New Leadership in EECS: Anantha P. Chandrakasan

New Leadership in EECS: Chandrakasan selects team, continued

Associate Department Heads (seated left) Munther Dahleh and (seated right) Bill Freeman, pose informally with Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan.

Associate Department Heads (seated left) Munther Dahleh and (seated right) Bill Freeman, with Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan.

In building his leadership team, Anantha Chandrakasan has selected Munther (Munzer) A. Dahleh and William (Bill) S. Freeman to be Associate Department Heads. Each associate head will serve a three year term.

Munther Dahleh joined the faculty in 1987. He is internationally known for his fundamental contributions to robust control theory, computational methods for controller design, the interplay between information and control, the fundamental limits of learning and decision in networked systems, and the detection and mitigation of systemic risk in interconnected and networked systems. Munzer has taught many courses in EECS both at the undergraduate and graduate levels and received the graduate students’ best teaching award. He was Associate Director of LIDS from 2007-2010 and Acting director in 2010-2011. He also served on many institute and department committees and is currently a housemaster at MacGregor house.

Bill Freeman joined the faculty in 2001 and is a world-renowned leader in the fields of computer vision, computational photography, and machine learning. Bill is active in the program and organizing committees of the major computer vision, graphics, and machine learning conferences.He served as the program co-chair for the International Conference on Computer Vision(ICCV) in 2005, and will be the program co-chair for Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) in 2013. From 1981 – 1987, he worked at Polaroid, developing image processing algorithms for electronic cameras and printers. In 1987-88, he was a Foreign Expert at the Taiyuan University of Technology, P. R. of China.From 1992 – 2001 he worked at Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL), in Cambridge, MA, as Sr. Research Scientist and Associate Director, and was a CSAIL Associate Director during 2010.

In addition, Department Head Chandrakasan has named two (Co-) Education Officers to handle the large academic load in the department. Saman P. Amarasinghe and Jacob K. White will serve three year terms. Chandrakasan noted in his announcement: “Between them, [Saman and Jacob] span a broad range of technical areas from devices, modeling and circuit design to system architectures and software systems.”

Saman Amarasinghe is a world-renowned leader in compiler technology. His research interests are in discovering novel approaches to improve the performance of modern computer systems and make them more secure without unduly increasing the complexity faced by the end users, application developers, compiler writers, or computer architects. As an EECS faculty member since 1997, Amarasinghe has been involved with teaching many courses in EECS including 6.001, 6.004, 6.005, 6.033, 6.035, 6.170 and 6.172. Currently he is co-developing 6.172, a class on Performance Engineering of Software Systems.

Jacob White, is widely known for his contributions to linear, nonlinear and parameterized model reduction; and for the fast methods for solving integral equations that resulted in the fast interconnect analysis programs Fastcap and Fasthenry and the fast fluid flow analysis program Faststokes. In 2011, Jacob received a department Jamieson Award for his contributions to course and curriculum development, having helped develop two of the department’s graduate numerical courses as well as both of the department’s new introductory courses, 6.01 and 6.02.

Dennis M. Freeman, who has served as Education Officer since spring, 2009, has been selected by Dept. Head Chandrakasan as EECS Undergraduate Officer. As a member of the faculty since 1995, Freeman has become internationally known for his research in cochlear micromechanics. Dennis Freeman is also widely known for his contributions in education as member of the EECS Curriculum Initiative Committee (2004 to 2007), and as chair of MIT’s Committee on the Undergraduate Program (2005 to 2009). He has won a number of teaching awards, including the Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching (2005), and he is a MacVicar Faculty Fellow (since 2006).

Current Graduate Officer, Leslie Kolodziejski, who has served in this position since November 2010, will remain as part of the new team. (Read more about Leslie in an interview with her in this current newsletter issue).

Chandrakasan also announced the appointment of Steven B. Leeb as the EECS Instructional Labs Officer. Steve is widely known for his innovative research in power electronics, power monitoring, and energy conversion. He has won a number of awards for research and teaching, including the MIT Harold E. Edgerton Award (1998), the IEEE Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer (1999), the Eta Kappa Nu EECS Undergraduate Teaching Award (2006), election as an IEEE Fellow (2007), and he is a MacVicar Faculty Fellow (since 2004). In announcing this appointment, Chandrakasan said: “As EECS Instructional Labs Officer, Steve will have oversight of the EECS teaching laboratories to ensure that they continue to ignite passion, connect theory to practice for our students, and function as an effective teaching venue for our faculty and staff.”

Chandrakasan’s team also includes Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Frederick C. Hennie III and Administrative Officer Agnes Chow. Prof. Hennie served as chairman of the faculty committee in charge of the undergraduate computer science program within the EECS Department from 1969 to 1976. He served as Executive Officer of the EECS Department for many years–continuing in that role part time since 2001–now serving as EECS Advisor.

Agnes Chow has been the Administrative Officer for the EECS Department since 2005. She has held several leadership roles in her 20+ year career at MIT. Agnes is a recipient of the 2004-2005 MIT Excellence Award for “Going Above and Beyond”, and a recipient of the SoE 2010 Ellen J. Mandigo Award for Outstanding Service. She will continue as a key member of the EECS leadership team.

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