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Eight members of the faculty appointed to named professorships

Eight faculty members, including four in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, have been recently appointed to named professorships.

Alice Amsden , a professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, has been named to the Barton L. Wheeler Professorship. The chair was established in the mid-1990s by Wheeler (S.B. 1940).

Dimitri Bertsekas , professor of electrical engineering and computer science is the newest McAfee Professor. The chair was established with a contribution from the Gulf Oil Corp. in honor of Dr. Jerry McAfee, a former chairman and CEO of Gulf who received the Sc.D. in chemical engineering from MIT in 1940.

Sallie W. Chisholm , a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Biology, is the new Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies. The chair was established in 1992 with a gift from the Martin Foundation, Inc., to support research and education related to studies of the environment.

John Sterman , a professor in the Sloan School of Management and director of the MIT System Dynamics Group, has been named the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management. The chair was established in the 1980s by Thomas Watson Jr. to honor MIT computer pioneer Jay Forrester.


Subra Suresh has been named a Ford Professor of Engineering, succeeding the late Professor August Witt. Established in 1962 with a grant from the Ford Foundation, Ford professorships are awarded to engineering faculty members who are recognized as leaders and innovators in their chosen disciplines. The Ford professorships were established in 1962 with a grant from the Ford Foundation.

Anne M. Mayes will be the Toyota Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. Mayes' research aims to create new nanostructured polymeric materials for technological use.

Gerbrand Ceder will be the R. P. Simmons Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. Ceder uses both experimental and computational methods to study first principles computations, predicting the properties of materials from basic physics. His results are used in materials research and design.

W. Craig Carter will be the Lord Foundation Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. Carter applies theoretical and computational materials science to microstructural evolution and the relations between material properties and microstructures.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on December 11, 2002.

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