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Daniel and Kong faculty promotions announced in EECS

March 20, 2015


Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) head Anantha Chandrakasan and associate department heads Bill Freeman, Silvio Micali, and David Perreault announced in February the promotions of eight faculty members in the department. Among those named were MTL core faculty members Luca Daniel and Jing Kong. The promotions are effective July 1.

Luca Daniel works on computational techniques for modeling and design of complex systems, including for microsystems (for example, integrated circuit modeling and design) and biomedical applications (electromagnetic analysis for magnetic resonance imaging, for example). His research encompasses the development of computationally-efficient integral equations solvers (e.g., "field solvers"), parameterized model-order reduction techniques and methods for uncertainty quantification, and their embodiment in useful software tools. His work has been widely recognized, most recently with a 2014 best-paper award from the IEEE Transactions on Computer Aided Design, and he is having tremendous practical impact in applications such as rapid electromagnetic field prediction for MRI scanners. He has also made key educational contributions, including heavily updating and expanding the content of MIT's flagship class on numerical simulation, 6.336J (Introduction to Numerical Simulation) and working with colleagues to revamp the department's undergraduate header course 6.013 (Electromagnetics and Applications).

Jing Kong is an expert on the synthesis of low-dimensionality (1-D and 2-D) materials using chemical vapor deposition (CVD). For example, her widely-cited work at MIT on CVD growth of single- and few-layer graphene films is considered foundational, and has led to the ability to grow large-area high-quality graphene films and transfer them onto arbitrary substrates, assisting the explosive growth in the field. She is making similarly important contributions to CVD synthesis of few-layer hexagonal boron nitride and transition-metal dichalcogenides such as molybdenum disulfide. Moreover, through extensive collaborations, she is having substantial impact on the engineering application of these new materials in many kinds of systems. Kong is also a highly dedicated teacher who is liked by students and colleagues alike, and has contributed to the new undergraduate / graduate class 6.096 / 6.975 (Introduction to Nanoelectronics), and created a new graduate-level class, 6.976 (Science, Technology and Applications of Carbon Nanoelectronics).

--Patricia Sampson, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 3/19/2015

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