Graduates from the MIT EECS Department number over 20,000.  Our alumni are innovative leaders in fields impacting people across the globe.  Each year we feature several Course 6 alumni in the MIT EECS Connector, the annual EECS newsletter and include them in this Alumni spotlight.

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Meet this Bill from Microsoft
Bill Thies, '01, MEng '02, PhD '09, is featured in the online Indian newspaper titled The Hindu. Featured for his highly effective work in India bridging technology with social need, Bill Theis described his work... read more.
Wendi Heinzelman: A Woman to Watch
Wendi Heinzelman, SM '97, PhD '00, professor of electrical engineering and the dean of graduate studies for arts, sciences and engineering at the University of Rochester, has been featured in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle as a champion of women engineers -- a woman to watch. Read more of this feature, authored by Michelle Inclema Shippers.
Gollakota, CSAIL-EECS graduate, honored by ACM for 2012 Doctoral Dissertation
Shyamnath Gollakota, CSAIL-EECS graduate was honored with 2012 Doctoral Dissertation Award by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in recognition for his work with wireless interference. Dr. Gollakota, now assistant professor at the University of Washington, studied with Dina Katabi, professor in the EECS department and principal investigator in CSAIL at MIT.
Kota Murali wins INSA Award and two IBM Corporate Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards
Dr. Kota Murali (SM '03, PhD '06) is the Chief Technologist for Nanotechnology at the IBM India Semiconductor Research and Development Center. He was recently awarded two IBM Corporate Outstanding Technical Achievement Awards, and received the Indian National Science Academy Young Scientist Award, and the Materials Society of India Medal. Read more.
Susie Wee, '90, SM '91, PhD '96
Several months ago Susie Wee (’90, SM ’91, PhD ’96) took on a new role at Cisco as the VP and Chief Technology Officer of Networked Experiences. As with other transitions in her life and career, her abilities as a strong team builder and a well-grounded technologist have propelled her into new roles and challenges. Read more...
Sal Khan, SB, MEng '98
Sal Khan became a global superstar when he brought his life experiences and natural inclinations to help others into focus by creating and running the Khan Academy. Since it’s inception in 2008, Khan Academy, as a not-for-profit, has delivered over 240 million online lessons to students worldwide — testament to its mission to provide a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Read more...
Dropbox Founders Drew Houston '05 and Arash Ferdowsi '08
Drew Houston '05 and Arash Ferdowsi '08 were undergraduates in Course VI, computer science at MIT, but they didn't really meet until the summer of 2007 when it came time to develop Dropbox. What made their Dropbox partnership possible? Read about Dropbox founders Drew Houston '05 and Arash Ferdowsi '08 in the 2013 MIT EECS Connector.
Deborah Estrin, SM '83, PhD '85
On June 28, 2012, Cornell University announced that Deborah Estrin had accepted the position of professor of computer science — the first hire for Cornell Tech , the new technology center on Roosevelt Island off Manhattan. As the Founding Director of the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) 2002–2012, and a professor of computer science at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Prof. Estrin is noted as a pioneer in networked sensing, using mobile and wireless systems to collect and analyze real time data about the physical world. Read more....
Technology Review's 2012 TR35 includes two EECS graduates: Drew Houston and Baile Zhang
Since 1999, Technology Review, has selected top innovators under age 35 based on the impact of their creations. Included in this year's crop of stellar innovators are two EECS graduates: Drew Houston, the creator and co-founder of Dropbox and Baile Zhang, who has created visibility cloaking that currently works for small objects with the goal for cloaking larger objects.
Tyler Moeller, SB (6-2), MEng '98, named to Tech 50: "The Difference Makers" in Financial Services
Tyler Moeller, CEO and Co-founder (in 2003) of Broadway Technology, LLC, has been selected by the international business to business publication the Institutional Investor as one of the top 50 Technology Leaders in Financial Services. He is also distinguished in this group as the youngest at 36.
EECS Alumnus, Cal Newport writes about career choice - follow it and passion will follow
EECS alum Calvin Newport, '06, PhD '09, wrote for the NY Times about choosing a career. His suggestion? Chose your career and then let the passion follow you in this path!
Read the 2013 MIT EECS Connector -- the annual news from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Pawan Deshpande, MIT ‘06, MEng ‘07
Since he was in the fourth grade, Pawan Deshpande has been fascinated with computing, programming and online content. read more...
Ted Tewksbury, MIT ‘83, SM ‘87 and PhD ‘92
"I never set out to be a CEO. I just wanted to be a great engineer and create innovative products. Along the way, I discovered that.. " read more
Todd Coleman, MIT SM ‘02, PhD ‘05
"As a professor in bioengineering at UCSD, my research is multi-disciplinary at its core. I attribute the ability to make connections between biology and engineering to my training in Course VI at MIT..." read more
Wendi Heinzelman, MIT SM ‘97, PhD ‘00
“I went into an academic research career in order to have impact—through my research, through my teaching, and through my mentoring of graduate students.”
Sachin Katti, MIT PhD ‘09
"I started down this research path itself quite serendipitously, and the story speaks to the amazing nature of research connections you can make at MIT from random conversations."
Yehia Massound, MIT PhD '99
"It was at MIT where my limits were really challenged. I learned that intelligence can only take a person so far but if combined with strong commitment and consistent work, it can lead to profound success." -- Yehia Massoud
Sridevi Sarma, MIT PhD ‘06
"Sri’s path to brain-implant controller design started during the time she was doing her doctoral studies in LIDS. While her graduate studies were focused on control theory, she was taking courses in neuroscience on the side."
Mark Somerville, MIT PhD ‘98
"For me, these themes – intensity and commitment, the virtue of trusting students to go further than the ‘ought to’ be able to, and the rewards of working with students and seeing them develop as thinkers, as doers, and most of all as people – have formed the foundation for my work..." read more
David Wentzlaff, MIT PhD ‘11
"I chose to go to MIT after visit day weekend. I just loved the environment, loved the faculty, and loved the students. After all of my years in graduate school, my first impressions did not waiver, the community at MIT and EECS is what makes it such a great place."
Vanessa Wood, MIT PhD ‘11
"From the outside, MIT has a reputation of competition; however, as a student in EECS, I found the opposite to be true. Whether it was studying for an exam with fellow students or replacing tubing for a water-cooling system in lab, there was always willingness to share knowledge and lend a hand."