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Four Faculty in RLE to be Promoted

The Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announces that four Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) faculty and one Biological Engineering Division (BED) professor in RLE will be promoted in July 2006.

Professor Dennis M. Freeman will be promoted to Professor of Electrical Engineering. He directs the RLE Micromechanics Group and conducts collaborative research in the RLE Auditory Physiology Group. He received his B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1973, and his S.M. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from MIT in 1976 and 1986 respectively. Professor Freeman pioneered a new optical paradigm for semiconductor critical dimension (CD) metrology called Synthetic Aperture Metrology (SAM). SAM combines the speed of optical methods with the microscope imaging capability of CD scanning electron microscopy (CD-SEM). Professor Freeman also is involved in developing instrumentation that visualizes the microscopic motion of biological and synthetic structures.

Professor Marc A. Baldo will be promoted to Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. He directs the RLE Soft Semiconductor Group and conducts collaborative research in RLE’s Laboratory of Organic Optics and Electronics. Professor Baldo received his B. Eng. (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Sydney in 1995 with first class honors and university medal, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton in 1998 and 2001, respectively. In 2002 he joined MIT as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. In 2004, he was appointed Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. Professor Baldo’s research interests include molecular electronics, soft semiconductors, electrical and exciton transport in organic materials, energy transfer, metal-organic contacts, heterogeneous integration of biological materials, and novel organic transistors.

Professor Jongyoon Han will be promoted to Karl Van Tassel Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Associate Professor of Biological Engineering. He directs the RLE Micro / Nanofluidic BioMEMS Group. He received the B.S. degree in the department of physics of Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in 1992. He received the M.S. degree in physics from the same department in 1994. Professor Han received his Ph.D. in applied and engineering physics from Cornell University in 2001. Before joining MIT as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in July 2002, he was a research scientist at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA where he studied protein microfluidic separation systems. In 2003, he received a second MIT faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering, and in 2004 he was appointed Karl Van Tassel Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. Professor Han’s current research interests revolve around the application of micro and nanofabrication technology to various fundamental biology problems, including the separation and analysis of biomolecules.

Professor Joel Voldman will be promoted to NBX Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. He directs the RLE Biological Microtechnology and BioMEMS Group. He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1995. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT in 1997 and 2001, respectively. Professor Voldman performed postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School before joining the MIT faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2002. He was appointed NBX Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in 2004. Professor Voldman’s current research interests focus on BioMEMS, applying microfabrication technology to illuminate biological systems, especially at the cellular level.

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Freeman Biography

Baldo Biography

Han Biography

Voldman Biography

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Biological Engineering Division