Faculty named to professorships


A number of faculty members have been appointed to named professorships. All appointments are for three-year terms and became effective July 1 unless otherwise noted.

Assistant Professor Nittai Bergman of the Sloan School of Management has been selected to hold the Class of 1957 Career Development Professorship.

Erik Demaine, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and Kimberly Hamad-Schifferli, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, were selected to be Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Professors. The Edgerton Professorships were established in 1973 by the MIT Corporation to honor the late Professor Edgerton and his wife.

Assistant Professor Andrew D. Endy of biological engineering was named to the Thomas D. and Virginia W. Cabot Career Development Professorship. This is one of two chairs established by the Cabots in the fields of engineering and molecular or cellular biology.

Assistant Professor Daniel Frey of mechanical engineering has been named to the Robert N. Noyce Career Development Professorship.

John D.E. Gabrieli, professor of brain and cognitive sciences, was appointed to the Grover Hermann Professorship in Health Sciences and Technology, for a five-year renewable term. This chair was established in 1977 by the Grover Hermann Foundation.

Scott Hughes, assistant professor of physics, was named to the Class of 1956 Career Development Professorship. The Class of 1956 established this chair in celebration of its 25th reunion.

Hiroshi Ishii, associate professor of media arts and sciences, and Gareth H. McKinley, professor of mechanical engineering, have been named to two-year terms as Class of 1960 Fellows.

Noel B. Jackson, associate professor of literature, is the next holder of the Homer A. Burnell Career Development Professorship. The chair was established from the bequest of Burnell (S.B. 1928) to support a junior faculty member.

David Jones, assistant professor of science, technology and society, was appointed to the Leo Marx Career Development Professorship in the History and Culture of Science and Technology. The professorship honors MIT Professor Emeritus Leo Marx, who has taught in the STS program for many years.

Roger Dale Kamm, professor of mechanical engineering and biological engineering, is the next holder of the Germeshausen Professorship for a five-year renewable term. Kenneth Germeshausen and his wife established this chair in 1968 "to support MIT's strong interest in combining humanitarian advance with technological progress." Germeshausen was a member of the MIT Class of 1931 and one of the founders of EG&G Inc.

Professor Monty Krieger of biology is the next Whitehead Professor for a five-year renewable term.

Ernest J. Moniz, professor of physics, is the next holder of the Cecil and Ida Green Distinguished Professorship for a five-year renewable term. This chair was established in 1991 by a generous bequest from the estate of Ida Green.

Christopher Moore, assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences, and Forest White, assistant professor of biological engineering, were named to the Mitsui Career Development Professorships. The Mitsui Chairs were established in 1980 through the generosity of the Mitsui Group, one of the oldest and largest industrial organizations in Japan.

Assistant Professor Thomas Peacock of mechanical engineering is the next holder of the Atlantic Richfield Career Development Professorship in Energy Studies. The chair, which was established in 1980 by a grant from the Atlantic Richfield Foundation, was the first endowed chair at MIT specifically designated to support teaching and research related to energy.

Assistant Professor Sugata Roychowdhury of the Sloan School of Management is the next holder of the Theodore T. Miller Career Development Professorship. This chair was established by bequest of Miller, a member of the MIT Class of 1922.

David Sabatini, assistant professor of biology, was appointed to the Howard S. and Linda B. Stern Career Development Professorship.

Lawrence Sass, assistant professor of architecture, is the next Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Professor. This chair was established by the late Cecil Green and his wife, who were longtime friends and generous benefactors of MIT. Cecil Green was a member of the class of 1923 and founder of Texas Instruments Inc.

Assistant Professor Thomas Schwartz of biology will hold the Pfizer-Laubach Career Development Professorship. The Pfizer-Laubach Chair was established by Pfizer to honor Dr. Gerald D. Laubach, MIT alumnus and former president of Pfizer Inc.

Charity Scribner, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, was appointed to the Class of 1954 Career Development Professorship. The Class of 1954 established this chair in celebration of its 40th reunion.

Professor Timothy M. Swager of chemistry has been selected as a John D. MacArthur Professor for a five-year, renewable term. This chair was established in 1981 by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Edward Baron Turk, professor of foreign languages and literatures, was appointed to the John E. Burchard Professorship for a five-year renewable term. This chair was established by the Arthur J. Conner Trust and named for Burchard (S.B. 1923), the first dean of the School of Humanities.

Assistant Professor Troy van Voorhis of chemistry is the next holder of the Paul M. Cook Career Development Professorship. This chair was established with a generous contribution from Cook, who earned a degree in chemical engineering in 1947, to support a junior faculty member with a strong interest in materials and chemical sciences.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 2, 2005 (download PDF).


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