As announced today by the MIT School of Engineering and reported by the MIT News Office, Anantha P. Chandrakasan, the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering, has been named the next head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). He will assume the new role beginning July 1.
Chandrakasan will take over the role previously held by Eric Grimson, who was named MIT's chancellor in February. EECS is the largest academic department at MIT; nearly 30 percent of undergraduates major in the department's programs.
"As the largest academic department in the School of Engineering, and at MIT, EECS and its faculty are involved in an exceptional range of intellectual, educational, and research activities," School of Engineering Dean Ian Waitz said today (June 13) in an email to the EECS community. "I welcome the new ideas that Anantha will bring to leading EECS and his dedication as he assumes this role."
Chandrakasan earned his BS (1989), MS (1990) and PhD (1994) in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California at Berkeley; he joined the MIT faculty in 1994.
His research interests include micro-power digital and mixed-signal integrated circuit design, wireless microsensor system design, portable multimedia devices, and energy efficient radios.
As director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), Chandrakasan and his colleagues have conducted microsystems research in circuits and systems, microelectromechanical systems, electronic and photonic devices, and molecular and nanotechnology. Chandrakasan will step down as MTL's director, a position he has held since 2006.
Chandrakasan and his students have won a range of prizes and awards, and he has been honored with the Semiconductor Industry Association University Researcher Award (2009), and election as a Fellow of the IEEE. He serves as the Conference Chair of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, a position he has held since 2010.
In his message announcing the new EECS Department Head, Dean Waitz acknowledged the outgoing leadership, saying:
"I thank Professors Srini Devadas and Duane Boning for their service as interim Department Head and Interim Associate Department Head, and for their many years of service as Associate Heads of EECS. I am also deeply grateful to Chancellor Eric Grimson who, with Srini and Duane, provided excellent leadership of the department over the last six years."
More recent articles noting Anantha Chandrakasan's research and dedication to teaching include:
Technology Review, "Milliwatts with Mega Impact, Anantha Chandrakasan, director of MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories, sees big potential for electronics with tiny power needs." November/December 2010. MIT News Feature by David Chandler
EECS Newsletter, Fall 2010 "Blending EE with CS, Interview with Anantha Chandrakasan"
MIT Industrial Liaison Program, ILP Institute Insider, June 3, 2010, "Ramping Up on Low-Energy MTL Pursues Low-Power, Energy-Efficient, Integrated Circuits and Systems," by Alice McCarthy (available to members or MIT certificate holders)