Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan announced on Jan. 21, 2013, the appointment of Professor Vladimir Bulovic to the Fariborz Maseeh Professorship in Emerging Technology. Vladimir Bulovic is a widely recognized leader in the areas of energy and nanotechnology. The Fariborz Maseeh chair was previously held by President Rafael Reif.
In his message to EECS faculty members, Prof. Chandrakasan wrote about Prof. Bulovic and his receiving this recognition:
Vladimir has made pioneering contributions to the fundamental understanding of organic and nanostructured optics and electronics, and has applied his findings to develop devices that define the state of the art. Together with his former students he has founded three start-ups that presently employ over 200 people: in 2005, QD Vision, Inc., which produces quantum dot optoelectronic components; in 2008, Kateeva, Inc., which is focused on development of printed organic electronics; and in 2011, Ubiquitous Energy, Inc., which is developing nanostructured solar technologies. In 2012, Vladimir shared the SEMI Award for North America in recognition of his and his colleagues’ contributions to commercialization of quantum dot technology.
Vladimir has also made outstanding contributions to MIT’s energy research and education. He played a critical role in the establishment of the Energy Studies Minor Program, the first program to link all of MIT’s departments and schools. Vladimir’s educational contributions to the EECS department include the development of 6.789 (a graduate class in Organic Optoelectronics); co-development of 6.007 (an undergraduate class on Electromagnetic Energy: from Motors to Lasers); and the newest introductory class, 6.s079 – Nanomaker, which emerged from his the freshman seminar he has taught for many years with Prof. Rajeev Ram. Vladimir’s educational contributions have been recognized by the Ruth and Joel Spira Award, the Bose Award for Distinguished Teaching, Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society Award for Outstanding Teaching, Class of 1960 Fellowship, and most recently by the Margaret MacVicar Fellowship.
Vladimir currently serves as Director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories and is playing a critical role in defining the future of MIT’s nanofabrication capabilities. With his stellar research and technical accomplishments and his leadership in microsystems and nanotechnology, Vladimir is an excellent choice for the Fariborz Maseeh Professorship chair in Emerging Technology.