Three EECS professors receive 2017 Sloan Research Fellowships

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 3:30pm

Mohammad Alizadeh, Caroline Uhler, and Virginia Williams were all recognized for “outstanding promise” in their fields.

Three EECS faculty members have been awarded Sloan Research Fellowships to support their research.  

Mohammad Alizadeh, Caroline Uhler, and Virginia Vassilevska Williams are among 126 U.S. and Canadian scholars who will receive the two-year, $60,000 fellowships, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced this week.

The fellowships, presented annually since 1955, “seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise,” according to the foundation. They are awarded to researchers in eight scientific fields “in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.” Alizadeh and Williams received fellowships in computer science; Uhler's is in mathematics.

Alizadeh is the TIBCO Career Development Assistant Professor in EECS and a member of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). His research focuses on improving the performance, robustness, and ease of management of future networks and cloud computing systems. Previously a principal engineer at Cisco, he joined the EECS faculty in 2015.

Uhler, an assistant professor in EECS, received the Henry L. & Grace Doherty Chair in Ocean Utilization in 2015. She is also a member of MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) and Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS). Her research focuses on mathematical statistics, particularly graphical models and the use of algebraic and geometric methods, and their applications to biology. Previously with the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria, she joined the EECS faculty in 2015.

Williams, also a CSAIL member, is the Steven and Renee Finn Career Development Associate Professor in EECS. Her research applies combinatorial and graph theoretic tools to various computational domains. She was honored for work done at Stanford University, where she was an assistant professor of computer science before joining the MIT faculty in January 2017.

Five other MIT researchers received fellowships to further their research in economics, mathematics, and physics. For more details, see the MIT News article. For a complete list of this year’s winners, visit the Sloan Research Fellowships website.