The titular engineers of 2022 | MIT News

The School of Engineering announced that MIT has granted tenure to 14 faculty members in the departments of Biological Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science (jointly under the School of Engineering and MIT Schwarzman College of Computing), materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering.

“I am truly amazed by our new cohort of full professors,” says Anantha Chandrakasan, Dean of the School of Engineering and Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. “This is a diverse group of educators and scholars whose research and commitment to teaching have had a tremendous impact on our community, both in the classroom and in the lab.

This year’s new incumbent associate professors are:

Guy Bresler, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, conducts research at the interface of information theory, statistics, theoretical computer science and probability. His work aims to understand the fundamental interplay between information properties, computational complexity and combinatorial structure in modern statistical inference problems.

Otto Cordero, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, studies the ecology and evolution of natural microbial collectives. His laboratory is interested in understanding the impact of social and ecological interactions at the microscopic scale on the overall productivity, stability and evolutionary dynamics of microbial ecosystems.

Michael Carbin, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, studies the design, semantics, and implementation of language-driven systems. It focuses on systems that operate in the presence of uncertainty in their environment, implementation, or execution.

Ming Guoassociate professor of mechanical engineering, works at the interface of mechanics, physics and cell biology, seeking to understand how physical properties and biological function influence each other in cellular and multicellular systems, and how the laws physical and material govern the behavior of living cells and their abilities to deform, move, reshape and function.

Stefanie Jegelka, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, focuses her research on algorithmic machine learning, which covers modeling, optimization algorithms, theory, and applications. In particular, she worked on exploiting mathematical structure for discrete and combinatorial machine learning problems, robustness and scaling of machine learning algorithms.

Jeehwan Kim, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, studies topics ranging from basic materials physics/mechanics to electronic/photonic devices and systems for next-generation electronics. His group focuses on innovation in nanotechnology for next generation computing and electronics

Angela Koehler, an associate professor of biological engineering, focuses on creating chemical tools and methods to study temporal aspects of transcriptional regulation in development and disease, with an emphasis on cancer. His laboratory pursues these goals by discovering and developing direct small-molecule probes of proteins involved in the regulation of transcription such as transcription factors and chromatin-modifying enzymes.

Mathias Kolleassociate professor of mechanical engineering, uses his knowledge of biological light manipulation strategies to design and realize multifunctional bioinspired optical materials for 21st century technology applications, using cost-effective and scalable microfabrication, self-based techniques -assembly and biomimetic morphogenesis processes.

Tim Kraskaassociate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, is co-director of the Data System and AI LAB at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), co-founder of Instancio (acquired), and co-founder of Einblick Analytics ( Currently, his research focuses on building systems for machine learning, increasing the efficiency of data-intensive systems, and democratizing data science through machine learning.

James LeBeauAssociate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, focuses on the application and development of breakthrough transmission (scanning) electron microscopy techniques to connect atomic structure and defect/interface chemistry with material properties for quantum computing, energy storage, power electronics, dielectrics and optical applications.

Luqiao Liu, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, focuses on the fabrication of nanoscale spintronic devices to achieve efficient control of magnetic dynamics. He is also exploring novel hardware and physical mechanisms to improve the performance of spintronic devices for memory, logic, and neuromorphic applications.

Robert Macfarlaneassociate professor of materials science and engineering, focuses on developing a set of design principles for the synthesis of novel inorganic/organic composite materials, where the nanoscale structure can be manipulated to tune properties emergent physics of a bulk material.

Desiree Plata, associate professor in civil and environmental engineering, focuses her research on the design of new materials and industrial processes; carbon transformations; global carbon management and response strategies; the use and efficiency of resource management; and environmental sustainability.

C. Cem TasanThomas B. King Professor of Metallurgy and Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, explores the limits of physical metallurgy, solid mechanics, and in situ microscopy to design new alloys with exceptional resistance to damage.

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