Research Council

Purpose

The purpose of the Council is to bring together the research laboratory and center community to work on issues of research policy, opportunities for new initiatives and the evolution and needs for a prosperous and productive research environment at MIT. The meetings will be used to address issues of common interest to the research community and to communicate, through the work of the council, to the Offices of the VP for Research and the Provost.  

We are proud of the diverse environment created by our laboratories and centers. Sometimes the structure is portrayed as a matrix, with the departments being the columns and the lab and center being the rows. Through the Research Council, we strive to enhance the communication between the rows of the matrix to enable laboratories having compatible areas of expertise to ease the seamless interaction across laboratory and center boundaries. We also aim to better articulate our unified values within MIT and the outside world.

Meetings

The council will meet at least twice per year.

Leadership

The Vice President for Research (Maria Zuber) will chair the Council.

Membership

The council will be comprised of the leaders of the major laboratories and centers on campus.

Name

Title

Affiliation

Robert Armstrong

Director

MIT Energy Initiative

Jesus del Alamo

Director

Microsystems Technology Laboratories

Marc Baldo

Director

Research Laboratory for Electronics 

Robert Desimone

Director

McGovern Institute for Brain Research

John Essigmann

Director

Center for Environmental Health Sciences

Jackie Hewitt

Director

Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research

Joichi Ito

Director

Media Laboratory

Tyler Jacks

Director

Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research

John Joannopoulos

Director

Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies

Michael Rubner

Director

Center for Materials Science and Engineering

Daniela Rus

Director

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Carl Thompson

Director

Materials Processing Center

Li-Huei Tsai

Director

Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

Dennis Whyte

Director

Plasma Science and Fusion Center

Boleslaw Wyslouch

Director

Laboratory for Nuclear Science

Staff to the Council

Michelle Christy

Director

Office of Sponsored Programs

Ron Hasseltine

Asst. Prov.

Office of the VP for Research