Magnanti is the founding president of the newly-opened Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and former dean of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's School of Engineering. Singapore's fourth university, developed in collaboration with MIT, opened its doors at its Dover Road interim campus in April 2012. It will relocate to Changi when its permanent campus, designed by renowned architect Ben ven Berkel, is completed in 2014. Just a month after opening, SUTD tied up with the Defence Ministry to set up two research centres on defence and cyber security: Temasek Laboratories will build competencies and conduct R&D in system design and development, while iTRUST will look into cyber security research. The new university also recently officially opened its “Fab Lab”, a 1,000sq m multidisciplinary fabrication laboratory that enables researchers and students to transform their ideas into tangible products.