Named Professorship Appointments, 2009
The School of Engineering announces the following 19 appointments to named professorships, or chairs, throughout the School. These appointments are effective July 1, 2009.
Scott Aaronson, TIBCO Career Development Professor
Aaronson’s research interests center around the limitations of quantum computers, and computational complexity theory more generally.
Lallit Anand, Warren and Townley Rohsenow Professor
Anand studies the theory and practice of constitutive modelling of materials deformation, deformation processing, interface friction, powder deformation, MEMS, and computational modelling of crystalline mechanical behaviour.
Mark Bathe, Samuel A. Goldblith Professor of Applied Biology
Bathe’s research focuses on cell biology and understanding how spatiotemporally regulated dynamical interactions between single molecules result in the emergence of specific coordinated function on cellular length-scales.
Vladimir Bulovic, VanBuren N. Hansford (1937) - MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Bulovic’s research interests focus on nanostructured organic materials, opto-electronic structures, LEDs, solar cells, photodetectors, memory cells, chemical sensors, thin films, and self-assembled materials.
Gang Chen, Carl Richard Soderberg Professor in Power Engineering
Chen’s research interests include micro- and nanoscale heat transfer and energy conversion with applications in thermoelectrics, photovoltaics, and microelectronics; nano-mechanical devices and micro-electro-mechanical systems; radiation and electromagnetic metamaterials; and nanoengineered high thermal conductivity polymers and liquids.
Joel L Dawson, Mark Hyman, Jr. Career Development Professor
Dawson’s research group designs RF and mixed-signal CMOS ICs for communications systems and medical applications. They also explore the application of mathematical optimization techniques to allocate resources between analog and digital subsystems.
Peter Dedon, Underwood-Prescott Professor
Dedon’s research concerns biological chemistry of RNA modifications; chemical and biological mechanisms linking inflammation and human disease; chemical biology of DNA, RNA, protein and lipid damage caused by drugs, ionizing radiation, microbes and endogenous chemicals; and bioanalytical chemistry and biological mass spectrometry.
Jeffrey C. Grossman, Carl Richard Soderberg Career Development Professor in Power Engineering
Grossman’s area of expertise is computational materials science and engineering with a focus on energy. His group uses theory and simulation to develop new materials with improved properties.
Neville Hogan, Sun Jae Professor in Mechanical Engineering
Hogan’s research interests are in human performance enhancement technologies, biomechanics and neural control of movement, physical system modeling, and design and control.
Daniel Jackson, VanBuren N. Hansford (1937) Professor - MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Jackson has broad interests in software engineering, especially in development methods, design and specification, formal methods, and safety critical systems.
Hadley D. Sikes, Joseph R. Mares ‘24 Career Development Professor in Chemical Engineering
Johnson pursues directed evolution of thermostable enzymes that generate reactive oxygen species; redox polymerization-based amplification for low-cost, high-throughput detection of biomarker panels, rare cells, and epigenetic states of genes during tumorigenesis; and electrode-driven biocatalysis.
Leslie P Kaelbling, Ellen Swallow Richards (1873) Professor
Kaelbling works on situated agents, mobile robotics, reinforcement learning, and decision-theoretic planning. Her research interests include behavior learning, visually-guided map learning for mobile robots, planning in very large stochastic domains, and learning relational models.
Douglas Lauffenburger, Ford Professor
Lauffenburger’s research group focuses on molecular cell bioengineering. His work elucidates important aspects of receptor-mediated regulation of mammalian blood and tissue cell behavioral functions such as proliferation, adhesion, migration, and macromolecular transport.
Tomas Lozano-Perez, School of Engineering Professor of Teaching Excellence
Lozano-Perez’s research is in robotics (configuration-space approach to motion planning), computer vision (interpretation-tree approach to object recognition), machine learning (multiple-instance learning), medical imaging (computer-assisted surgery) and computational chemistry (drug activity prediction and protein structure determination from NMR & X-ray data).
Nicola Marzari, Toyota Professor in Materials Processing
Marzari develops and applies computational modeling to outstanding problems in materials science, using accurate quantum-mechanical descriptions of interacting electrons and nuclei.
Youssef M. Marzouk, Boeing Career Development Professor in Aeronautics and Astronautics
Marzouk’s research interests include energy conversion and propulsion, chemically reacting flows, transport processes, fluid mixing, vortex dynamics, and chemical kinetics.
Yossi Sheffi, Elisha Gray II Professor
Sheffi is an expert in systems optimization, risk analysis, and supply chain management. His research interests include transportation and logistics systems analysis, decision support systems for network optimizations with application to logistics management, and carrier operations and supply chain management.
Subra Suresh, Vannevar Bush Professor
Suresh’s research focuses on the mechanical responses of single biological cells and molecules, and the implications of these responses for human health and diseases.
Nickolai Zeldovich, Douglas Ross (1954) Career Development Professor of Software Technology
Zeldovich’s current projects include re-designing the security model of web browsers to improve security and enable more flexible mash-up applications, providing tools for programmers to check application-level “semantic” security invariants, making web application databases scale, and improving application performance on multicore systems.