The Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has named Luca Daniel, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Jing Kong, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, to receive 2008 Jonathan Allen Junior Faculty Awards.
Professor Daniel’s research interests include parameterized model order reduction of linear and nonlinear dynamical systems; mixed-signal, RF and mm-wave circuit design and robust optimization; power electronics, MEMs design and fabrication; parasitic extraction and accelerated integral equation solvers. He received the Laurea degree summa cum laude in Electronic Engineering from the Universita di Padova, Italy, in 1996, and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2003. Professor Daniel joined RLE and the MIT faculty in 2003.
Professor Kong’s research interests focus on the problem of combining the synthesis and fabrication of individual carbon nanotubes, and integrating them into electrical circuits. Applications of her research include the use of carbon nanotubes as extremely sensitive chemical sensors to detect toxic gases. She received the B.S in chemistry from Peking University in 1997 and the Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University in 2002. Professor Kong joined RLE and the MIT faculty 2004.
Jeffrey H. Shapiro, Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering and RLE Director, said, “Professors Daniel and Kong are superb examples of the new generation of RLE faculty who are pushing the boundaries of our understanding of nature and our ability to apply that understanding to important human problems. I am delighted that the Allen Award can provide additional support at an especially exciting point in their MIT faculty careers.”
The award is named in honor of Jonathan Allen, Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Professor Allen was the sixth Director RLE, and served in that capacity until his death in 2000. Professor Collin M. Stultz was the 2007 recipient of the Allen Award.