Dear members of the MIT community and friends,
It has been an exciting and eventful start to the year for our engineering community. Earlier this month, seven MIT researchers and fourteen alumni were elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest honors bestowed upon an engineer. I find myself truly inspired by this talented group of individuals — all leaders in their fields — who have conducted groundbreaking research and developed transformative solutions across a range of disciplines, including machine learning, biomechanics, space technology, and supply chain management.
In January, MIT welcomed its 18th president, Sally Kornbluth. Since assuming her new role, President Kornbluth has embarked on a listening tour, meeting with students, faculty, and staff across the Institute. I look forward to celebrating President Kornbluth’s inauguration this May.
Recently, three members of our faculty were called to serve in leadership roles of national importance. Professor Evelyn Wang, former head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was appointed by the US Senate as director of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Professor Daniel Hastings, associate dean of engineering for diversity, equity, and inclusion and head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, was named by Vice President Kamala Harris to serve on the National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group. Finally, Professor Angela Belcher, head of the Department of Biological Engineering, was appointed to the National Security Commission on Emerging Biotechnology by the Senate and House Armed Services Committees. It is thrilling to see MIT faculty members shaping the future of energy research, the space enterprise, and our understanding of new biotechnologies at a national level.
Leadership is at the core of our mission in the School of Engineering. In this issue of The Infinite, you’ll see that leadership on full display as you’re introduced to a team of engineers who are advancing LED technology, a group of graduate students using AI to benefit patients everywhere, and several other leaders in our community. You’ll also meet a staff member who dedicated nearly three decades to the fab at MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL).
I am looking forward to seeing all the ways members of the MIT community continue to serve as leaders in the coming year.