MIT names Microsystems Technology Lab leader

September 29, 2011 — Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) named Vladimir Bulović as director of MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL). Bulović is a professor of electrical engineering and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow.

Beginning October 1st, Bulović will replace current director Anantha Chandrakasan, the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering. Chandrakasan became head of MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in July.

MTL is an interdepartmental laboratory that supports microsystems research encompassing work in circuits and systems, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), electronic and photonic devices, and molecular and nanotechnology. Annually, MTL supports 550 students and staff who are sponsored by contracted research of more than $40 million. MTL has 35 core faculty members and 100 research affiliates.

Bulović currently leads the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics Laboratory, co-directs the MIT-ENI Solar Frontiers Center, and is the co-head of the MIT Energy Studies Program. He researches physical properties of organic and organic/inorganic nanocrystal composite thin films and structures and novel nanostructured optoelectronic devices.

Bulović has authored more than 120 research articles and holds 48 US patents in areas of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), lasers, photovoltaics (PV), photodetectors, chemical sensors, programmable memories and micro-electro machines. Bulović and his students have founded two startup companies that employ more than 120 people: QD Vision Inc., which is focused on development of quantum-dot optolectronics; and Kateeva Inc., which focuses on the development of printed organic electronics.

Bulović received his MS from Columbia University in 1993 and his PhD from Princeton University in 1998. He is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the National Science Foundation Career Award, the Ruth and Joel Spira Award, the Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society Award and the Bose Award for Distinguished Teaching, and was named to the Technology Review TR100 list. In 2009, he was awarded the Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellowship, one of MIT’s highest undergraduate teaching honors.

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