Dr. Bahr, an associate professor of literature, is one of four 2015 MacVicar Fellows, MIT's highest undergraduate teaching honor. Fellow faculty say he is "one of the most beloved professors" in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) with intelligence and charm that make him a highly "sought-after teacher."
Katabi has also been named a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow for developing technology that prevents Wi-Fi networks from interfering in crowded places. She is the 2015 recipient of the Jerome Saltzer Teaching Award and leads NETMIT research group.
Most recently, Gibson and his student researchers authored a study that examined 37 languages and found that they all share a tendency to place related words or concepts near each other in a sentence to ease strain on the memory, a.k.a "language universal."
With over 100 journal articles and books published, Gibson is now primarily focused on two research programs: information theoretic approaches to language universal and how culture affects human language.
Elsa Olivetti is taking on huge tasks in sustainability efforts.
She's working on developing a model that combines cost and environmental data to help producers choose materials and methods for cutting emissions – a huge task in sustainability efforts.
Since 2006, she's worked as a research scientist at MIT's Material Systems Lab where her research team made international news when they concluded that more than two-thirds of the carbon dioxide emissions generated by making running shoes arise during the manufacturing process.
Hugh Herr develops bionic limbs for people like himself.
In 2011, Herr was named "The Leader of the Bionic Age" by Time Magazine. His work has been featured by national and international media including National Geographic, the History Channel, and CNN. Herr's2014 TED talkon the next generation of bionic limbs has nearly 4.5 million views.
Jeremy England suggests that the beginning of life on Earth was not random.
Started at MIT: 2011
Dr. England, an assistant professor of physics, has been regarded by his colleagues as one of the “brightest young scientists.” His mathematical theory on the origin of life describes life at the level of genes and populations (instead of species). He suggests that the first life on Earth was an inevitable result of the fundamental laws of nature.
As leader of the England Lab at MIT, England's team aims to find the physical simplicity in biological systems. At just 31 years old, England is widely experienced and educated in his field – he's studied at Princeton, Stanford, Oxford, and Harvard.
John Belcher is a two-time winner of NASA's Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.
Started at MIT: 1971
Dr. Belcher is an associate professor of physics,associate chair of the faculty, a former MIT MacVicar Fellow, and an advocate on campus for mental health awareness among students.
Belcher is the latest recipient of the Hans Christian Oersted Medal, the highest teaching award in the physics community, for his dedication to TEAL (Technology Enabled Active Learning) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), MIT's free online course system.
Sara Seager has discovered hundreds of new planets.
Started at MIT: 2007
As a professor of physics and planetary science at MIT, it's only fitting that Dr. Seager's research is at the cutting-edge of astrophysics. At the helm of an MIT research group, she has discovered more than 700 planets beyond our solar system and has set out to understand their atmospheric composition and interior structure.
Sheila Widnall was the first woman on the faculty in the Department of Engineering at MIT.
Started at MIT: 1964
As aprofessor of aeronautics and astronautics — and an MIT alumna — Dr. Widnall became the first woman on the faculty in the Department of Engineering and eventually the first woman faculty chair at MIT in 1979.
He's also on the team that discovered the visual microphone, which was presented at Siggraph 2014. The visual microphone is cutting-edge technology that enables scientists to recreate sound from vibrations in motion.