Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan and Associate Department Heads David Perreault and Bill Freeman announced the promotions of Professor Collin Stultz to the rank of Full Professor, and of Professor Timothy Lu to the rank of Associate Professor without Tenure, effective July 1, 2014.
Department of Materials Science and Engineering Department Head Christopher A. Schuh announced Professor Jeffrey Grossman’s promotion to Full Professor, also effective July 1, 2014.
Congratulations to all!
A leader in his field, Prof. Collin Stultz uses techniques drawn from computational chemistry, signal processing and biochemistry to study the molecular mechanisms underlying human disease pathogenesis. Through computer modeling, he has developed a paradigm-shifting framework for understanding how collagen is degraded, implicated in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer. He uses Bayesian methods to characterize the conformations of intrinsically disordered proteins, known to play a central role in neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Among his honors are being a recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in Biomedical Sciences and the James Tolbert Shipley Prize. A practicing cardiologist, he leads the biomedical area of EECS, and co-developed 6.S02, Introduction to EECS II from a Medical Technology Perspective.
Prof. Timothy K. Lu is a rising star in the field of synthetic biology. His contributions to synthetic biology include the development of integrated digital logic, memory, and analog computation in living cells, and the translation of engineered virus technology for next-generation bacteriophage for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Prof. Lu is the winner of many prestigious awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) 2012, and was named to the “Top Young Innovators under 35” list by Technology Review, 2010. Prof. Lu is an excellent teacher who is making great contributions to our curriculum through the development of a major lab-oriented course in synthetic biology.
Prof. Jeffrey Grossman leads a research group that develops and applies a wide range of theory and simulation techniques to gain fundamental understanding, develop new insights based on this understanding, and then use these insights to design new materials for energy conversion and storage with improved properties working closely with experimental groups at each step. Recently, Prof. Grossman launched his own experimental Lab to complement the modeling work. He has published more than 90 scientific papers on the topics of solar photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, hydrogen storage, solar fuels, nanotechnology, and self-assembly. He has appeared on a number of television shows to discuss new materials for energy including the Fred Friendly PBS series and the Ecopolis program on the Discovery Channel. He holds 11 current or pending U.S. patents.