The School of Engineering has announced that MIT has awarded positions to 14 members of its faculty in the departments of Biological Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (which reports jointly to the School of Engineering and the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing), Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.
“I am truly amazed by our newest cohort of tenured faculty,” says Anantha Chandrakasan, dean of the School of Engineering and Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. “It is a diverse group of educators and scholars whose research and commitment to teaching has had a profound impact on our community, in the classroom, as well as in the laboratory.”
The newly appointed associate professors this year are:
Guy Bresler, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, conducts research at the interface of information theory, statistics, theoretical computer science, and probability. His work aims to understand the basic interplay between information properties, computational complexity, and combinatorial structure in modern statistical inference problems.
Otto Cordero, professor of civil and environmental engineering, studies the ecology and collective evolution of natural microbes. His lab is interested in understanding how social and ecological interactions at microscales affect the global productivity, stability, and evolutionary dynamics of microbial ecosystems.
Michael Carbin, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, researches the design, semantics, and implementation of language-driven systems. The focus is on systems that operate in the presence of uncertainty in their environment, implementation, or execution.
Ming Guo, associate professor of mechanical engineering, works at the interface of mechanics, physics, and cell biology, seeking to understand how physical properties and biological functions interact in cellular and multicellular systems, and how physical and material laws govern that behavior. living cells and their ability to deform, move, remodel, and function.
Stefanie Jegelka, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, focuses her research on algorithmic machine learning, which includes modeling, optimization algorithms, theory, and applications. In particular, he has worked on exploiting mathematical structures for discrete and combinatorial machine learning problems, robustness, and scaling of machine learning algorithms.
Jeehwan Kim, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering, researches topics ranging from fundamental physics/mechanics of materials to electronic/photonic devices and systems for next-generation electronics. His group focuses on innovation in nanotechnology for next-generation computing and electronics
Angela Koehler, associate professor of biological engineering, focuses on building chemical tools and methods to study temporal aspects of transcriptional regulation in development and disease with a focus on cancer. His lab pursues this goal by discovering and developing direct small molecule probes of proteins involved in transcriptional regulation such as transcription factors and chromatin modifying enzymes.
Mathias Kolle, associate professor of mechanical engineering, leverages insights into biological light manipulation strategies to design and realize multifunctional bioinspired optical materials for 21st century technology applications, using cost-efficient, scalable microfabrication, self-assembly-based techniques, and biomimetic morphogenesis processes.
Tim Kraska, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is co-director of the Data Systems and AI LAB at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), co-founder of Instancio (acquired), and co-founder of Einblick Analytics (einblick .ai). Currently, his research focuses on building systems for machine learning, increasing the efficiency of data-intensive systems, and democratizing data science through machine learning.
James LeBeau, associate professor of materials science and engineering, focuses on applying and developing revolutionary (scanning) transmission electron microscope techniques to connect atomic structures and chemical defects / interfaces and material properties for quantum computing, energy storage, power electronics, dielectrics. , and optical applications.
Luqiao Liu, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, focuses on the fabrication of nanoscale spintronic devices to achieve efficient control of magnetic dynamics. He also explores new materials and physical mechanisms to improve the performance of spintronic devices for memory, logic, and neuromorphic applications.
Robert Macfarlane, associate professor of materials science and engineering, focuses on developing a set of design principles for the synthesis of new inorganic/organic composite materials, where nanoscale structures can be manipulated to tune the emergent physical properties of bulk materials.
Desirée Plata, associate professor in civil and environmental engineering, focuses her research on novel materials and industrial process design; carbon-based transformation; global carbon management and response strategies; resource management utilization and efficiency; and environmental sustainability.
C. Cem Tasan, Thomas B. King Professor of Metallurgy and associate professor of materials science and engineering, explores the boundaries of physical metallurgy, solid mechanics, and in-situ microscopy to design new alloys with exceptional damage-resistance.