Spring 2014

Staff BioSketches


Dr. Anu Agarwal is a Principal Research Scientist at MIT’s Microphotonics Center. Her work has focused on the technologies for the foundational components of future electronic-photonic chips including polysilicon waveguides, LEDs, couplers, filters, detectors, and optical buffers. Prior to coming to MIT she received her doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University, where she investigated the spatial extent of point defect interactions in silicon. With Dr. Agarwal’s cross-disciplinary training, industrial experience, and background in Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Materials Science, she has successfully connected basic sciences with relevant applications, using integrated devices that are manufacturable on a large scale.
Ivan Chan is a Ph.D student in course 6 who did his undergraduate studies in Engineering Physics at the University of British Columbia in Canada. His research is in long wavelength semiconductor lasers. When not doing research, he enjoys going to the gym, listening to music, and perpetuating stereotypes about Canadians. He grew up in an igloo.
Somak Das is an M.Eng. student interested in computer networks and distributed systems. In his spare time, he keeps up with current events and mentors high school student projects.
Randall Davis (Area II) is a Professor of Computer Science where he and his research group are developing advanced tools that permit natural, sketch-based interaction with software, particularly for computer-aided design and design rationale capture. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth, graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 1970, and received a PhD from Stanford in artificial intelligence in 1976. He joined the MIT faculty in 1978, served for 5 years as Associate Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and for two years as a Research Director of CSAIL. In 2003 he received MIT's Frank E Perkins Award for graduate advising. From 1995-1998 he served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the U. S. Air Force.
He's also very interested in the area of intellectual property and software. In 1990, he served as expert to the Court in Computer Associates v. Altai, a case that produced the abstraction, filtration, comparison test that is now the accepted standard for software copyright infringement determination. He has served as an expert in a variety of other cases, including the Department of Justice investigation of the Inslaw matter, where he investigated allegations of copyright theft and cover-up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Agency, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the United States Customs Service, and the Defense Intelligence Agency. From 1998-2000 he served as the chairman of the National Academy of Sciences study on intellectual property rights and the information infrastructure entitled The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Age. He is thoroughly convinced good communication skills are key to an ability to make a difference in the world, no matter what the focus of your efforts are.
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.


Anurag Kashyap (TA) is an M.Eng. student interested in studying advanced topics in data infrastructure/science and its applications in creating high-quality consumer-oriented tech products. In addition, one of his passions is learning the subtleties of how to present and how one can drastically improve their presentation skills. In his spare time, he loves to read and to play tennis!
Jenny Liu (TA) is an M.Eng student developing models for hospital acquired complications with Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI). Returning to MIT after working on Microsoft Outlook as a Program Manager, she is looking forward to taking BioEECS courses and further exploring her passion in medicine and technology. She loves to play ultimate frisbee and supports women's football. Go USWNT!
Nasro Min-Allah wears many hats: he is associated with MIT CSAIL as a Visiting Scientist; he is Associate Professor and Head of the CS Department at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology; he is the Director at Green computing and Communication Lab. He received his Undergraduate and Master degrees in Electronics and Information Technology in 1998 and 2001 respectively from Quaid-i-Azam University and Hamdaramd University, Pakistan. He obtained a PhD in Real-time & Embedded Systems from the Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (GUCAS), P.R China in 2008.
Dhruv Parthasarathy is a Master's Student in Computer Science. 6.UAT was one of the most valuable classes he took as an MIT undergrad and he can't wait to help others see why. His work at MIT revolves around clustering algorithms (with Professor Shah at LIDS), and helping MIT students learn and teach from each other for free (LearnTo). In his free time he loves rock climbing, playing basketball, and watching soccer! You can reach him at dhruvp@mit.edu
Kate Rudolph (TA) is a senior finishing a double major in courses 6-3 and 18. She loves teaching as much as the algorithms and data structures she studies. She has published an original paper in theoretical math, worked for Five Rings Capital on Wall Street and Palantir in Silicon Valley, and volunteered for Bootstrap, where she tricked middle schoolers into learning algebra by teaching them to program video games in Scheme. Ask her about knitting (or un-knitting) and why waterskiing is better than downhill skiing.
Jeffrey H. Shapiro received the S.B., S.M., E.E., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT. From 1970 to 1973, he was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Sciences and Applied Physics at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. Since 1973 he has been on the faculty at MIT, where he is now the Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering. From 1989 to 1999 he was Associate Head of EECS, and from 2001 to 2011 he was Director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics. His research interests center on the application of communication theory to optical systems, especially those in which quantum effects are paramount. Prof. Shapiro is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Optical Society of America, the American Physical Society, and the Institute of Physics. In 2008, he was a corecipient of the Quantum Electronics Award from the IEEE Photonics Society, and he also received the Quantum Communication Award for Theoretical Research from Tamagawa University, Tokyo, Japan.