Five from MIT elected fellows of the American Physical Society

Five MIT faculty members are among the 200-plus new fellows of the American Physical Society (APS), an organization dedicated to the advancement of physics.

The new fellows are:

  • Triantaphyllos Akylas, professor of mechanical engineering. Akylas was cited for "elegant and insightful theoretical investigations of nonlinear surface and internal gravity wave phenomena."
  • Isaac Chuang, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science, for "his breadth and leadership in the field of quantum information science, including important theoretical discoveries and the exploration of experimental implementations."
  • Jan Egedal-Pedersen, an associate professor of physics, for "pioneering contributions to understanding of driven and spontaneous magnetic reconnection in laboratory and space plasmas and the fundamental role played by trapped electrons."
  • David Kaiser, associate professor in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society and a lecturer in the Department of Physics. Kaiser was cited for "his outstanding publications that combine technical mastery of twentieth-century physics with a deep knowledge of recent developments in the history, philosophy, and sociology of science." (read more)
  • Nergis Mavalvala, a professor of physics, for "her contributions to the design and commissioning of LIGO, and for experimental exploration of the fundamental quantum limits of interferometric gravitational wave interferometers."

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Topics: Awards, honors and fellowships, Faculty, Physics, Technology and society, History, Humanities, Computer science and technology, Electrical engineering and electronics, Mechanical engineering


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