Stefanie Mueller, David Sontag, and Virginia Williams named to career-development chairs

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Monday, February 27, 2017 - 3:00pm

Three EECS faculty members, who all joined the Department in January 2017, have been awarded career-development chairs.

Stefanie Mueller was named the X-Consortium Career Development Assistant Professor. Awarded by EECS, this chair promotes interest in human-computer communications. It was established through the generous contribution of the X Window Consortium in 1993, which coordinated the development of the X Window systems. Mueller, whose research involves developing novel hardware and software systems that advance personal fabrication technologies, directs the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Engineering Group at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). She received a PhD in HCI from the Hasso Plattner Institute in 2016. Previously, she received an MS in in IT-systems engineering from Hasso Plattner and a BS in computer science in media from the Harz University of Applied Science.

David Sontag was named the Hermann L. F. von Helmholtz Career Development Assistant Professor in the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES). He is also an assistant professor in EECS and a PI in CSAIL. Sontag’s research focuses on machine learning and artificial intelligence; at IMES, he leads a research group that aims to use machine learning to transform health care. Previously, he was an assistant professor in computer science and data science at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research New England. He received a PhD and an SM in electrical engineering from MIT and a BS in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Virginia Vassilevska Williams was named the Steven G. (1968) and Renee Finn Career Development Associate Professor. The chair, awarded by EECS, was established through the generous contribution of Steven and Renee Finn, to allow the pursuit of new research and development paths, and to make potentially important discoveries through early-stage research. Williams, whose research applies combinatorial and graph theoretic tools to various computational domains, is also a member of CSAIL. Previously, she was an assistant professor of computer science and a research associate at Stanford University. She received a PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s in mathematics and engineering & applied science from Caltech. Most recently, she was among 126 U.S. and Canadian researchers (including three from EECS) who received 2017 Sloan Research Fellowships to support their work.