Rajeev Ram selected as MacVicar Faculty Fellow 2010

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March 10, 2010

As reported by the MIT News Office, March 10, 2010, EECS faculty member Rajeev Ram is one of four MIT faculty who have been selected as the 2010 MacVicar Faculty Fellows for outstanding undergraduate teaching, mentoring and educational innovation. Other MIT faculty selected include Anette (Peko) Hosoi, of mechanical engineering, Krishna Rajagopal, of physics, and Norvin Richards, of linguistics and philosophy.

Provost L. Rafael Reif formally announced honorees to the MIT faculty during a reception at Gray House on Tuesday. “Appointment as a MacVicar Fellow recognizes professors who have made exemplary and sustained contributions to the teaching and complete education of MIT undergraduates,” said Reif, “which includes their dedication inside the classroom and beyond.” The provost’s advisory committee is chaired by Daniel Hastings, dean for undergraduate education, and includes faculty and students who assist the provost in selecting new fellows.

The MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program was established in 1992 to honor the life and devotion to teaching excellence of Margaret MacVicar ‘64, ScD ‘67, MIT's first dean for undergraduate education and founder of UROP (the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program). The 10-year fellowship provides an annual scholar’s allowance to support faculty efforts to enrich undergraduate learning experiences.

To celebrate undergraduate education on MacVicar Day, Wednesday, March 10, John Seely Brown will present a lecture titled "Blended Learning Revisited" at 2:15 p.m. in 32-141. The event is open to the entire MIT community.

Rajeev J. Ram is an associate director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), and director of RLE's affiliated Center for Integrated Photonic Systems (CIPS). He received the BS in applied physics from Caltech in 1991 and the PhD in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1997. He joined the MIT faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1997.

Ram's research focuses on physical optics and electronics, including the development of novel components and systems for communications and sensing, novel semiconductor lasers for advanced fiber optic communications, and studies of fundamental interactions between electronic materials and light.

Ram brings his skill, clarity, personal integrity and passion directly into the classroom and the teaching laboratory, according to his colleagues. His lectures linger in the mind’s eye and stay with you. The excitement in the lab is palpable, and students often stay long after assignments are complete to play with apparatuses they have constructed and can take home.

“To further our understanding and enjoyment of the material, he took us into the lab and helped us build our own LCD cells that we could keep,” explained one of Ram’s satisfied students. “My cell worked out so well that I dragged my parents into the lab when they came to visit to show them my wonderful LCD in operation.”

Congratulations Rajeev!!