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  • Members of Prof. Karl Berggren's Quantum Nanostructures and Nanofabrication Group, including principal author and postdoc in the group Yachin Ivry have not only discovered a common relationship between thickness, temperature and electrical resistance in all superconducting materials, but have demonstrated the new knowledge in larger-area devices. Read more.
  • Institute professor Mildred S. Dresselhaus is the recipient of the IEEE 2015 Medal of Honor — IEEE’s highest honor, given since 1917. She is cited “For leadership and contributions across many fields of science and engineering.” Read more.
  • Professor Dimitri Antoniadis has been selected to receive the 2015 IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal “for contributions to metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor physics, technology, and modeling”. The medal, sponsored by the Federation of Electric Power Companies, is given for outstanding contributions to material and device science and technology, including practical application.
  • "Nearly everyone seems to carry a cell phone or tablet. But if Tomás Palacios’s vision of the future of electronics comes to bear, it will be increasingly difficult to separate electronics from all the other structures and materials surrounding us." Read more.
  • Prof. Sangeeta Bhatia, the John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Health Sciences and Technology & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT has been cited by Foreign Policy as one of its 100 Global Leading Thinkers specifically for her work in developing accessible diagnostics for colon cancer that would enable earlier detection. Read more.
  • Five EECS faculty and associated researchers are among the 14 MIT research teams selected to receive Deshpande research grants for fall 2014. Initiated in 2002 through the MIT School of Engineering and made possible by a gift from Desh and Jaishree Deshpande, the Center’s mission is to move technologies from the laboratories at MIT to the marketplace. Read more.
  • Karl K. Berggren, professor of electrical engineering and computer science in MIT's EECS department and member of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) and the Research Lab of Electronics (RLE) and EECS graduate student Adam McCaughan have devised the Nanocryotron — the Ntron for shor — a new approach to a 1950s design, that now shows promise for use in superconducting computer chips at 50 - 100 times energy efficiency and greater processing power. Read more.
  • Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) research scientist Luis Fernando Velásquez-García and his group have devised a new way for manufacturing nanoscale devices cheaply using arrays of carbon nanotubes. Their work, published in the IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, promises a wide range of applications. read more
  • Institute professor Mildred Dresselhaus has teamed with fellow researchers in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department (EECS) and from MIT's Physics Department and Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) to identify a promising light source for optoelectronic chips that can be tuned to different frequencies — crucial to realizing the full potential of moving data with far greater energy efficiency. Read more.
  • Dimitri Antoniadis was presented the 2014 Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Aristotle Award at the annual SRC TECHCON conference on Sept. 8 in Austin, Texas. He Is cited by the SRC for outstanding teaching and a deep commitment to the educational experience of his graduate students and for pioneering research in nanoscale solid-state electronic devices involving the application of new materials systems and structures to transistors for deeply scaled electronics. Read more.
  • A research team from the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology including Jongyoon Han, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, has developed a new way to diagnose malaria using magnetic resonance relaxometry (MRR) — a technology that the group is adapting for inexpensive field deployable usage. Read more.
  • Working with members of the Quantum Photonics Laboratory (QPL) under the direction of EECS assistant professor Dirk Englund, principal author Hannah Clevenson, EECS graduate student and Pierre Desjardins and Xuetao Gan have developed an optical gas sensor that provides an extremely sensitive and compact way to detect very small amounts of target molecules of gas before they disperse. Read more.
  • Vladimir Bulovic, the Fariborz Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technology and associate dean for innovation in MIT’s School of Engineering, with MIT professor of chemistry Moungi Bawendi and graduate students Chia-Hao Chuang and Patrick Brown have developed new quantum dot photovoltaic cells that demonstrate significant efficiency in solar cells with no need for high temperature or vacuum conditions to operate -- or to be produced. Read more.
  • As MIT launches into the construction of a new nano center in the heart of its campus (becoming the new building 12), the plans for this exciting new center and the people who will lead these efforts are highlighted in several MIT News Office articles including a video featuring Vladimir Bulovic, Associate Dean for Innovation, and Fariborz Maseeh (1990) Professor of Emerging Technology. Read more.
  • Until now the theoretical and much studied quasiparticle known as the exciton — responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits — has never been observed in action. Now researchers in the Center for EXcitonics in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at MIT including EECS professors Marc Baldo and Vladimir Bulovic, and investigators at the City College of New York have imaged excitons' motions directly. Read more.
  • Imagine being curious enough as an 11 year old — on seeing your babysitter's mysterious calculus textbook symbols — to jump grades in order to leap several years ahead in math? Scott Aaronson, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science and affiliate with the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), has always had a way of thinking beyond -- now looking for the truths in computational complexity, and consequently influencing the way computation is perceived and executed in the future. Read more.
  • Prof. Henry I. Smith, Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering and principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at MIT, was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) at the Academy’s 3rd annual conference on March 7, 2014. Prof. Smith was cited “For innovative contributions to micro and nanofabrication technology and applications.”
  • The Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering presented the "Agustin de Betancourt" award to Professor Tomás Palacios on Nov. 26. This award, the most prestigious given in Spain to an engineer less than 36 years old, recognizes Prof. Palacios’ work on nanotechnologies applied to high frequency electronic devices based on GaN and graphene.
  • Sangeeta Bhatia, professor in MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and the Harvard MIT Health Sciences and Technology, has developed a noninvasive and quick test for the presence of blood clots using nanoparticles. This test could potentially be used in detecting other health threatening issues such as cancer. Read more.
  • Jeffrey H. Shapiro has been elected to the grade of Fellow of SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics. SPIE was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Shapiro, the Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering in the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the IEEE, the Institute of Physics, and the Optical Society of America. Read more.
  • "There's a very strong need for that computer to turn electrical signals into optical signals very efficiently," Dirk Englund the Jamieson Career Development Assistant Professor in the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department explained to Marketplace Tech. Englund was approached to discuss his work in the Quantum Photonics Laboratory, where computer chips made of graphene and silicon are encouraging information to move near the speed of light. Read more.
  • Dept. Head Anantha Chandraksan has announced the appointment of Prof. Jeffrey H. Lang to the Vitesse Professorship in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, effective July 1, 2013. The Vitesse Chair was established in 2000 to honor the Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation, a company co-founded in 1984 by former MIT students.
  • Joel Voldman engineers cutting-edge approaches to stem cell signaling, point of care therapeutics, and neuroengineering. In the never-ending mega study of how biological systems work, Joel Voldman’s mission is to understand the most basic interactions between single cells. To achieve that, he applies the power of microfluidics to isolate the actions and behaviors of single cells and the interactions between cells.
  • Read about Tomas Palacios, the Emmanuel E. Landsman Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, where he is a principal investigator in the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) in the July 3, 2013 MIT News Office article by Larry Hardesty titled "High potential - Tomás Palacios investigates use of ‘extreme materials’ in electronics, which could reduce energy consumption and make computers far faster."
  • 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).