Meet the House Teams

Heads of House
Heads of House

John Fernandez & Malvina Lampietti

John E. Fernández 

 

John, class of 1985, has been on the faculty of MIT since 1999. He is a full Professor and Director of ESI (the Environmental Solutions Initiative), former Director of the Building Technology Program in the Department of Architecture, the International Design Center and current Director of the Urban Metabolism Group, a highly multidisciplinary research group focused on the resource intensity of cities and pathways for a low carbon urban future.

 

Fernández has also served many years on a number of MIT committees including the Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid, the Committee on the Undergraduate Program, the ROTC Oversight committee, and currently the Committee on the Innovation Initiative, the Faculty Policy Committee, and the Institute Planning Committee. He has also served on various special groups and task force including the subcommittee on the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Task Force on the Undergraduate Educational Commons, the Working Group on the Future of Teaching and Learning Spaces at MIT, the School of Architecture and Planning Dean’s Diversity Committee, the Dean’s Energy and Environment Council, and currently, the Campus Sustainability Task Force, the MIT Materials and Waste Management Working Group, and the Metropolitan Warehouse Advisory Group.

 

A practicing architect, John has been designer of more than 2.5 million square feet of new construction since completing graduate work at the School of Architecture at Princeton University.

 

John is also a classical pianist, a watercolorist and an enthusiastic snowboarder.

 
Malvina M. Lampietti

 

Malvina graduated from Barnard College and received a master’s degree in Architecture from Princeton University. During her 7 years at KPF, she collaborated on a number of large urban projects, including the Atlanta Federal Reserve, the Bank of Hawaii, and the New Harbor Art Museum. Since cofounding LFA in 1997 with John, Malvina has focused on sustainable residential and commercial projects; which reflect the complex interplay of siting, materials and function that contribute to a cohesive design.

 

Malvina is an avid tennis player and an amateur gardener.

 
 
John and Malvina have been heads of house at Baker House since fall 2015. Their daughter, Vita, is a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins University. Their son, Lorenzo, is a rising sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis. In the fall of 2016, they added a vizsla puppy (Baker Biko) to the household. As a family, they enjoy eating, hiking and traveling and, while on sabbatical, have lived in Lisbon and Singapore. 
 
Area Director
Area Director

Jordan Weiner

I’m Jordan, the Area Director for Baker House! You can find me in the Baker lobby every Monday popping popcorn for students using Baker’s very own popcorn machine. I work closely with the Baker house team, the resident peer mentor program, and the Baker executive board to support students and plan events, including the annual Baker Piano Drop. My goal is to make Baker as welcoming as possible.

 

A little more about me: I’m originally from the Chicago suburbs. I studied English, writing, and film and media studies as an undergrad at Washington University in St. Louis, and received my Master’s in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University. I was a Residence Director at Suffolk University before starting at MIT in September 2016. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the Boston/Cambridge area, revisiting my interest in creative writing, and generally geeking out about everything from Zelda games to graphic novels.

Head of House
Head of House

William McCants

Bill studied history at UCLA and later earned Masters degrees in Social Psychology from Harvard and in Criminal Justice from Northeastern, followed by a JD from Harvard Law School. Prior to law school he taught for many years at the secondary level, his favorite subject being Advanced Placement psychology.  Following law school, he clerked for Massachusetts' highest court before practicing environmental law at an international, Boston-based law firm, and then worked for eleven years as a civil rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Education.  Bill is the Director of Harvard's Office for Dispute Resolution. He enjoys offshore sailing with his family in Boston Harbor and on Massachusetts Bay, and also has extensive sailing experience on the California coast.  He has visited all fifty U.S. states at least once, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and a number of countries in northern Europe.

Head of House

Anne McCants

Anne McCants studied economics, religion, and history at Mount Holyoke College, and then completed her master’s degree in economics and PhD in history at UCLA and UC Berkeley respectively.  At MIT since 1991, she is a Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow and, along with her husband Bill, the Head of House of Burton Conner.  Her teaching is focused in the areas of European economic and social history and social science research methods.  She is the author of Civic Charity in a Golden Age: Orphan Care in Early Modern Amsterdam (1997), and numerous articles on historical demography, material culture, and the standard of living in the Dutch Republic.  She is currently working on an economic and institutional history of the movement to build cathedrals and other major churches in the Gothic style in North-western Europe in the 12th and 13th centuries. In a separate project she is collaborating with a team of economists, engineers, and historians to study the first Portuguese-built railroad in the Valley of the Tua River in the late nineteenth century.  She also serves as the editor of the journal Social Science History

 

Her favorite ways to unwind include cooking (with or without students), working with fibers and textiles, digging in her garden, and riding her bike.

Area Director
Area Director

Michelle Lessly

Michelle has been a member of the Burton Conner house team since 2011. Prior to joining the MIT community, she spent three years at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, working in Residential Life and serving as an adjunct faculty member. Before living in Southern California, Michelle worked at her Alma Mater as a resident director. She has professional interests in ethical student leadership, digital learning, and institutional culture. She holds a master's degree from Abilene Christian University (TX) in Student Affairs and obtained her Doctorate in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University in fall 2016. Her research includes examining the intersection of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and massive open online courses (MOOCs). Michelle volunteers as a Big Sister with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, is an active member of The Hunt, Huntington Theater’s young donor group, and works as an online copy editor for companies located across the globe. In her free time, Michelle is an avid knitter and enjoys learning new skills including American Sign Language and playing the cello.

 

Head of House
Head of House

Rob Miller

Rob Miller is a professor of computer science and member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from MIT, and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. He does research at the intersection of programming and human computer interaction, and teaches software engineering (6.031), user interface design (6.813), and assistive technology (6.811).  He lived at East Campus for four years as an undergrad, and is thrilled to be back living there again.  For fun, he sails, reads, runs, and codes, and occasionally takes crash trips to the opera in New York.

Associate Head of House
Associate Head of House

Sandy Alexandre

Sandy Alexandre received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. She has been a faculty member at MIT since 2006. Alexandre is Associate Professor of Literature at MIT. Her research interests include black American literature and culture, race and visual studies, women’s and gender studies, performance studies, and material culture studies. She is the author of The Properties of Violence: Claims to Ownership in Representations of Lynching and numerous articles and book chapters. Alexandre is currently working on a second book project, Up From Chattels: Thinghood in an Ethics of Black Curation, in which she attempts to glean an ethics from the transition of black people being owned as things to their condition as owners, consumers, creators, and curators of material objects. She is an avid walker and might even have the plantar fasciitis to prove it. She promised her 5th grade teacher (and herself) that she would one day write a novel, and she may or may not have been working on that novel since the 5th grade (Watch out, world! This novel is either going to be very great or very awful!). She is pretty introverted, but you wouldn’t know it for how often she’s been unofficially ordained “the life of the party.” She enjoys listening to all kinds of music, but she especially likes to groove and move to the sounds of hip-hop, rap and R&B. She is pretty fluent in Haitian-Kreyòl (her parents hail from Haiti) and proficient in Mandarin Chinese (she studied the language as an undergrad and continues to practice it as often as she can). She wants to take up playing the flute again, and is only saying this because maybe saying it in a public forum will force her to make it so! Overall, she is very excited about the opportunity to build community with and among EC residents!

Area Director
Area Director

Carrie Wicks

Carrie Wicks has served as the Area Director for East Campus since July 2015. Carrie is originally from Ohio and received her bachelor’s degree from Kent State University, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Women's Studies. Carrie moved to Boston in 2011 and received her master’s degree in College Student Development and Counseling at Northeastern University.  Carrie's passions are social justice, mental health education, art, poetry, and music. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her dog, Akron.

Heads of House
Heads of House

Larry & Terry Sass

Larry Sass
I am a professor in the Department of Architecture who wants to someday print houses directly from computer models. I have worked as a professional in architectural offices in NYC and Boston before teaching full time. I am also happy to say that I served as a Graduate Resident Tutor in New House in the 1990s. Currently, I teach courses related to design computation to graduate students and undergrads in the Department of Architecture, and my research investigates ways to rapidly produce small structures for communities in need of high quality homes and shelter. Whether teaching my undergraduate courses, conducting research with graduate students or living life at MacGregor, fostering relationships within the MIT community has been my greatest joy. Last, I enjoy traveling and exercise more than ever. My favorite thing to do is cycle to Walden Pond and back on weekends. 
 
Terry Sass
I am a licensed psychologist in clinical practice at a community mental health center, with a focus on families, couples and individuals. I entered the field of psychology after years of working in education and public health, and traveling and living overseas. After growing up in New York City, I received a BA from Yale, settled in the Boston area, and earned an MPH from Boston University and a PhD from Boston College. Larry and I enjoy spending time with our children, ages 14, 17 and 22, as well as traveling, working out and exploring the culinary delights in and around Cambridge. Getting to know MIT students has been an amazing experience.   
Associate Heads of House
Associate Heads of House

David Singer & Steve Bertone

David Singer (left) is Associate Head of House and Associate Professor of Political Science, where he studies international economic relations. He and his partner, Steve Bertone (right), have lived in MacGregor House for nine years, and enjoy hosting brunches with students and taking long walks along the Charles River. Steve works in regulatory compliance for a Boston-based financial institution.
 

Head of House
Head of House

Jack Carroll

Jack grew up in suburban New Jersey (quiet), went to military high school in Manhattan (exciting city!), and to college in northern Vermont (beautiful, cold winters) and in Rome, Italy (fantastic!).He received a Masters from the University of Chicago in Social Sciences and a PhD from Cornell University in Experimental Psychology. His thesis research was on how comprehension of non-literal communications (e.g., sarcasm, irony) develops from young children through adults – the communications that Sheldon (Big Bang Theory) seems to find so unintuitive. After a stint on the psychology faculty at Northeastern University, he worked for several research companies providing market research and user-centered design services to a wide range of clients. He founded and led a research company that helped major banks and investment companies develop innovative, user-centered online, voice, and kiosk-based interfaces. His interest in helping to establish Maseeh Hall emerges from an unforgettable experience as an undergraduate in Rome, where he learned that an educational community committed to enabling active and varied engagement with a diverse world can create a transformative life experience. He’s happy to help with brainstorming, planning, and launching any new activity for Maseeh, exploring international education/intern opportunities, starting a discussion club on lots of topics, talking sports (soccer and football in particular) over dinner, cheering on Maseeh IM teams, etc.

Head of House

Suzanne Flynn

Suzanne received her MS from the University of Puerto Rico and MA and PhD from Cornell University. Since 1981 Dr. Flynn has been a Professor of Linguistics and Language Acquisition at MIT. Her research focuses on the acquisition of various aspects of syntax by both children and adults in bilingual, second and third language acquisition contexts. This research is linked to current cognitive and linguistic theories. More recently, her work has focused on the neural representation of the multilingual brain. She has also begun focusing on the nature of language in individuals with early onset of Alzheimer's disease. She has published extensively in journals and has authored or coedited several books. She is also the cofounding editor of Syntax: A Journal of Theoretical, Experimental and Interdisciplinary Research. She is or has been a member of several Boards of Directors; these include Belmont Day School, Modern Languages and Literature (CMU), Department of Anthropology (UMass) among others. She also has a clinical certification in Speech and Language Pathology.

Associate Head of House
Associate Head of House

Cullen Buie

Cullen is the Mitsui Career Development Chair and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Cullen was born in St. Louis, MO and grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. As a student at Shaker Heights High School he was involved in sports (football and basketball) and several organizations to improve race relations within the community. He then attended The Ohio State University where he received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (2003). After OSU, Cullen attended Stanford University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and obtained his M.S. (2005) and Ph.D. (2009) in Mechanical Engineering. Cullen's Ph.D. research involved the study of microfluidic pumps to manage liquid water in proton exchange membrane fuel cells. He and his wife, Donielle, met at Stanford in 2004 while she was completing her Master's degree. Prior to joining MIT Cullen spent a year at UC Berkeley working with Professor Liwei Lin and Professor John Coates as a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow. At MIT his laboratory explores fundamentals of electrokinetic phenomena for application in materials science and microbiology. His research is applicable to a diverse array of problems, from antibiofouling surfaces and biofuels to energy storage and bacterial infections. Cullen is the recipient of numerous awards for his research and service including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2012). In his spare time Cullen enjoys changing his son Jeremiah's diapers and watching college football (particularly, THE Ohio State University). He also enjoys stupid movies (e.g. Talladega Nights) and eating meat...lots and lots of meat.

Associate Head of House

Donielle Buie

Donielle earned a BS in Biomechanical Engineering and an MA in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies in Education, both from Stanford University. Her passion for innovation, social change, and leadership development led her to create opportunities to truly impact others. Donielle has spent time working in the nonprofit world. She taught entrepreneurship to high school students at Oakland Technical High School and Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, both in Oakland, CA with BUILD. Donielle was certified by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and was recognized as an Apprentice Teacher of the Year in 2006. Donielle has spent the past six years building her business experience in pharmaceutical and healthcare market research with AlphaDetail, Inc where she is currently a Director. Donielle is still passionate about entrepreneurship and is currently developing plans for her own small business. Donielle and Cullen have an adorable son, Jeremiah, who loves living in Maseeh. When she's not spending time with Jeremiah and Cullen, Donielle likes bowling, baking and reading.

Area Director
Area Director

Rebecca (Becky) Kjaerbye

Hello, and welcome to MIT! My name is Becky and I am the Area Director for Maseeh Hall. I have been at MIT since 2010 and have worked in higher education for 10 years. I have my master’s degree in Post-Secondary Education and my bachelor’s degree in Political Science. You are most likely to find me in the lobby of Maseeh with a coffee in my hand, taking in the beautiful view of the Charles River and connecting with people. When I am not in Maseeh you can find me going to a make-up class, trying out a new restaurant or changing up my hair color. I enjoy a good Netflix marathon, traveling the world and being with friends. Building relationships is one of my favorite things to do, so please come on by my office (in the lobby) to grab a snack and chat! 
 

 

Heads of House
Heads of House

Raul Radovitzky & Flavia Cardarelli

Raúl and Flavia have been the McCormick Hall Heads of House since August of 2015. Raúl’s whole life has been dedicated to the academic world with an equal love for research and teaching. But among all of his academic passions, the interaction with the student community is definitely his favorite. He arrived at MIT in 2001 and is now a professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the associate director of the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, and the winner of a 2014 Student Champion Award for his excellence as a freshman advisor.
 
The Institute is a family affair for the Radovitzkys. Flavia has been the senior administrative assistant with the MIT-Portugal Program since 2006. Their sons Ben and Felipe have attended MIT summer camp for many years. They eventually became counselors-in-training and stood out for their excellent sailing skills. In fact, sailing is an activity the entire family enjoys. Felipe is joining the MIT class of 2020 next fall, and Ben is a rising junior at the International School of Boston.
 
Food is another passion for them. The entire family has an international flair for cooking, drawing on Italian, Spanish, Jewish, French, and Argentine culinary traditions for inspiration. Raúl is known for taking meals with small groups of students, or cooking an authentic Argentine barbecue — called an “asado” — for students in his classes at the end of the spring term. The truly enjoy food, music, company and lively conversation.
Area Director
Area Director

Topher Nelson

Hello, my name is Topher and I’m the Area Director of McCormick Hall. I’ve been at MIT since January 2015 but I grew up in Cambridge and I absolutely love it here. I studied economics in college and have a master’s degree in education. You can often find me in my office outside the dance studio in McCormick but if I’m not there I’m probably out for a run on the Charles River or exploring the city. 

Head of House
Head of House

Wesley L. Harris

Wes Harris is the Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the director of the Lean Sustainment Initiative at MIT. Before his appointment as Associate Provost, Professor Harris served as head of MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics from 2003 to 2008.

 

He earned his BS in aerospace engineering at the University of Virginia, and his MA and PhD in aerospace and mechanical sciences at Princeton University, on whose Board of Trustees he later served (2001-2005). From 1972 to 1985, he taught and held several administrative positions at MIT, making seminal contributions to the study of unsteady aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, rarefied gas dynamics, sustainment of capital assets, and chaos in sickle cell disease.

 

He served as dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut from 1985 to 1990, and as vice president and chief administrative officer of the University of Tennessee Space Institute from 1990 to 1993. As NASA's associate administrator for aeronautics from 1993 to 1995, he was responsible for all programs, facilities, and personnel in aeronautics at NASA.

 

Wes Harris has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering, the Cosmos Club, and the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. He is also an elected fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Helicopter Society, and the National Technical Association, in recognition of his achievements in engineering, engineering education, management, and advancing cultural diversity.

Area Director
Area Director

John Ross Campbell

Originally from Ohio, John Ross completed his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel prior to moving to the Boston area in 2010. John Ross’s favorite part about New House is the diversity of the nine communities that call it home. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring Boston and Cambridge, traveling, and trying out new hobbies.
 

Heads of House
Heads of House

Pablo Jarillo-Herrero & Empar Rollano-Hijarrubia

Pablo and Empar are the Heads of House at Next House, where they have lived with their three children, Marta, David, and Maria, since August 2016. Both Pablo and Empar are originally from Valencia (Spain). Before arriving to MIT, they both studied physics in Valencia, and then obtained their PhDs in physics (Pablo) and medical physics (Empar) in the Netherlands. After a (too) short year in New York City, they moved to Cambridge in 2008.

 

Pablo is associate professor in the MIT physics department. His group does experimental research on the quantum electronic and optoelectronic properties of novel low-dimensional materials. In addition to research, his academic passions include teaching different undergraduate courses (8.01L, 8.231, 8.223, 8.03, 8.04, 8.044, 8.14 and counting!), as he enjoys switching to a new course every couple years. He also enjoys serving on various department and institute committees, and he likes to organize community-building events. For example, in 2016 he organized the first Rising Stars in Physics academic career workshop for women. Pablo enjoys reading, playing squash, dancing, and eating good food. His future plans include starting skiing and scuba diving again… after a few years’ gap while the kids were small.

 

Empar is a research scientist at Witricity, a local start-up company focused on efficient wireless power transfer. Her work includes computer simulations of electromagnetic fields and device safety evaluation. Besides science, Empar has a very artistic side, having also obtained a degree in classical dance and performed as a semi-professional ballet dancer. Empar enjoys dancing, music, pottery, going on excursions, biking, and she plans to retake scuba diving too!

 

Both Pablo and Empar enjoy traveling around the world, visiting historical monuments, trying different cuisines, and enjoying the outdoors with the kids. 

Heads of House
Heads of House

Jared and Laurie Berezin

Jared and Laurie Berezin, Random Hall’s Heads of House, live in the dorm to support students. Randomites can visit Jared and Laurie’s apartment anytime to chat about challenges, struggles, and victories at MIT. They offer advice and a listening ear, host sing-alongs and other events, and are a liaison to the Deans, MIT Medical, the faculty, and the administration. Jared teaches in the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication Program within the Comparative Media Studies/Writing department at MIT. Laurie is a professional jeweler and metalsmith who runs her own company, Beryllina. Students also enjoy hanging out with Laurie and Jared’s friendly little dog named Shakedown.

Area Director
Area Director

Trish Moran

Hello!  My name is Trish, and I have been the Area Director for Random Hall since March 2017. I have really loved my time at MIT thus far and appreciate the unique and supportive community that is Random. I studied Human Development at Boston College for my undergraduate degree and went to the University of Pennsylvania for my graduate degree in Higher Education. Some of the things I love in addition to working with students include: ice cream (cookies and cream is my favorite), hiking in New Hampshire, running and training for marathons, and being with my close friends. I also have a small dog named Indy who is a Jack Russell mix and loves meeting new people!

Heads of House
Heads of House

John & Ellen Essigmann

John Essigmann is the William R. (1956) and Betsy P. Leitch Professor in Residence of Chemistry in the MIT Department of Chemistry and Professor of Toxicology and Biological Engineering in the MIT Department of Biological Engineering.  He was the Associate Head of the Department of Chemistry until 2012, responsible for graduate and undergraduate education in chemistry, and since that time he has been the Director of the MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences, which is one of MIT’s thirteen trans-disciplinary labs and centers.  John was brought up in Medford, MA, a suburb of Boston and is a lifelong resident of the Boston area.
 
During his undergraduate years at Northeastern University, John worked in the chemistry group at Arthur D. Little, Inc., an industrial consulting company with longstanding ties to MIT. He received his S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT and came up through the faculty ranks as a toxicologist, working at the interface between chemistry and biology.  He is best known for elucidating the mechanisms of action of previously uncharacterized toxins and drugs.  Much of this work is done on toxins found in bio-diverse regions of the world, because natural products act as good role models for studying chemical-biological interactions.  John’s sub-specialty is toxic compounds that act by interaction with DNA or other nucleic acids.  The drug design strategy of "lethal mutagenesis" or "viral decay acceleration" is based upon work done in John’s laboratory along with those of his collaborators; a lead agent is now in Phase IIa clinical trials.  On the academic side, John currently teaches “Biological Chemistry” in the Chemistry Department and “Biological Engineering Design” to undergraduates.  He teaches “Biological Networks” to graduate students.  He teaches both at MIT and in the graduate program of the Chulabhorn Graduate Institute in Bangkok, Thailand.  A portion of his work is a collaboration between MIT and the Kingdom of Thailand.
 
Ellen also was graduated from Northeastern University and received a Masters’ degree there before coming to MIT for her PhD.  Her career was in FDA Regulatory Affairs, with responsibility for obtaining and maintaining FDA approval for biological devices and drugs based on their safety and efficacy profiles.  Her products included diagnostics for specific types of cancer and treatments for acute insults to the immune system.  She worked at H. G. Pars Pharmaceuticals and T-Cell Sciences, Inc. and as an independent consultant.  After her career in Regulatory Affairs, Ellen focused her attention on undergraduate student life at MIT, where the Essigmanns have been Heads of House, first in New House and then at Simmons Hall.  She enjoys working with students to help guide them over obstacles that may stand in the path to achievement of their goals.  She has a good knowledge of, and working relationship with, the administrative structure of MIT and uses that knowledge to support student-initiated projects and interests.  Ellen also manages the MIT ThaiROP program, a summer research and cultural immersion program in which MIT undergraduates participate in ten-week internships in Thailand.  
 
The Essigmanns have two children. The eldest, Amy, is a Program Manager at Google Mountain View, where she shepherds projects through the design process by coordinating the work of UX designers, researchers, and engineers. The youngest, Nolan, recently graduated from MIT with a degree in mathematics, is now in charge of software engineering at Checkup Healthcare. When not at MIT, the family enjoys time together on the shores of Mooselookmeguntic Lake, in a very remote section of northwestern Maine.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Associate Head of House
Associate Head of House

Steven Hall

Steven Hall is Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He graduated from MIT with an SB degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1980, and earned SM and ScD degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1982 and 1985, also from MIT. He was appointed to the MIT faculty in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1985, and was named a Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow in 2002. 
  
His teaching includes graduate and undergraduate subjects within the Information Sector of the department, including a dozen years teaching Signals and Systems in the famous (or infamous) Unified Engineering. He has also taught undergraduate subjects in control theory, guidance and navigation, and flight mechanics and control. His graduate teaching includes subjects in modern control theory and optimal control.
 
Steve has been active in service in his home department and the Institute. In his department, he’s served as an undergraduate advisor, Assistant Department Head, Chair of the departmental faculty search committee, Chair of the doctoral program, and Co-Head of the Information Sector. In service to the Institute, he has been a freshman advisor, a member and later Chair of the Committee on the Undergraduate Program, a member and then Chair of the CUP Subcommittee on the Communication Requirement, a member of the MIT Corporation Joint Advisory Committee on Institute-Wide Affairs (CJAC), and a member of the Institute-Wide Planning Task Force. He was Chair of the MIT Faculty from 2013 to 2015.
 
Steve is currently the Associate Head of House of Simmons Hall, where he runs the Simmons Hall Residential Scholar program. He greatly enjoys living with the Simmons Hall community of students and scholars, which he describes as “warm, welcoming, and vibrant.” His daughter Caitlin lives nearby in Somerville, MA, and his son Michael and family live in Wakefield, MA. Steve is a certificated pilot, and enjoys flying his plane on weekends and on vacations.