Jeff Grossman to be next head of DMSE

Letter from Anantha Chandrakasan, Dean of Engineering, Dec. 23, 2019 

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Jeffrey Grossman, Morton and Claire Goulder and Family Professor in Environmental Systems, and a Professor in DMSE, as the new faculty head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, effective January 1, 2020. 

Professor Grossman succeeds Chris Schuh, Danae and Vasilis Salapatas Professor of Metallurgy and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, who has led DMSE since 2011. 

Professor Grossman’s accomplishments as a researcher and as an educator are remarkable. He has been a member of DMSE since 2009, and is widely known for his contributions to energy conversion, energy storage, and clean water technologies.

After receiving his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Illinois, Professor Grossman performed postdoctoral work at U.C. Berkeley. He was a Lawrence Fellow at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and returned to Berkeley as Director of a Nanoscience Center and Head of the Computational Nanoscience research group with focus on energy applications. He joined MIT in fall, 2009 where he has developed a research program known for its contributions to energy conversion, energy storage, membranes, and clean water technologies.

Professor Grossman’s passion for teaching and his outstanding contributions to education are evident through courses such as 3.091, Introduction to Solid-State Chemistry. He introduced the use of “goodie bags” containing tools and materials that he covers in his lectures, encouraging hands-on learning and challenging students to ask big questions, take chances, and collaborate with one another.

In recognition of his contributions to engineering education, Professor Grossman was named an MIT MacVicar Faculty Fellow in 2016, in addition to being named a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2013. He has published more than 200 scientific papers, holds 17 current or pending U.S. patents, and recently co-founded a company, Via Separations, to commercialize graphene-oxide membranes. 

Professor Grossman has been a core member of the materials science and engineering community and has made outstanding contributions as an educator. He will undoubtedly be an excellent leader for DMSE. 

I am deeply grateful to Professor Schuh for his incredible leadership and his commitment to the faculty, staff, and students. Through his leadership, the department’s visibility and impact soared, reflecting the academic excellence of its program.   

I would also like to thank the advisory search committee for a detailed and thoughtful search report. The members of the committee include: Carl Thompson (chair), Alfredo Alexander-Katz, Antoine Allanore, Polina Anikeeva, Geoffrey Beach, Lorna Gibson, Harry Tuller, and Evelyn Wang. 

Please join me in congratulating Jeff and welcoming him to his new role. I look forward to working with him.        


Anantha P. Chandrakasan

Dean, MIT School of Engineering
Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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