25 faculty members earn tenure

Charles F. Harvey

The Corporation's Executive Committee approved 25 faculty members for promotion to tenure in May. Here are their profiles:

Charles F. Harvey

Environmental Engineering

Education: B.S. 1986 (Oberlin College); M.S. 1992 and Ph.D. 1996 (both from Stanford University)

Joined MIT faculty: 1998

Harvey is a hydrologist concerned with groundwater and the fate and transport of chemicals in the subsurface environment.

David Darmofal

Aeronautics and Astronautics

Education: B.S.E.1989 (University of Michigan); S.M. 1991 and Ph.D. 1993 (MIT)

Joined MIT faculty: 1995

Darmofal is a world leader in the computation of aerodynamic flows for design and in the robust aero-thermal design of jet engines. He is a national leader in aerospace design.

Andras Vasy


Education: B.S. 1993 and M.S. 1993 (both from Stanford University); Ph.D. 1997 (MIT)

Joined MIT faculty: 1999

Vasy is the leading microlocal analyst of his generation.

Max Tegmark


Education: S.B. 1989 (Stockholm School of Economics); S.B. 1990 (Royal Institute of Technology); Ph.D. 1994 (UC-Berkeley)

Joined MIT faculty: 2004

Tegmark's research focuses on issues related to constraining cosmological models. His main current research interest is cosmology theory and phenomenology.

Bernhardt L. Trout

Chemical Engineering

Education: S.B. and M.S.CEP 1990 (MIT); Ph.D. 1996 (UC-Berkeley)

Joined MIT faculty: 1998

A leader in molecular engineering, Trout does research into clean fuel sources, high-sulfur-fuel emission reduction and minimizing degradation of therapeutic proteins (drugs).

Eran Ben-Joseph

Urban Studies and Planning

Education: B.A. 1982 and Ph.D. 1995 (both from UC-Berkeley); M. Agr. 1986 (National University, Chiba, Japan)

Joined MIT faculty: 1998

A major voice in his field, Ben-Joseph suggests new approaches to shaping urban development in more responsible and effective ways.

Catherine L. Drennan


Education: A.B. 1985 (Vassar College); Ph.D. 1995 (University of Michigan)

Joined MIT faculty: 1996

Drennan uses macromolecular crystallography to investigate metalloproteins that achieve some of the more remarkable chemical transformations in living systems.

Scott R. Manalis

Biological Engineering

Education: B.S. 1994 (UC-Santa Barbara); M.S. 1996 and Ph.D. 1998 (both from Stanford University)

Joined MIT faculty: 1999

Manalis' laboratory develops more efficient methods for measuring specific proteins and DNA. Manalis has played a key role in the creation of a new bioinstrumentation laboratory subject for the biological engineering S.B. major.

Bevin P. Engelward

Biological Engineering

Education: B.A. 1988 (Yale University); Sc.D. 1996 (Harvard University)

Joined MIT faculty: 1997

Engelward's work is focused on environmental and inherited factors that influence human health. The Engelward laboratory created the first animal model that makes it possible to directly detect recombinant cells that arise in adult tissues.

Georgia Perakis

Sloan School of Management

Education: B.S. 1987 (University of Athens, Greece); M.S. 1988 and Ph.D. 1993 (Brown University)

Joined MIT faculty: 1998

A rising star in operations research, Perakis is known for her strong mathematical background and creativity in applying novel, sophisticated mathematical tools to optimization and equilibrium problems.

Andreas S. Schulz

Sloan School of Management

Education: Diploma, mathematics 1993 and Ph.D. 1996 (both from Technische Universität, Germany)

Joined MIT faculty: 1998

Schulz is a leader in the field of machine scheduling. His contributions include not only the solution of specific problems but also the development of methodologies that can be broadly applied.

Jesper B. Sorensen

Sloan School of Management

Education: A.B. 1989 (Harvard University); M.A. 1992 and Ph.D. 1996 (Stanford University)

Joined MIT faculty: 2000

Sorenson is a top scholar in organizational sociology. His research lies at the intersection of organizations (macro-organizational issues) and labor markets (issues of social class and mobility).

Ezra W. Zuckerman Sivan

Sloan School of Management

Education: B.A. 1992 (Columbia University); M.S. 1994 and Ph.D. 1997 (both from University of Chicago)

Joined MIT faculty: 2001

Zuckerman is a leader in the emerging field of economic sociology. His work is known for both theoretical sophistication and methodological rigor.

Krste Asanovic

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Education: B.A.1987 (University of Cambridge); Ph.D. 1998 (UC-Berkeley)

Joined MIT faculty: 1998

Asanovic occupies an unusual research niche, combining strengths as a circuit designer with strengths as a computer architect. His breakthrough innovations in memory management and in parallel processor design are highly influential within the field.

Isaac L. Chuang

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Education: S.B. 1990, S.B. 1991 and S.M. 1991 (all MIT); Ph.D. 1997 (Stanford University)

Joined MIT faculty: 2001

Chuang is a leader in the young field of quantum computation and quantum information and has already made landmark progress toward his research goal, building a practical quantum computer.

Martin F. Polz

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Education: Mag. Rer. Nat. 1991 (University of Vienna); A.M. 1995 and Ph.D. 1997 (both from Harvard University)

Joined MIT faculty: 1998

The focus of Polz's work has been developing a clear picture of the diversity of microbes in nature, an understanding of the evolutionary origins of that diversity and an understanding of what is influencing the rate(s) of microbial processes.

David Autor


Education: B.A.1989 (Tufts University); M.A.1994 and Ph.D. 1999 (both from Harvard University)

Joined MIT faculty: 1999

Autor is a labor economist who is studying fundamental issues concerning training, information flows and labor market structure. He is one of the leading young scholars in labor economics and has built an international reputation for his analysis of current labor market developments.

Muriel Medard

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Education: S.B. 1989, S.B. 1991, S.M. 1991, Ph.D. 1995 (all from MIT)

Joined MIT faculty: 1995 (Lincoln Lab)

Medard has made significant contributions in two areas: wireless communications and optical networks. She is credited with laying the foundation for a third field, network coding.

Antoinette Schoar

Sloan School of Management

Education: Diploma, economics 1995 (University of Cologne, Germany); Ph.D. 2000 (University of Chicago)

Joined MIT faculty: 2000

Schoar's work focuses on the relationships between the internal structure and policies of the firm and financial outcomes.

Emma J. Teng

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Education: A.B. 1989, A.M. 1992, Ph.D. 1997 (all from Harvard University)

Joined MIT faculty: 1995

An innovative scholar who has demonstrated leadership nationally in premodern Chinese studies and Asian-American studies, Teng has helped shape the Asian and Asian-American studies curriculum at MIT. Her work combines textual analysis, solid historical scholarship and theoretical inquiries.

Jianshu Cao


Education: B.Sc. 1986 (Zhejiang University); M. Arts 1988, M. Phil. 1989, Ph.D. 1993 (all from Columbia University)

Joined MIT faculty: 1998

Cao's research group develops molecular models for understanding the structure and dynamics of condensed phase molecular systems, to establish relationships between these models and experimental observables and to explore new ways to measure and manipulate molecular dynamics.

Andrei Tokmakoff


Education: B.Sc. (California State University); M. Sc. and Ph.D. (both from Stanford University)

Joined MIT faculty: 1999

Tokmakoff's research focuses on molecular dynamics in the condensed phase. He works on experimental methods to study transient molecular structure and its time-evolution in amorphous molecular condensed phases and biological systems.

Michael B. Yaffe


Education: B.S. 1981 (Cornell University); Ph.D. 1987 and M.D. 1989 (both from Case Western Reserve)

Joined MIT faculty: 2000

Yaffe is an international leader in the field of signal transduction. His research is aimed at deciphering the structural code that governs the transient interactions between proteins in intracellular signaling pathways. Using a combination of diverse methods in biochemistry, cell biology, proteomics and bioinformatics, Yaffe's research shows at the molecular level how intracellular signals can be transmitted through networks of interactions.

Chappell Lawson

Political Science

Education: A.B. 1989 (Princeton University); M.S. 1996 and Ph.D. 1999 (both from Stanford University)

Joined MIT faculty: 1998

Lawson's primary research field is Latin America and the emergence of new democracies. He is interested in understanding how the public discourse that links citizens and candidates for office evolves as former authoritarian regimes embrace the trappings of mass democracy.

Victor Chernozhukov


Education: B.S. 1995 (Nizhni Novgorod State Agricultural Academy); M.S. 1997 (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Ph.D. 2000 (Stanford University)

Joined MIT faculty: 2000

Chernozhukov is an econometric theorist who has emerged as the leading econometrician in his age group. He combines an outstanding command of mathematical statistical methods with a broad interest in important econometric problems.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 19, 2005 (download PDF).

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