Indian American Anantha P. Chandrakasan has been named the new
leader of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology's
(MIT) largest academic department.
Chandrakasan, the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of
Electrical Engineering, has been named the next head of the
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS),
Cambridge, Massachusetts-based MIT announced Monday.
He will assume the new role beginning July 1.
Chandrakasan will take over the role previously held by Eric
Grimson, who was named MIT's chancellor in February. EECS is the
largest academic department at MIT; nearly 30 percent of
undergraduates major in the department's programmes.
"As the largest academic department in the School of Engineering,
and at MIT, EECS and its faculty are involved in an exceptional
range of intellectual, educational, and research activities,"
School of Engineering Dean Ian Waitz said in an email to the EECS
"I welcome the new ideas that Anantha will bring to leading EECS
and his dedication as he assumes this role."
Chandrakasan earned his BS (1989), MS (1990) and PhD (1994) in
electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University
of California at Berkeley; he joined the MIT faculty in 1994.
His research interests include micro-power digital and
mixed-signal integrated circuit design, wireless microsensor
system design, portable multimedia devices, and energy efficient
As director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL),
Chandrakasan and his colleagues have conducted microsystems
research in circuits and systems, microelectromechanical systems,
electronic and photonic devices, and molecular and nanotechnology.
Chandrakasan will step down as MTL's director, a position he has
held since 2006.
Chandrakasan and his students have won a range prizes and awards,
and he has been honored with the Semiconductor Industry
Association University Researcher Award (2009), and election as a
Fellow of the IEEE.
He serves as the Conference Chair of the IEEE International
Solid-State Circuits Conference, a position he has held since
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