Vladimir Bulović, professor of electrical engineering and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, has been named director of MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL). He will assume the position Oct. 1.
Bulović replaces Anantha Chandrakasan, the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering, who became head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in July.
MTL is an interdepartmental laboratory that supports microsystems research encompassing work in circuits and systems, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), electronic and photonic devices, and molecular and nanotechnology. Annually, MTL supports 550 students and staff who are sponsored by contracted research of more than $40 million.
In an email to the community, School of Engineering Dean Ian Waitz said he looked forward to Bulović’s “creativity and energy in the coming years” as he assumes the leadership of MTL’s 35 core faculty members and 100 research affiliates.
Bulović currently leads the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics Laboratory, co-directs the MIT-ENI Solar Frontiers Center, and is the co-head of the MIT Energy Studies Program. His research interests include studies of physical properties of organic and organic/inorganic nanocrystal composite thin films and structures and the development of novel nanostructured optoelectronic devices.
He is an author of more than 120 research articles and holds 48 U.S. patents in areas of light-emitting diodes, lasers, photovoltaics, photodetectors, chemical sensors, programmable memories and micro-electro machines, the majority of which have been licensed and are being utilized by both startup and multinational companies. Bulović and his students have founded two startup companies that employ more than 120 people: QD Vision Inc., which is focused on development of quantum-dot optolectronics; and Kateeva Inc., which focuses on the development of printed organic electronics.
Bulović received his MS from Columbia University in 1993 and his PhD from Princeton University in 1998. He is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the National Science Foundation Career Award, the Ruth and Joel Spira Award, the Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society Award and the Bose Award for Distinguished Teaching, and was named to the Technology Review TR100 list. In 2009, he was awarded the Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellowship, one of MIT's highest undergraduate teaching honors.