Hello to the EECS community near and far!
It’s incredible to think that we are at the cusp of a new fall semester–where has the summer gone? I hope everyone reading this has found some time to rest, restore, and renew their energy for the year ahead. As the new building for the Schwarzman College of Computing receives some beautiful finishing touches across the street from my office, I find myself looking forward to the interdisciplinary exploration which the building symbolizes. Our newest faculty members, who you will read about below, open up new areas of research across many disciplines, making them well-equipped to address some of humanity’s thorniest and most complex problems. We are on the cusp not only of a new year, but of a new era of innovation–one which will bring not both novel challenges, and advances in our ability to address those challenges head-on. I can’t wait to see what it brings.
–Asu Ozdaglar, Department Head, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MathWorks Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Deputy Dean of Academics, MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing
This new cohort of faculty members, who have either recently started their roles at MIT or will start their new roles within the next year, conduct research across a diverse range of disciplines.
The department is proud to announce multiple promotions this year.
Through her organization, Sprouting, Taylor Baum is empowering teachers to teach coding and computer science in their classrooms and communities.
A collaboration between MIT and Miami-Dade County has students working with city planning officials to understand why people wait patiently for a bus–and why they bail.
Early-career women share their professional discoveries and personal journeys on the cutting edge of healthcare and medical technology.
With this new approach, a tailsitter aircraft, ideal for search-and-rescue missions, can plan and execute complex, high-speed acrobatic maneuvers.
A new low-temperature growth and fabrication technology allows the integration of 2D materials directly onto a silicon circuit, which could lead to denser and more powerful chips.
With a new, user-friendly interface, researchers can quickly design many cellular metamaterial structures that have unique mechanical properties.
The machine-learning algorithm identified a compound that kills Acinetobacter baumannii, a bacterium that lurks in many hospital settings.
At a symposium exploring the theme “Where Big Ideas Come From — and Why They Matter,” MIT faculty, including Sangeeta Bhatia and Dina Katabi, presented their research and shared their perspectives on how MIT can cultivate ideas and innovations to meet the major challenges of the world today.
Solar-Lezama is the first person appointed to this position generously endowed by Professor Jae S. Lim.
This chair appointment recognizes his groundbreaking research, excellent teaching and mentoring, and exceptional contributions to the department and to MIT.
The inaugural SERC Symposium convened experts from multiple disciplines to explore the challenges and opportunities that arise with the broad applicability of computing in many aspects of society.
MIT system demonstrates greater than 100-fold improvement in energy efficiency and a 25-fold improvement in compute density compared with current systems.
The device detects the same molecules that cell receptors do, and may enable routine early screening for cancers and other diseases.
The Institute received a No. 1 ranking in the following QS subject areas: Chemical Engineering; Civil and Structural Engineering; Computer Science and Information Systems; Data Science and Artificial Intelligence; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Linguistics; Materials Science; Mechanical, Aeronautical, and Manufacturing Engineering; Mathematics; Physics and Astronomy; and Statistics and Operational Research.
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.
The Department established the FRIF awards in 2011 to provide tenured, mid-career faculty with the funding resources and freedom necessary to explore new research directions, resulting in potentially important discoveries through early-stage research.
The purpose of the award is to recognize exceptional distinction in teaching, in research, and in service.
The prize recognizes early-to-mid-career computer scientists who have made key research contributions to the field, such as Kalai’s influence on modern cryptographic practices.
Student Awards & Spotlights
Senior Ananya Gurumurthy adds her musical talents to her math and computer science studies to advocate using data for social change.
Hae Won Lee and Jiadi Zhu, PhD students in EECS, have been chosen as winners of the fellowship this year, for their proposal titled “Low-temperature Heterogeous Integration of MoS2 Transistors on Silicon CMOS Circuits for RF Energy Harvesting”.
Alumni in Action
Undergraduate research helped feed EECS and physics major Thomas Bergamaschi’s post-MIT interest in tackling challenges.
Q & A
An innovator, entrepreneur, and outdoorsman, Thornton’s influence upon all the communities he touched was profound.