New Leadership in EECS: Anantha P. Chandrakasan

New Leadership in EECS: Anantha Chandrakasan, continued

Anantha Chandrakasan, EECS Dept. Head in his laboratory, home for the Digital Integrated Circuits and Systems Group, July 2011.

Anantha Chandrakasan, EECS Dept. Head in his laboratory, home for the Digital Integrated Circuits and Systems Group, July 2011.

In broader terms, vision is something that comes readily to Anantha Chandrakasan — whether in electronic device development or in education and research. His vision for the EECS Department is based on the continuing convergence of electrical engineering and computer science as vehicle for educational and research platforms that will significantly impact all aspects of society. Chandrakasan is eager to see MIT EECS play a major role in advancing emergent technologies in areas such as communications and networking, information technology, healthcare, robotics, security, transportation, and energy systems.

As MTL Director since 2006, Chandrakasan has been actively nurturing this blending of disciplines including collaboration between the electrical engineers and computer scientists (and engineers) within the EECS Department. [See “Blending EE and CS: An Interview with Anantha Chandrakasan” EECS Newsletter Fall 2010]. He is eager to see this kind of collaboration continue not only by creating the intellectual and research means for new blended technologies that will result, but by building the future generations of students who will lead in these new collaborative fronts, significantly improving life into the coming decades.

Noted for building collaborations with industry while directing the Microsystems Technology Laboratories, Chandrakasan is eager to continue, as EECS Department head, to build collaborations across industrial platforms while encouraging further opportunities for students to become involved in the process. ‘MTL Days’, for example, became a way that students could spend a day (yes an intense one!) of talks and technical interchange with company research teams on location. [See the Fall 2010 edition of Micronotes, the annual news magazine of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories].

Enhancing the EECS experience is another way which Chandrakasan plans to exercise his department leadership, particularly for students. He is eager to build the UROP experience — one that will make publication-worthy results possible; to nurture a learning environment in the department that is rich with hands-on experiences (building on the strong elements of the popular new undergraduate curriculum classes 6.01 and 6.02); and he plans to continue to develop strong international experiences for EECS students such as those offered to all MIT students through MISTI (the MIT International Science and Technology Initiative).

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