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Engineering etiquette at MIT’s charm school

CAMBRIDGE — Red napkin pyramids graced white plates in a dining area in MIT’s Stata Center, as students wandered in to find handwritten place cards bearing their names. Women wore simple dresses and flats, or skirts and blouses with pumps. Men wore crisp shirts and ties, though some sported sneakers and white socks with khakis.

Amid world-renowned computer science and artificial intelligence labs, about 50 students dressed in their professional best for a different kind of lesson: etiquette for a business dinner.

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