Miller, Stultz and Voldman are selected for Faculty Research Innovation Fellowships (FRIFs)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 9:45am

Professors Rob Miller, Colin Stultz and Joel Voldman are selected for the Faculty Research Innovation Fellowship in EECS
Three 2014-2015 Faculty Research Innovation Fellowships (FRIF) were announced on Oct. 7. 2014. The FRIF was established in 2011 to recognize mid-career EECS faculty members for outstanding research contributions and international leadership in their fields. The FRIF provides tenured, mid-career faculty in the department with resources to pursue new research and development paths, and to make potentially important discoveries through early stage research. [Photo collage:  Rob Miller meeting with his students, Collin Stultz teaching, and Joel Voldman in his lab with EECS graduate student, Burak Dura, right. Stultz photo courtesy GregHren Photography/RLE] 

The Peter Levine Faculty Research Innovation Fellow made possible through the generosity of Peter Levine, a partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, is awarded to Professor Rob Miller. The Frank Quick Faculty Research Innovation Fellow, created through the generosity of EECS alumnus Frank Quick ’69, SM ’70, is awarded to Professor Joel Voldman. Professor Collin Stultz is the recipient of this year’s Steven G. and Renee Finn Faculty Research Innovation Fellowship.

Professor Rob Miller ’95 is a member of CSAIL where he heads the User Interface Design Group and focuses his research on human-computer interaction and crowd computing. He has contributed to professional programming by designing tools with appropriate user interfaces such as Theseus, a new type of JavaScript debugger that makes dynamic information visible in the code editor. A MacVicar Faculty Fellow, Professor Miller has been at the core of developing and adapting online education on campus. With the launch of the XSeries courses, for example, members of his group have been studying how to make video lectures more effective for learning, how to develop self-generating tutoring systems based on students’ trial-and-error problem solving and how to improve in-class activities.

Professor Collin Stultz is a principal investigator in RLE and a member in the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES). A practicing cardiologist, Professor Stultz focuses on conformational changes in macromolecules and the effect of structural transitions on common human diseases such as Parkinson’s and heart disease. Under his leadership, the Computational Biophysics Group uses an interdisciplinary approach in this work, utilizing techniques drawn from computational chemistry, signal processing, and basic biochemistry. Professor Stultz has co-led the department’s recent undergraduate curriculum development, creating 6.S02, a medical-based technology introduction to EECS. He is a recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in Biomedical Sciences and the James Tolbert Shipley Prize.

Professor Joel Voldman is a principal investigator in MTL and RLE and works to understand the most basic interactions between single cells – building on various disciplines including electrical engineering, microfabrication, bioengineering, transport modeling, biology and medicine. Under his leadership, members of the Biological Microtechnology and BioMEMS Group engineer cutting-edge approaches to stem cell signaling, point of care therapeutics and neuroengineering. As one of three co-founders and co-directors of the Medical Device Realization Center (MEDRC) at MIT, Professor Voldman has directed the use of microfluidics technologies to detect protein biomarkers using portable all-electronic imunoassays. Professor Voldman has also served the EECS department as faculty advisor for the new undergraduate research conference known as EECScon.