The tenured engineers of 2016

Seven appointments are made in the School of Engineering

MIT News

The School of Engineering has announced that seven members of its faculty have been granted tenure by MIT.

“These newly tenured colleagues have demonstrated a commitment to outstanding research and teaching,” said Ian A. Waitz, dean of the School of Engineering. “They have made a significant impact on MIT and their fields, and we look forward to the continuation of their remarkable work.”

This year’s newly tenured associate professors are:

Steven Barrett, associate professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Finmeccanica Career Development Professor of Engineering, and director of the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment. The main goal of his research is to advance understanding of the environmental impacts of aviation, and to develop strategies that mitigate these impacts.

Mark Bathe ’98, SM ’01, PhD ’04, associate professor in the Department of Biological Engineering. His research focuses on quantitative physical approaches to understanding complex biological processes from a molecular perspective. He runs an interdisciplinary research group that draws together biologists, chemists, physicists, and engineers focused on this area.

Paola Cappellaro PhD ’06, associate professor in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and an Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Professor. She leads the Quantum Engineering Group in the Research Laboratory of Electronics, where her work focuses on improving both the experimental techniques and the coherent control theory of quantum bits and gaining a deeper knowledge of the mechanics of decoherence.

Sangbae Kim, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, an Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Professor, and leader of the Biomimetics Robotics Lab. He conducts research in biomimetics, using biological systems as models for the design and engineering of robots. His interests include biomechanics of locomotion and printable robotics.

Jesse Kroll, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research involves the experimental study of the properties and chemical transformation of organic species in the Earth’s atmosphere. Particular interests include the development of new analytical tools for the measurement and characterizations of organics in both the gas and condensed phase, and the use of these tools in the lab and field to better constrain the amount, nature, and chemical evolution of atmospheric organics.

Youssef Marzouk ’97, SM ’99, PhD ’04, associate professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and director of the Aerospace Computational Design Laboratory. His research focuses on uncertainty quantification, inverse problems, statistical inference, and Bayesian computation for complex physical systems, and using these algorithms to address modeling challenges in energy conversion and environmental applications.

Armando Solar-Lezama, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He works with the Computer Assisted Programming Group to develop techniques that exploit automated reasoning and computing power to tackle challenging programming problems.


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