I taught in the Mechanical Engineering department at Tufts University, led a division at Draper Laboratory, and currently lead a research group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, a federally-funded research and development center (FFRDC).

I have lived in Belmont since 1997 with my Japanese-American husband. We have two daughters, both native-level speakers, with whom we travel frequently to Hungary and Transylvania. We have attended the Béla Bartók Hungarian School of Boston (Boskola) since 2006, where I have led the pre-school group, taught a Hungarian language class for children, and co-taught a Hungarian language class for adults over the years. I also teach occasional music classes for all age groups, in order enrich their classwork and our traditional celebrations. I have been an adult scout in the Bodnár Gábor Scout Troop No. 2, Boston, since 2012, primarily leading music-related activities. I teach a Hungarian version of the popular recorder karate method to scouts under the age of 10, and this will be my seventh year as the music director of the New York district-organized Kodály weekend. I am pleased to be a member of the Board of Directors and to be able to serve Boston-area Hungarians in this broader capacity.