Dennis Freeman to become Undergraduate Education Officer

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 (All day)

Incoming EECS Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan, announced new administrative appointments for the EECS academic program including EECS faculty members Dennis Freeman as the new Undergraduate Officer, and the formation of two co-Education Officers (see separate announcement) to be filled by Saman Amarsinghe and Jacob White.

Chandrakasan shared the news about the new EECS Undergraduate Officer with his colleagues:

"It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Professor Denny Freeman as our new EECS Undergraduate Officer. Most of you have interacted with Denny in his previous role as the EECS Education Officer.

Denny joined the faculty in 1995. He is internationally known for hisresearch in cochlear micromechanics. Using novel optical systems tomeasure nanometer-scale motions, and microfabricated tools to probemechanics at the level of single cells, his group has pioneered themeasurement of sound-induced motions of cells and accessory structures in the inner ear. Denny is also widely known for his contributions in education. He was a member of the EECS Curriculum Initiative Committee (2004 to 2007),chair of MIT's Committee on the Undergraduate Program (2005 to 2009), and EECS Education Officer (2008 to present). He has won a number of teaching awards, including the Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching (2005), and he is a MacVicar Faculty Fellow (since 2006).

Denny is passionate about working with our undergraduate students and is an excellent academic advisor. As the Undergraduate Officer, Denny will have oversight of the undergraduate and MEng program. Denny will be responsible for MEng admission decisions and running department advising meetings. He will also deal with individual student issues referred by the undergraduate administrators and instructors. Denny will continue to help informally on a variety of educational initiatives."