The Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has named Vladimir Stojanovic and Mehmet Fatih Yanik, both Associate Professors of Electrical Engineering, and Martin Zwierlein, Assistant Professor of Physics, to receive 2010 Jonathan Allen Junior Faculty Awards.
Professor Stojanovic’s current research interests focus on several key design aspects of modern integrated systems. His group in RLE works on building cutting edge, energy-efficient integrated systems through vertical optimization encompassing communications and signal processing algorithms and architectures, and digital and mixed-signal circuits. He received the Dipl.Ing. from the University of Belgrade in 1998, the M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2000 and 2005 respectively. From 1999 to 2004, he was Principal Engineer in the Logic Interface Division of Rambus, Inc. before joining the RLE and the MIT faculty in 2005.
Professor Yanik’s current research interests focus on development and applications of high-throughput technologies for probing and engineering neural processes. His group in RLE studies both in vivo and in vitro neural regeneration and complex wiring of central nerveous system using femtosecond laser nano-surgery and on-chip multi-photon imaging as well as microfluidic in vitro and in vivo high-throughput screening technologies. He received his B.S. and M.S. at MIT in Engineering and Physics in 2000, and Ph.D. as Stanford Applied Physics Fellow in 2006. He completed postdoctoral work in Stanford Bioengineering and Neurosurgery with Steve Quake and Theo Palmer before joining the RLE and MIT faculty.
Professor Zwierlein’s current research interests focus on ultracold gases near absolute zero temperature. A major goal in his group in RLE is to use these gases as model systems for strongly interacting quantum matter, from high-Tc superconductors to neutron stars. He received his Licence, Maîtrise, Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies de Physique Théorique from the Ecole Normale Supérieure 2002 and his Ph.D. from MIT in 2006 before joining the RLE and MIT faculty in 2007.
Jeffrey H. Shapiro, Director of RLE and Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering, said, “Professors Stojanovic, Yanik and Zwierlein represent another generation of superb RLE junior faculty who are pushing the boundaries of our understanding of nature, and who are leaders in both the research and educational missions of MIT. I am delighted that the Allen Award can provide crucial support at an especially exciting point in their 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. Previous recipients of the award are Professors Collin M. Stultz, Luca Daniel, and Jing Kong.