Fall 2015

Staff BioSketches

Marc Baldo is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Associate Director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics, and the Director of the Center for Excitonics, a Department of Energy supported Energy Frontier Research Center. Marc received his B.Eng. from the University of Sydney in 1995 with first class honors and university medal. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2001, where he helped develop phosphorescent organic light emitting devices - now the efficiency standard for organic displays and solid state lighting. He has been at MIT since 2002. At MIT he has worked on organic solar cells, fundamental improvements to the efficiency of organic light emitting devices, luminescent solar concentrators, and singlet exciton fission. Awards include the Discover Magazine top 100 for 2008, and the 2013 Jan Rajchman Prize from the Society for Information Display for his outstanding contributions to the discovery of phosphorescent OLED devices.
Alex Chumbley is a senior in course 6, soon to be in the MEng program. He works in the Software Design Group in CSAIL on newer and better ways to design systems. Exciting stuff. A huge fan of making all kinds of apps and then talking about them, he highly recommends both 6.UAT and 6.170.
A member of LCA, Alex is a diehard Falcons fan, an average dresser, and a huge - though hopeless - fan of karaoke.
Francis Chen is a recent MIT graduate (Class of 2015, 6-3) and current M.Eng. student. His thesis will involve building neurologically plausible models of the human vision system, working with Professor Tomaso Poggio. He enjoys engineering (machine learning, UX design), art (music, cooking), and various other activities (running, sailing, and things involving adrenaline).
Tony Eng(Area II) finished his degrees at MIT and is now a Senior Lecturer in EECS. He has been involved with 6.001 (Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs) for a number of years, and now heads 6.UAT. He has also various other courses in entrepreneurship and oral communication. His background (Computer Science, Biology, and Math), and his previous areas of research (Networking, Cryptography, Computation and Biology, and Text Mining) are symptomatic of an individual who gets bored easily. He has a passion for learning about and trying new things; an explorer and dilettante at heart, he'll try most things twice.

Professor Martha Gray first came to MIT in 1978 as a graduate student in HST and EECS, and is now the J.W. Kieckhefer Prof. in HST and EECS. She has held many positions over the years, including 13+ years as Director of HST. She has taught many of the entry-level courses in EECS, as well as medical school subjects for HST. She has a long-standing research interest in arthritis and in developing multi-disciplinary organizations. The latter interest has grown to involve multiple international projects. She lives in Arlington with her husband (a boatbuilder), and three teenage children.
Leslie Kolodziejski (Faculty Chair for Areas IV and V) is the principal investigator for the Integrated Photonic Devices and Materials Group within the Research Laboratory of Electronics. Professor Kolodziejski joined EECS at MIT in 1988 as Assistant Professor following two years as Assistant Professor at Purdue University. She obtained all of her education from Purdue: a BS in 1983 and a MS in 1984 in Materials Science, and a PhD in 1986 in Electrical Engineering, Her research interests include: compound semiconductor materials, novel heterostructures, devices and device physics, heteroepitaxial growth processes and advanced fabrication technology, optoelectronic and photonic devices. She supervises two research labs located in Bldgs. 38 and 36 using molecular beam and ion beam deposition techniques to layer materials atom-by-atom. After work, Leslie very much enjoys the twists and turns, ups and downs of raising her 9 year old son and 7 year old daughter.
Joel Moses is an Institute Professor, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Professor of Engineering Systems. He is the developer of the MACSYMA system for computer algebra, which preceded Maple and Mathematica. He co-developed the Knowledge Based System concept in AI. He was head of the EECS Department, dean of engineering, and Provost at MIT. Most recently he was acting director of the Engineering Systems Division. His current interests are in understanding the role of architecture, complexity and flexibility in large scale engineered systems and human organizations.
Emily Zhang is doing her M.Eng under Prof. Michael Cuthbert in computational musicology. She is working on creating data structures to represent "music", which can then be used to solve some of musicology's biggest questions (e.g. "Did composer X write this, or did his apprentice?"). When not in class, you can usually find her cooking and feeding other people, at the gym, or in the World Music Room. Talk to her in English, Chinese, Spanish, or Russian, or write to her in Latin.