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Indian American Anantha P. Chandrakasan is new Dean, MIT’s School of Engineering

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NEW YORK – Anantha P. Chandrakasan, who has won fame across the world for his path-breaking work on making electronic circuits more energy efficient, has reportedly been appointed the dean of MIT’s School of engineering. Chandrakasan has been working as the Vannevar Bush Professor and head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS).

Anantha P. Chandrakasan is a renowned name in the field and has led the department to new height during his stint as the head of the department over the last six years.

Chandrakasan, will reportedly take the place of Ian A. Waitz, the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Waitz is all set to take over as the MIT’s vice chancellor.

Reports suggest that during his six-year tenure as head of MIT’s largest academic department, Chandrakasan made numerous improvements and made the department among the best in the world. Anantha P. Chandrakasan received the B.S, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989, 1990, and 1994 respectively. Since September 1994, he has been with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, where he is currently the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

He is a luminary in the field and is a recipient of awards including the 2009 Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award, the 2013 IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits, an honorary doctorate from KU Leuven in 2016, and the UC Berkeley EE Distinguished Alumni Award. He was also recognized as the author with the highest number of publications in the 60-year history of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), the foremost global forum for presentation of advances in solid-state circuits and systems-on-a-chip. A fellow of IEEE, in 2015 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Chandrakasan leads the MIT Energy-Efficient Circuits and Systems Group, whose research projects have addressed security hardware, energy harvesting, and wireless charging for the internet of things; energy-efficient circuits and systems for multimedia processing; and platforms for ultra-low-power biomedical electronics. He is a co-author of Low Power Digital CMOS Design (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995), Digital Integrated Circuits (Pearson Prentice-Hall, 2003, 2nd edition), and Sub-threshold Design for Ultra-Low Power Systems (Springer 2006).

Chandrakasan is an IEEE Fellow. He has served in various roles for the IEEE ISSCC including Program Chair, Signal Processing Sub-committee Chair, and Technology Directions Sub-committee Chair. He has been the Conference Chair of ISSCC since 2010. He was the Director of the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratories from 2006 to 2011. From July 2011 through June 2017, he served as the the Head of the MIT EECS Department. He is currently the dean of MIT’s School of Engineering.

MIT President L. Rafael Reif while praising the genius that Chandrakasan is, said, “Anantha balances his intellectual creativity and infectious energy with a remarkable ability to deeply listen to, learn from, and integrate other people’s views into a compelling vision…In a time of significant challenges, from new pressures on federal funding to the rising global competition for top engineering talent, I am confident that Anantha will guide the School of Engineering to maintain and enhance its position of leadership. And I believe that in the process he will help make all of MIT stronger, too.”

Born in Chennai, India, Chandrakasan moved to the United States while in high school. His mother was a biochemist and Fulbright scholar, and he enjoyed spending time in her lab where she conducted research on collagen. He lives in Belmont, Massachusetts, with his wife and three children, the oldest of whom graduated from MIT this year.

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