Saurabh Amin and Sertac Karaman

Saurabh Amin and Sertac Karaman awarded tenure

June 5, 2019

The School of Engineering has announced that 17 members of its faculty have been granted tenure by MIT.

“The tenured faculty in this year’s cohort are a true inspiration,” said Anantha Chandrakasan, dean of the School of Engineering. “They have shown exceptional dedication to research and teaching, and their innovative work has greatly advanced their fields.”

This year’s newly tenured associate professors include Saurabh Amin, an affiliate member of both IDSS and the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), and LIDS alum and IDSS/LIDS faculty member Sertac Karaman.

Saurabh Amin, an IDSS and LIDS affiliate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, focuses on the design and implementation of network inspection and control algorithms for improving the resilience of large-scale critical infrastructures, such as transportation systems and water and energy distribution networks, against cyber-physical security attacks and natural events.

Sertac Karaman, a core faculty member of both IDSS and LIDS, is the Class of 1948 Career Development Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Karaman studies robotics, control theory, and the application of probability theory, stochastic processes, and optimization for cyber-physical systems such as driverless cars and drones.

“Saurabh and Sertac are exceptionally accomplished as both scholars and teachers, and are a wonderful part of the LIDS community,” said John Tsitsiklis, Clarence J. Lebel Professor of Electrical Engineering and director of LIDS. “It has been a special privilege to see Sertac’s successes from his student days to now, and I know that both will continue to make seminal contributions in their fields.”

IDSS also congratulates Aleksander Mądry, an affiliate with the Statistics and Data Science Center and professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Madry investigates topics ranging from developing new algorithms using continuous optimization, to combining theoretical and empirical insights, to building a more principled and thorough understanding of key machine learning tools. A major theme of his research is rethinking machine learning from the perspective of security and robustness.

A complete list of 2019 tenured faculty from the MIT School of Engineering is available on MIT News.

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