Our Faculty

In alphabetical order

Bhaskar Pant

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MIT PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Bhaskar Pant is the executive director of MIT Professional education, the branch of MIT that provides technology professionals access to MIT knowledge. Under his direction, the MIT Professional Education offering has grown considerably, as have corporate relationships and its global reach, as professionals from more than 120 different countries participate in the classroom, internationals and, recently, also in those launched in online and mixed formats. The courses, which cover such cutting-edge areas as big data, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT), combined with other professional development courses in the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship, have benefited thousands of professionals worldwide.

Mr. Pant was part of the “The Future of Education at MIT” team, created by the MIT President, and contributed specifically to the work of the subcommittee that was responsible for “opening the doors of MIT to the world”. Building on Mr. Pant’s initiative, whose objective was to expand globally, MIT Professional Education offers short programs in an increasing number of regions in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe. Prior to joining MIT, Mr. Pant held important leadership positions in education and corporate companies around the world.

PROGRAMS: Cultural Awareness

“At MIT Professional Education we strive to make our knowledge available to as many people as possible, from anywhere in the world, with different experiences”

Dr. Anthony is director of the MIT Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Program, co-director of the Medical Electronic Device Realization Center and deputy director of the MIT Skoltech Initiative. He possesses more than 20 years of product realization experience and has won an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his innovations in broadcast technology. Dr. Anthony designs instruments and techniques to monitor and control physical systems. His work involves the analysis and the design of systems. He also uses mechanical, electrical and optical engineering as well as computer science and optimization to develop solutions.

Dr. Anthony´s research revolves around the design of instruments and techniques for measuring and controlling complex physical systems and includes the development of instruments and measurement solutions for manufacturing, medical diagnostics, and imaging diagnostics. In addition to his academic work, he has extensive experience in market-driven technological innovation, product development and entrepreneurship, and marketing at the point where information technology and advanced manufacturing come into contact. As a teacher, his main interests are the modeling of large-scale systems in a variety of areas involving decision making and the development of optimization algorithms and software useful for analyzing and designing these types of systems. He is an expert in market-driven technological innovations, as well as in entrepreneurship.

PROGRAMS: Beyond IoT · Smart Manufacturing

“Using technology to streamline the manufacturing process allows us to offer better products on the market, faster and more economically”

Dr. Brian W. Anthony

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF MIT.NANO

Dr. Bruce Cameron

DIRECTOR OF MIT SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE LAB

Dr. Bruce Cameron is director of the System Architecture Lab at MIT and co-founder of the consulting firm Technology Strategy Partners. His areas of research include technology strategy, system architecture and product platform management. Previously, Dr. Cameron led the “MIT Commonality”, a research study of 30 companies on platform performance, which concluded that companies face systemic pressure on homogeneity, in part, as a result of problems in determining costs. Dr. Cameron has supervised more than 50 graduate students and conducted research projects for Amazon, BP, Sikorsky, Nokia, Caterpillar, AMGEN, Verizon and NASA.

Dr. Cameron teaches the subject of System Architecture for the “System Design and Management”, where he has trained over 500 students. Dr. Cameron´s teaching at Sloan Executive Education has been rated as the highest level of Executive Education program at MIT for several years. In addition, he is the Faculty Director of MIT´s online certificate “Architecture and System Engineering”, which has trained more than 5,300 participants.

PROGRAMS: Designing Product Families

Olivier de Weck was born in Switzerland and has a degree in industrial engineering from the ETH Zurich and in aerospace systems engineering from MIT. Prior to joining MIT, he was an engineering liaison and later director of the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 aircraft engineering program.

Professor De Weck is a leader in systems engineering research. He focuses on the design of complex man-made systems, such as aircraft, spacecraft, cars, printers and critical infrastructure, and on their evolution. His main focus is on strategic properties that have the potential to maximize life cycle value. Since 2001, his group has developed new methods and quantitative tools that explicitly consider production, flexibility, common features and sustainability, among other characteristics. Professor De Weck’s teaching emphasizes excellence, innovation, and the combination of theory and practice.

PROGRAMS: Designing Product Families · Management of Technology

“The design of platforms and product families is aimed at achieving long-term success and survival of companies”

Prof. Olivier de Weck

PROFESSOR OF AERONAUTICS, ASTRONAUTICS AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING AT MIT

Prof. John E. Fernández

DIRECTOR OF MIT ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS INITIATIVE AND PROFESSOR OF MIT PROGRAM IN BUILDING TECHNOLOGY

Professor Fernández is first and foremost a practicing architect who has designed more than 2.5 million square feet of new construction in major cities around the world including New York City, Tokyo, and Shanghai.

His work in sustainability began with research regarding materials for high performance buildings, low energy residence, and urbanization.

He founded the MIT Urban Metabolism Group in order to focus his research on the resource intensity of cities as well as on design and technology pathways for future urbanization, taking part in projects across four continents.

Being an entrepreneur, John E Fernández is also a member of more than 15 organizations, groups, or task forces, the most prestigious of which being his role on the Board of Directors of the Building Envelope Technology and Environmental Council of the National Institute of Building Science; New Ecology, Inc; and the Center for Sustainable Energy of the Fraunhofer Institute.

He is also a proud author of two books and numerous articles in scientific and design journals, as well as a speaker for conferences and symposia around the world.

PROGRAMS: Sustainability

David Niño teaches in the Bernard M. Gordon Engineering Leadership Program at MIT. Previously, he was Professor of Engineering Leadership Practice and Management at Rice University. During this tenure, he led the creation of the first four-year certificate in engineering leadership and was director of Rice Leadership, the university’s leadership development program.

A former professor of management, Dr. Niño has published on leadership, ethics, corporate culture and the development of professional management skills. He has conducted research in cutting-edge technology environments and is currently interested in researching how leadership develops among engineers and in engineering organizations. Dr. Niño has taught leadership since 1998 at the undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and executive/professional levels.

He is currently a founding officer of the Leadership Development Division of the American Society for Engineering Education and advises professional and executives on leadership and development issues.

He holds a PhD in Management from the University of Texas, Austin, where he also studied his Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration and his Master of Arts.

PROGRAMS: Leadership in Innovation

“Leaders learn to find important problems but define them in such a way that allows a team to come together to solve them”

Dr. David Niño

SENIOR LECTURER AT MIT

Dr. Abel Sanchez

DIRECTOR OF THE MIT GEOSPATIAL DATA CENTER

Dr. Sanchez is the architect of the global network “The Internet of Things” and data analysis platforms for SAP, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, Accenture, Shell, Exxon Mobil and Altria. In cyber security, he has developed cyber-attack impact analyses for the U.S. Department of Defense and a password firewall for the IARPA.

Dr. Abel Sanchez holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and teaches MIT courses in cyber security, engineering, blockchain and data science. He has been involved in developing educational software for Microsoft and establishing the Accenture Technology Academy. He has produced over 150 educational videos, has 10 years of experience with learning management systems and has made deployments in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

PROGRAMS: Digital Transformation · Cloud & DevOps · Blockchain

“Five technologies are redefining both the way we make our products and the types of opportunities that exist in the marketplace”

Devavrat Shah is Professor of Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of MIT. He is director of the Statistics and Data Science Center, Institute for Data, Systems and Society. He is a member of MIT´s LIDS, CSAIL and ORC.

Currently, his research is focused on the development of large-scale machine learning algorithms for unstructured data, especially those related to society. He has contributed to the development of “gossip” protocols and message passing algorithms for statistical inference that have become a mainstay of modern distributed data processing systems.

His work is widely recognized and, therefore, Devavrat has been awarded with prizes for his contributions to machine learning, operations research and computer science, in addition to the Erlang award in 2010, given by INFORMS Applied Probability Society. This award is given twice a year to a brilliant young researcher who has made an outstanding contribution to applied probability. He is a distinguished young alumnus of his alma mater, the IIT Bombay.

He is co-founder of Celect, Inc., whose goal is to help retailers make decisions by accurately predicting consumer choices based on omnichannel data. Nike bought Celect Inc. in August 2019. It´s work has featured in important publications like the NY Times, Forbes, Wired and Reditt.

PROGRAMS: Machine Learning

“When it comes to moving from data to decisions in our companies, Machine Learning can help us”

Prof. Devavrat Shah

PROFESSOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE AT MIT

Dr. Timothy Simpson

PROFESSOR OF MECHANICAL AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Timothy Simpson is a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at Pennsylvania State University. He holds senior positions in technical design and in the Faculty of Information Science and Technology. His research areas include product family design and platform-based product development, multidisciplinary design optimization, commercial space exploration, and additive manufacturing. He has published over 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He is the senior editor of two books, ‘Product Platform and Product Family Design: Methods & Applications’ (2005) and ‘Advances in Product Family and Product Platform Design: Methods & Applications’ (2013). His research has been supported by federal and state agencies such as NSF, ONR, DARPA, EDA and DCED, as well as numerous companies ranging from startups to multinationals.

He has worked with more than 30 different companies to apply his methods of product line improvement and product development practices. He helped establish and manage the Product Platform group on LinkedIn.

PROGRAMS: Designing Product Families

Jessika Trancik’s research examines the dynamic costs, performance, and environmental impacts of energy systems to inform climate policy and accelerate beneficial and equitable technology innovation. Her projects focus on all energy services including electricity, transportation, heating, and industrial processes. This work spans solar energy, wind energy, energy storage, low-carbon fuels, electric vehicles, and nuclear fission among other technologies.

Trancik received her B.S. from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She is currently an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute, and was formerly at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and at WSP International/UNOPS (now Interpeace) in Geneva.

PROGRAMS: Data-driven Frameworks and Theory

Professor Jessika Trancik

PROFESSOR IN THE INSTITUTE FOR DATA, SYSTEMS, AND SOCIETY AT MIT

Prof. John R. Williams

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MIT GEOSPATIAL DATA CENTER

Professor John R. Williams’ research focuses on the development and application of computing algorithms in distributed cyberphysical systems. He was director of the Auto-ID Laboratory, where the Internet of Things was invented. He is considered, along with Bill Gates and Larry Ellison, one of the 50 most powerful people in “Computer Networks”.

He is author and coauthor of more than 250 articles in journals and conferences. Professor Williams teaches courses on the basics of programming, modern software development, the architecture of web, cloud and blockchain systems. In addition, he holds a BSc in Physics from Oxford University, an MSc in Physics from UCLA, and a PhD from the University of Swansea.

PROGRAMS: Digital Transformation · Cloud & DevOps · Blockchain

“Once you climb that first mountain of knowledge, you will be able to teach yourself many things”

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MIT PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

Bhaskar Pant

"At MIT Professional Education we strive to make our knowledge available to as many people as possible, from anywhere in the world, with different experiences"

Bhaskar Pant is the executive director of MIT Professional education, the branch of MIT that provides technology professionals access to MIT knowledge. Under his direction, the MIT Professional Education offering has grown considerably, as have corporate relationships and its global reach, as professionals from more than 120 different countries participate in the classroom, internationals and, recently, also in those launched in online and mixed formats. The courses, which cover such cutting-edge areas as big data, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things (IoT), combined with other professional development courses in the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship, have benefited thousands of professionals worldwide.

Mr. Pant was part of the “The Future of Education at MIT” team, created by the MIT President, and contributed specifically to the work of the subcommittee that was responsible for “opening the doors of MIT to the world”. Building on Mr. Pant’s initiative, whose objective was to expand globally, MIT Professional Education offers short programs in an increasing number of regions in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe. Prior to joining MIT, Mr. Pant held important leadership positions in education and corporate companies around the world.

PROGRAMS: Cultural Awareness

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF MIT.NANO

Dr. Brian W. Anthony

"Using technology to streamline the manufacturing process allows us to offer better products on the market, faster and more economically"

Dr. Anthony is director of the MIT Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Program, co-director of the Medical Electronic Device Realization Center and deputy director of the MIT Skoltech Initiative. He possesses more than 20 years of product realization experience and has won an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his innovations in broadcast technology. Dr. Anthony designs instruments and techniques to monitor and control physical systems. His work involves the analysis and the design of systems. He also uses mechanical, electrical and optical engineering as well as computer science and optimization to develop solutions.

Dr. Anthony´s research revolves around the design of instruments and techniques for measuring and controlling complex physical systems and includes the development of instruments and measurement solutions for manufacturing, medical diagnostics, and imaging diagnostics. In addition to his academic work, he has extensive experience in market-driven technological innovation, product development and entrepreneurship, and marketing at the point where information technology and advanced manufacturing come into contact. As a teacher, his main interests are the modeling of large-scale systems in a variety of areas involving decision making and the development of optimization algorithms and software useful for analyzing and designing these types of systems. He is an expert in market-driven technological innovations, as well as in entrepreneurship.

PROGRAMS: Beyond IoT · Smart Manufacturing

DIRECTOR OF MIT SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE LAB

Dr. Bruce Cameron

Dr. Bruce Cameron is director of the System Architecture Lab at MIT and co-founder of the consulting firm Technology Strategy Partners. His areas of research include technology strategy, system architecture and product platform management. Previously, Dr. Cameron led the “MIT Commonality”, a research study of 30 companies on platform performance, which concluded that companies face systemic pressure on homogeneity, in part, as a result of problems in determining costs. Dr. Cameron has supervised more than 50 graduate students and conducted research projects for Amazon, BP, Sikorsky, Nokia, Caterpillar, AMGEN, Verizon and NASA.

Dr. Cameron teaches the subject of System Architecture for the “System Design and Management”, where he has trained over 500 students. Dr. Cameron´s teaching at Sloan Executive Education has been rated as the highest level of Executive Education program at MIT for several years. In addition, he is the Faculty Director of MIT´s online certificate “Architecture and System Engineering”, which has trained more than 5,300 participants.

PROGRAMS: Designing Product Families

PROFESSOR OF AERONAUTICS, ASTRONAUTICS AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING AT MIT

Prof. Olivier de Weck

"The design of platforms and product families is aimed at achieving long-term success and survival of companies"

Olivier de Weck was born in Switzerland and has a degree in industrial engineering from the ETH Zurich and in aerospace systems engineering from MIT. Prior to joining MIT, he was an engineering liaison and later director of the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 aircraft engineering program.

Professor De Weck is a leader in systems engineering research. He focuses on the design of complex man-made systems, such as aircraft, spacecraft, cars, printers and critical infrastructure, and on their evolution. His main focus is on strategic properties that have the potential to maximize life cycle value. Since 2001, his group has developed new methods and quantitative tools that explicitly consider production, flexibility, common features and sustainability, among other characteristics. Professor De Weck’s teaching emphasizes excellence, innovation, and the combination of theory and practice.

PROGRAMS: Designing Product Families · Management of Technology

DIRECTOR OF MIT ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS INITIATIVE AND PROFESSOR OF MIT PROGRAM IN BUILDING TECHNOLOGY

Prof. John E. Fernández

Professor Fernández is first and foremost a practicing architect who has designed more than 2.5 million square feet of new construction in major cities around the world including New York City, Tokyo, and Shanghai.

His work in sustainability began with research regarding materials for high performance buildings, low energy residence, and urbanization.

He founded the MIT Urban Metabolism Group in order to focus his research on the resource intensity of cities as well as on design and technology pathways for future urbanization, taking part in projects across four continents.

Being an entrepreneur, John E Fernández is also a member of more than 15 organizations, groups, or task forces, the most prestigious of which being his role on the Board of Directors of the Building Envelope Technology and Environmental Council of the National Institute of Building Science; New Ecology, Inc; and the Center for Sustainable Energy of the Fraunhofer Institute.

He is also a proud author of two books and numerous articles in scientific and design journals, as well as a speaker for conferences and symposia around the world.

PROGRAMS: Sustainability

SENIOR LECTURER AT MIT

Dr. David Niño

"Leaders learn to find important problems but define them in such a way that allows a team to come together to solve them"

David Niño teaches in the Bernard M. Gordon Engineering Leadership Program at MIT. Previously, he was Professor of Engineering Leadership Practice and Management at Rice University. During this tenure, he led the creation of the first four-year certificate in engineering leadership and was director of Rice Leadership, the university’s leadership development program.

A former professor of management, Dr. Niño has published on leadership, ethics, corporate culture and the development of professional management skills. He has conducted research in cutting-edge technology environments and is currently interested in researching how leadership develops among engineers and in engineering organizations. Dr. Niño has taught leadership since 1998 at the undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and executive/professional levels.

He is currently a founding officer of the Leadership Development Division of the American Society for Engineering Education and advises professional and executives on leadership and development issues.

He holds a PhD in Management from the University of Texas, Austin, where he also studied his Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration and his Master of Arts.

PROGRAMS: Leadership in Innovation

DIRECTOR OF THE MIT GEOSPATIAL DATA CENTER

Dr. Abel Sanchez

"Five technologies are redefining both the way we make our products and the types of opportunities that exist in the marketplace"

Dr. Sanchez is the architect of the global network “The Internet of Things” and data analysis platforms for SAP, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, Accenture, Shell, Exxon Mobil and Altria. In cyber security, he has developed cyber-attack impact analyses for the U.S. Department of Defense and a password firewall for the IARPA.

Dr. Abel Sanchez holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and teaches MIT courses in cyber security, engineering, blockchain and data science. He has been involved in developing educational software for Microsoft and establishing the Accenture Technology Academy. He has produced over 150 educational videos, has 10 years of experience with learning management systems and has made deployments in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

PROGRAMS: Digital Transformation · Cloud & DevOps · Blockchain

PROFESSOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE AT MIT

Prof. Devavrat Shah

"When it comes to moving from data to decisions in our companies, Machine Learning can help us"

Devavrat Shah is Professor of Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of MIT. He is director of the Statistics and Data Science Center, Institute for Data, Systems and Society. He is a member of MIT´s LIDS, CSAIL and ORC.

Currently, his research is focused on the development of large-scale machine learning algorithms for unstructured data, especially those related to society. He has contributed to the development of “gossip” protocols and message passing algorithms for statistical inference that have become a mainstay of modern distributed data processing systems.

His work is widely recognized and, therefore, Devavrat has been awarded with prizes for his contributions to machine learning, operations research and computer science, in addition to the Erlang award in 2010, given by INFORMS Applied Probability Society. This award is given twice a year to a brilliant young researcher who has made an outstanding contribution to applied probability. He is a distinguished young alumnus of his alma mater, the IIT Bombay.

He is co-founder of Celect, Inc., whose goal is to help retailers make decisions by accurately predicting consumer choices based on omnichannel data. Nike bought Celect Inc. in August 2019. It´s work has featured in important publications like the NY Times, Forbes, Wired and Reditt.

PROGRAMS: Machine Learning

PROFESSOR OF MECHANICAL AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Dr. Timothy Simpson

Timothy Simpson is a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at Pennsylvania State University. He holds senior positions in technical design and in the Faculty of Information Science and Technology. His research areas include product family design and platform-based product development, multidisciplinary design optimization, commercial space exploration, and additive manufacturing. He has published over 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He is the senior editor of two books, ‘Product Platform and Product Family Design: Methods & Applications’ (2005) and ‘Advances in Product Family and Product Platform Design: Methods & Applications’ (2013). His research has been supported by federal and state agencies such as NSF, ONR, DARPA, EDA and DCED, as well as numerous companies ranging from startups to multinationals.

He has worked with more than 30 different companies to apply his methods of product line improvement and product development practices. He helped establish and manage the Product Platform group on LinkedIn.

PROGRAMS: Designing Product Families

PROFESSOR IN THE INSTITUTE FOR DATA, SYSTEMS, AND SOCIETY AT MIT

Professor Jessika Trancik

Jessika Trancik’s research examines the dynamic costs, performance, and environmental impacts of energy systems to inform climate policy and accelerate beneficial and equitable technology innovation. Her projects focus on all energy services including electricity, transportation, heating, and industrial processes. This work spans solar energy, wind energy, energy storage, low-carbon fuels, electric vehicles, and nuclear fission among other technologies.

Trancik received her B.S. from Cornell University and her Ph.D. from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She is currently an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute, and was formerly at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and at WSP International/UNOPS (now Interpeace) in Geneva.

PROGRAMS: Data-driven Frameworks and Theory

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MIT GEOSPATIAL DATA CENTER

Prof. John R. Williams

"Once you climb that first mountain of knowledge, you will be able to teach yourself many things"

Professor John R. Williams’ research focuses on the development and application of computing algorithms in distributed cyberphysical systems. He was director of the Auto-ID Laboratory, where the Internet of Things was invented. He is considered, along with Bill Gates and Larry Ellison, one of the 50 most powerful people in “Computer Networks”.

He is author and coauthor of more than 250 articles in journals and conferences. Professor Williams teaches courses on the basics of programming, modern software development, the architecture of web, cloud and blockchain systems. In addition, he holds a BSc in Physics from Oxford University, an MSc in Physics from UCLA, and a PhD from the University of Swansea.

PROGRAMS: Digital Transformation · Cloud & DevOps · Blockchain