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  • June 6, 2013
    Dennis Freeman, professor of electrical engineering, has been appointed as MIT’s next dean for undergraduate education, effective July 1, Chancellor Eric Grimson announced today (June 6, 2013). Freeman succeeds Daniel Hastings, the Cecil and Ida Green Education Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, who has served as dean for undergraduate education since 2006. Freeman is noted for his lengthy record of leadership in teaching, advising and curricular innovation in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and across the Institute.
  • June 3, 2013
    Armando Solar-Lezama, EECS faculty member and head of the Computer-Aided Programming Group at CSAIL, has teamed with Sumit Gulwani, a colleague at Microsoft Research and EECS graduate student Rishabh Singh, to develop a new software system than can automatically identify errors in students' programming assignments, recommending corrections. This work could also lead to automated grading -- a big problem for MOOCs. Read more...
  • June 3, 2013
    We would like to invite all graduates and their guests to attend the post-commencementreception on Friday, June 7th from 1:30-3:30pm. The event will take place in the North Court (the courtyard between Biology, the Koch Center and the Stata Center). Please stop by the EECS tent for refreshment. Graduates will also get special EECS gifts. I look forward to congratulating you in person. - Anantha P. Chandrakasan, EECS Department Head.
  • June 3, 2013
    Sangeeta Bhatia, has teamed with colleagues to identify twelve chemicals which make it possible to grow liver tissue in a lab dish, making future liver tissue to treat many of the 500 million people suffering from chronic liver diseases such as hepatitis C much closer to reality. Their work is reported in the June 2 issue of Nature Chemical Biology.
  • May 28, 2013
    The EECS website, built in 2011-12 by the firm Genuine Interactive was honored on May 22, 2013 by the Drupal Community with a Blue Drop Award in the category of Best Education website.
  • May 28, 2013
    Since 2008, MIT students, particularly electrical engineering and computer science (Course 6) students who are interested in innovation leading to commercial implementation, have had the opportunity to learn first hand how to start up a company. Entrepreneur and EECS Senior Lecturer Ken Zolot has taught the Founder's Journey, 6.933 for the past four years to MIT undergraduates who are already in engineering.
  • May 21, 2013
    Jeffrey Shapiro, the Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering working with members of the Optical and Quantum Communications Group of which he is a co-director in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT has demonstrated experimentally the effectiveness of a new quantum communication protocol. The group has shown in a series of papers the system's effectiveness in both security (against passive eavesdropping) and can be used for greater distances than the current quantum key distribution (QKD).
  • May 20, 2013
    CNN recently interviewed Tomas Palacios, Director of the MIT/MTL Center forf Grahene Devices and 2D Systems. Palacios, the Emmanuel E. Landsman Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, described graphene's unique properties enabling it to conduct electric currents faster than in any other known material. He also provides a view of the potential for graphene's use in the future.
  • May 17, 2013
    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science faculty members and principal investigators in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) Tim Lu and Rahul Sarpeshkar have designed cells that exploit natural integral biochemical functions to make analog circuits to perform calculations and potentially act as pathogen sensors. The researchers, including lead author MIT postdoc Ramiz Daniel and microbiology graduate student Jacob Rubens have published their work in the May 15 online edition of Nature Biotechnology.
  • May 16, 2013
    77 juniors and seniors majoring in EECS — are the first to complete a program known colloquially as “SuperUROP,” a play on MIT’s longstanding Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). The program, created by EECS, immerses students in a yearlong innovation incubator. Over the course of two semesters, students accepted to the program work as members of research labs on campus, and are put in charge of developing an aspect of a group’s project or prototype. They are also given access to facilities that would otherwise be open only to graduate students. Read more
  • May 16, 2013
    Dana Weinstein, the Steven G. ('68) and Renee Finn Career Development Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Laura Popa, a graduate student in physics at the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratory (MTL) have developed a new method for manufacturing hardware-based radio-signal filtration. Their work should improve filtration performance while enabling 14 times as many filters per chip.
  • May 7, 2013
    Thirty EECS Masters and MEng students presented their work to over 350 peers, faculty, industry visitors and the general MIT public in the Stata Center Student Street, a new venue for EECS Masterworks. Each spring Masters and MEng students in the EECS Department have the opportunity to present their thesis work to peers and faculty for review, discourse and evaluation. Read more....
  • May 7, 2013
    Research posters and displays lined the walls of a large conference hall at the Kendall Square Marriott on Tuesday, April 16, as invited industry guests along with self-registered MIT students (graduate and undergraduate), staff and faculty came to the three hour event that featured the work of nearly 30 EECS undergraduate students. The conference, titled EECScon 2013 marked the launch of a new, professional-level venue to showcase to the general MIT public the original and innovative research conducted by both UROP and SuperUROP students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.
  • May 1, 2013
    Kuang Xu, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science [photo, right], and his advisor, John Tsitsiklis, the Clarence J. Lebel Professor of Electrical Engineering, have demonstrated in a series of recent papers that a little versatility in operations management, cloud computing and even health-care delivery and manufacturing could save exponential reduction in delays.
  • April 30, 2013
    Professor Anant Agarwal and Professor Andrew Lo (appearing in that order in the photo left) are two of 198 new members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Members of the Academy include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders.
  • April 30, 2013
    Dubbed "The “What If?” Whiz, Institute Professor Emeritus Mildred (Millie) Dresselhaus is featured in the Technology Review. Continuing her research at age 82, Dresselhaus' response on being asked what work stands out the most, says, “The thing I’m working on now. And that keeps changing.” Read about Millie's remarkable career.
  • April 22, 2013
    This Wednesday at noon, MIT will host a memorial service honoring the late Sean Collier, President L. Rafael Reif announced this morning in an email to the MIT community. The event will be open to the MIT community and to law enforcement officers from across the nation.
  • April 19, 2013
    EECS professor Muriel Medard, principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) has teamed with EECS graduate student Ulric Ferner and Bell Labs researcher Emina Sojanin to develop a new technique to cut down on wasteful storage practices, especially of video content, in large data centers. Their work has been reported in the April issue of Technology Review.
  • April 18, 2013
    MIT professors Marc Baldo (EECS) and Troy Van Voorhis (Chemistry) and graduate students including EECS graduate student Daniel Congreve, Materials Science graduate student Nicholas Thompson, Chemistry graduate students Eric Hontz and Shane Yost, and EECS alumna Jiye Lee ’12, have reported a new technique for extracting solar energy that doubles the captured electron energy using visible light. Read more...
  • April 17, 2013
    Professor Saman Amarasinghe was named the winner of the Most Influential Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Code Generation and Optimization (CGO). Amarasinghe was honored for his 2003 paper, “An Infrastructure for Adaptive Dynamic Optimization,” co-written with Derek Bruening and Timothy Garnett. The paper presents a framework for implementing dynamic analyses and optimizations, and was presented at CGO in 2003.
  • April 9, 2013
    The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has announced that it is honoring Professor Piotr Indyk and Professor Dina Katabi for their innovations in computing technology. Indyk has been named one of the recipients of the Paris Kanellakis Theory and Practice Award, which honors specific theoretical accomplishments that have had a significant and demonstrable effect on the practice of computing. Katabi has been honored as one of the recipients of the Grace Murray Hopper Award, which recognizes the outstanding young computer professionals of the year.
  • April 3, 2013
    A new mechanism that could help explain the remarkable sensitivity and exquisite frequency selectivity of our sense of hearing has been discovered by Dennis Freeman, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) Principal Investigator in the Micromechanics Group, in collaboration with Dr. Roozbeh Ghaffari, post-doctoral associate in the RLE.
  • April 1, 2013
    President Barack Obama met Thursday, March 28, in the Oval Office with the six U.S. recipients of the 2012 Kavli Prizes — including MIT’s Mildred S. Dresselhaus, Ann M. Graybiel and Jane X. Luu. Obama and his science and technology advisor, John P. Holdren, received the scientists to recognize their landmark contributions in nanoscience, neuroscience and astrophysics, respectively. Read more...
  • April 1, 2013
    Collin Stultz, faculty member of both the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology and MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has lead a recent study of one of the proteins associated with neurological diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. Using computational modeling, Stultz has proposed solutions to a controversy over the structure of alpha synuclein that could lead to development of new more effective treatments. Read more...
  • March 29, 2013
    Professor Timothy K. Lu, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT is one of 16 young researchers selected by the Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR) as a Young Investigator. The ONR Young Investigator Prize (YIP) program is designed to attract young scientists and engineers who show exceptional promise for outstanding research and teaching careers. Read more...