Immigrant members of the MIT community
I was born in a small town in the West Bank in Palestine called Tulkarem. However, I grew up in Amman, Jordan. I came to America when I was 17 years old. I spent 7 years in Texas where I got my BS and PhD. I then came to MIT as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and I have been here since then. I met my wife, Jinane, at MIT, and we raised our three kids (Deema, Hilal, and Yazeed) while we were housemasters at MacGregor house. After living in Cambridge for 30 years, I can confidently say that this is our home.
I am a control theorist by training. At MIT, I have had the opportunity to explore many applications covering space, automotive fields, neuroscience, urban systems, energy systems, and financial systems. I am intensely involved with MIT — beyond being a house head, I chaired the Committee on Discipline, I had several departmental leadership positions, and I am now the director of the newly formed Institute on Data, Systems, and Society. The people at MIT have enriched my life in ways that I cannot easily describe. I am indebted to this community for the opportunities it has given me and proud to be a member of it.
Munther Dahleh is the William Coolidge Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Director of the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society.
Editor's note: Tech Transfers is a photo series by Professor Daniel Jackson that features immigrant members of MIT.