RLE News Articles

David E. Pritchard Appointed Associate Director of RLE

Succeeds Daniel Kleppner in post

For Immediate Release
MONDAY, 1 July 2003
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CAMBRIDGE, MA. 07.01.2003

Jeffrey H. Shapiro, Director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering, has appointed Professor David E. Pritchard to succeed Professor Daniel Kleppner as an Associate Director of RLE. Professor Pritchard joins Professor Shapiro and Professor Jacob K. White, RLE’s other Associate Director, to form the Laboratory’s intellectual leadership.

Professor Pritchard is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics. Among his many research achievements in RLE are the pioneering of atom interferometry, the invention of the widely used magneto-optical atom trap, and the development of the world’s most accurate mass spectrometer. Professor Pritchard is also deeply engaged in educational innovation through his creation of CyberTutor, a Web-based system which attempts to reproduce the effect of a master teacher interacting one-on-one with each student.

Professor Pritchard is a member of the National Academy of Science, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Optical Society of America.

Professor Kleppner, the Lester Wolfe Professor of Physics, was Associate Director of RLE since 1987, and Interim Director of the Laboratory from April 2000 through January 2001. Professor Kleppner will continue to be active in atomic physics research in RLE and will retain his position as Director of the National Science Foundation MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms.

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