New Associate Head of EECS Announced

New Associate Head of EECS Announced

Professor Silvio Micali succeeded Professor Bill Freeman as Associate Head of MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) on Jan. 15.

Professor Micali’s appointment was announced by EECS Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan. According to the MIT News Office, Chandrakasan said that Micali would bring “clarity, creativity, and passion” to his new position.

Micali, an EECS professor since 1983, has received numerous awards for his work in cryptography and information security, including the RSA Mathematics Award and the Gödel Prize in theoretical computer science. He and MIT professor Shafi Goldwasser won the 2012 (ACM) A.M. Turing award in theoretical computer science for their advances in cryptography. Micali also founded two startup companies, Peppercoin and CoreStreet, and possesses over 50 patents related to his work in information security.

—Karia Dibert