The School of Engineering announces that MIT has awarded tenures to 14 faculty members in its departments of Bioengineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science (reporting jointly to the School of Engineering and the MIT Schwarzman School of Computing) , Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.
“I am very surprised by our newest tenured faculty member,” said Anantha Chandrakasan, dean of the School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. “They are a diverse group of educators and scholars whose research and commitment to teaching have had a huge impact on our communities, classrooms and laboratories.”
Newly appointed associate professors this year are:
Guy Bresler is an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, conducting research at the intersection of information theory, statistics, theoretical computer science, and probability theory. His work seeks to understand the fundamental interplay between information properties, computational complexity, and combinatorial structure in modern statistical reasoning problems.
Otto Cordero, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, studies the ecology and evolution of natural microbial communities. His lab is interested in understanding how microscale social and ecological interactions affect the global productivity, stability, and evolutionary dynamics of microbial ecosystems.
Michael Carbin, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, studies the design, semantics, and implementation of language-driven systems. His focus is on systems that operate under uncertainty about the environment, implementation, or execution.
Ming Guo, associate professor of mechanical engineering, works at the intersection of mechanics, physics, and cell biology, trying to understand how physical properties and biological functions interact in cells and multicellular systems, and how the laws of physics and matter govern the behavior of living cells and Its ability to deform, move, reshape and function.
Stefanie Jegelka is an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, her research focuses on algorithmic machine learning, covering modeling, optimization algorithms, theory, and applications. In particular, she has been working on the use of mathematical structures to solve discrete and combinatorial machine learning problems, robustness, and scaling of machine learning algorithms.
Jeehwan Kim is an associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering, with research topics ranging from fundamental materials physics/mechanics to electronic/photonic devices and systems for next-generation electronics.His team focuses on nanotechnology innovation for next-generation computing and electronics
Angela Koehler, associate professor of bioengineering, focuses on building chemical tools and methods for studying the temporal aspects of transcriptional regulation in development and disease, with a focus on cancer. Her lab accomplishes these goals by discovering and developing direct small-molecule probes of proteins involved in transcriptional regulation, such as transcription factors and chromatin-modifying enzymes.
Mathias Kolle, associate professor of mechanical engineering, leverages insights into biological light manipulation strategies to design and implement multifunctional biomimetic optical materials for 21st century technological applications using cost-effective, scalable microfabrication, self-assembly-based techniques, and biomimetic morphogenesis processes .
Tim Kraska, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is co-director of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) Data Systems and AI Lab, co-founder of Instancio (acquired), and Einblick Analytics (einblick.ai ). Currently, his research focuses on building machine learning systems, improving the efficiency of data-intensive systems, and democratizing data science through machine learning.
James LeBeau, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, focuses on the application and development of revolutionary (scanning) transmission electron microscopy techniques that link the atomic structure and chemistry of defects/interfaces with the material properties of quantum computing, energy storage, power electronics, dielectrics, and optics application.
Luqiao Liu, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, focuses on fabricating nanoscale spintronic devices for efficient control of magnetodynamics. He also explores new materials and physical mechanisms to improve the performance of spintronic devices in memory, logic, and neuromorphic applications.
Robert Macfarlane, associate professor of materials science and engineering, has focused on developing a set of design principles for the synthesis of novel inorganic/organic composites in which nanoscale structures can be manipulated to tune emerging physical properties of bulk materials.
Desirée Plata is Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where her research focuses on novel materials and industrial process design; carbon-based transformation; global carbon management and response strategies; resource management utilization and efficiency; and environmental sustainability.
C. Cem Tasan, Thomas B. King Professor of Metallurgy and Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, explores the boundaries of physical metallurgy, solid mechanics, and in situ microscopy to design new alloys with superior damage resistance.