Hu, Knight and Tidor elected AAAS Fellows

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December 17, 2009

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded the distinction of Fellow to 531 members, including three members of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT out of eight from the MIT academic community. (See the MIT News Office Dec. 17, 2009 announcement).

Qing Hu, professor of electrical engineering and principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics is cited by the AAAS for "outstanding contributions to the development of terahertz (THz) quantum-cascade lasers and real-time THz imaging at video rate." Hu has recently been cited for his work in developing THz lasers which promise wide applications in new technologies. See the MIT News Office Dec. 4, 2009 article.

Thomas F. Knight, senior research scientist in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) was cited for “distinguished pioneering contributions to the field of computing technology in software, architecture, and VLSI circuitry, and to the engineering discipline of synthetic biology.”

Bruce Tidor, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science and biological engineering, and principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory was named for “use of computational modeling to make seminal contributions to understanding the structure and function of proteins and in designing molecules.”

Fellows are recognized by their peers for their scientifically distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New fellows will be presented with an official certificate and the society’s gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Feb. 20 at the association’s annual meeting in San Diego.

congratulations Qing, Tom and Bruce!