Succeeds Grimson as leader of MIT’s largest academic department

Anantha P. Chandrakasan, the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering, has been named the next head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). He will assume the new role beginning July 1.

Chandrakasan will take over the role previously held by Eric Grimson, who was named MIT’s chancellor in February. EECS is the largest academic department at MIT; nearly 30 percent of undergraduates major in the department’s programs.

“As the largest academic department in the School of Engineering, and at MIT, EECS and its faculty are involved in an exceptional range of intellectual, educational, and research activities,” School of Engineering Dean Ian Waitz said today (June 13) in an email to the EECS community. “I welcome the new ideas that Anantha will bring to leading EECS and his dedication as he assumes this role.”

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