Seventeen faculty are appointed to named professorships


Seventeen faculty members have been appointed to named professorships. All appointments are for three-year terms and became effective July 1.

Assistant Professor Regina Barzilay of electrical engineering and computer science has been selected to hold the Douglas T. Ross Career Development Professorship of Software Technology.

Suzanne Berger, professor of political science, and Dick Yue, associate dean of engineering, have been named to two-year terms as Class of 1960 Fellows.

Andrea Campbell, associate professor of political science, has been chosen for the Alfred Henry and Jean Morrison Hayes Career Development Professorship. The professorship was established by Alfred Henry Hayes, who received a degree in chemical engineering from MIT in 1929, and his wife.

Christopher Capozzola, associate professor of history, has been selected as the inaugural holder of the Lister Brothers Career Development Professorship. This professorship was established by two brothers who graduated from MIT -- Gordon Lister, Class of 1930, and Donald Lister, Class of 1934.

Jianzhu Chen, professor of biology, has been named to the Ivan R. Cottrell Professorship for a five-year term. The Cottrell Professorship was created in 1991 through a bequest from Ivan R. Cottrell to fund research in immunology.

Kerry Emanuel, professor of meteorology, has been chosen to hold the Breene M. Kerr Professorship for a five-year term. This chair was established through gifts from Breene M. Kerr to honor distinguished professors at MIT.

Dennis Kim, assistant professor of biology, has been selected to hold the Robert A. Swanson Career Development Professorship in the Life Sciences. The chair was established in 1986 by Robert A. Swanson, a 1969 graduate of MIT and the co-founder and chief executive officer of Genentech, Inc.

Associate Professor Young Lee of physics has been named to the Mark Hyman, Jr. Career Development Professorship. This chair was established in 1998 through a bequest from Mark Hyman, Jr., Class of 1939.

Assistant Professor Retsef Levi of the Sloan School of Management has been named to the Robert N. Noyce Career Development Professorship.

Stuart Licht, assistant professor of chemistry, has been selected to hold the Samuel A. Goldblith Career Development Professorship. The chair was established by friends of Samuel A. Goldblith, a longtime MIT professor and administrator.

Assistant Professor David McAdams of the Sloan School of Management has been chosen to hold the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Professorship. Cecil Green was a member of the Class of 1923 and founder of Texas Instruments, Inc.

John Ochsendorf, assistant professor of architecture, has been named to the Class of 1942 Career Development Professorship.

Asuman Ozdaglar, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been selected to hold the Class of 1943 Career Development Professorship.

James Paradis, head of the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, will be the next Robert M. Metcalfe Professor of Writing. The chair was established in 1986 by Metcalfe, Class of '68 and a member of the Corporation. It is located in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and is intended for faculty members of distinction who have a strong commitment to writing instruction.

Rosalind Williams, director of the Program in Science, Technology and Society, has been named to the Bern Dibner Chair in the History of Science and Technology for a five-year term.

Lizhong Zheng, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been chosen for the KDD Career Development Professorship in Communications and Technology. This chair was established in 1983 by the Kokusai Denshin Denwa Co. of Tokyo as part of its 30th anniversary celebration.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 20, 2006 (download PDF).


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