Anantha Chandrakasan: MIT School of Engineering’s New Dean

7/12/2017 3:18:17 PM
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Anantha P Chandrakasan, head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), has been named dean of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) School of Engineering, effective July 1.

Chandrakasan was born in Madras, India and moved to the United States when he was in high school. His passion for academics was fostered by his mother who was a biochemist and Fulbright scholar and with whom he spent time with in the lab. He earned his bachelor’s (1989), master’s (1990), and doctoral (1994) degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley. After joining the MIT faculty, he was the director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) from 2006 until he became the head of EECS in 2011.

Chandrakasan also has a large number of on-campus accomplishments under his belt. He has led a number of initiatives in his six-year run as head of EECS such as the ‘SuperUROP’, ‘Rising Stars’, ‘Postdoc6’ and ‘StartMIT’ and about his plans for MIT as its dean said, “That’s (helping students) what excites me about an administrative job. It’s how I can enhance the student and postdoc experience. I want to create exciting opportunities for them, whether that’s in entrepreneurship, research, or maker activities. One of the key things I plan to do as dean is to connect directly with students.”  He has also received numerous awards such as the 2009 Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award, the 2013 IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits, an honorary doctorate from KU Leuven in 2016, and the UC Berkeley EE Distinguished Alumni Award.

The election of Chandrakasan as dean arrives with high hopes and  MIT President L. Rafael Reif said, “Anantha balances his intellectual creativity and infectious energy with a remarkable ability to deeply listen to, learn from, and integrate other people’s views into a compelling vision. In a time of significant challenges, from new pressures on federal funding to the rising global competition for top engineering talent, I am confident that Anantha will guide the School of Engineering to maintain and enhance its position of leadership. And I believe that in the process he will help make all of MIT stronger, too.”

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