Boston: Indian-origin academician Anantha
Chandrakasan has been named head of MIT`s Department of
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), the
largest academic department at the prestigious American
Chandrakasan, the Joseph F and Nancy P Keithley Professor
of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT), will assume his new role beginning July 1.
He will take over from Eric Grimson, who was named MIT`s
chancellor in February.
EECS is the largest academic department at MIT. Nearly 30
per cent of undergraduates at the institute major in the
"As the largest academic department in the School of
Engineering, and at MIT, EECS and its faculty are involved in
an exceptional range of intellectual, educational and research
activities," School of Engineering Dean Ian Waitz said.
"I welcome the new ideas that Anantha will bring to
leading EECS and his dedication as he assumes this role," he
said in a statement.
Chandrakasan earned his BS, MS and PhD in electrical
engineering and computer sciences from the University of
California at Berkeley.
He joined the MIT faculty in 1994.
His research interests include micro-power digital and
mixed-signal integrated circuit design, wireless microsensor
system design, portable multimedia devices and energy
As director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories
(MTL) at MIT, a position he has held since 2006, Chandrakasan
and his colleagues have conducted microsystems research in
circuits and systems, microelectromechanical systems,
electronic and photonic devices as well as molecular and
Chandrakasan has been honoured with the Semiconductor
Industry Association University Researcher Award (2009), and
has been elected as a Fellow of the IEEE.