MIT Faculty Newsletter  
Vol. XXV No. 5
May / June 2013
A Letter to the Class of 2013
City Council Approval of MITIMCo Petition Only Beginning of MIT 2030 Review
The Magic Beyond the MOOCs
Memorial Resolution for Officer Sean Collier
Why I Decided to Transition to Professor Without Tenure, Retired
Stephen Lippard Wins Killian Award
MIT's New Modular Learning Management System: The Evolution from Stellar
Learning From Students
Housing MIT's Graduate Students: Framing the Inquiry and Shaping the Dialogue
How Online Education Might Impact the Future of Mathematics Departments
Steve Hall New Faculty Chair
Support for the Rising Complexity of MIT's International Students
Working Alone at MIT
Mental Illness as a Disease
Applauding Proposed MIT School of Education
MIT Professional Education: Call for 2014 Summer Short Programs
from the 2013 Student Quality of Life Survey (Undergraduates)
from the 2013 Student Quality of Life Survey (Graduate Students)
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Steve Hall New Faculty Chair

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Steven R. Hall, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, will become Chair of the Faculty on July 1, 2013 after serving as chair-elect for the past year. Steve has been apprenticing this year under the welcoming mentoring of the current Chair, Sam Allen. Joining Steve as faculty officers this summer will be John Belcher (Associate Chair) and Susan Silbey (Secretary).

Steve grew up in Florida, living in a half dozen towns throughout the central part of the state before graduating from high school in St. Petersburg. Living in Florida at the height of the space race, he developed an interest in aircraft and rockets early in life. 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. He was a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Michigan from 1992–93.

Steve’s research interests have been in aerospace controls systems, including flexible space structure control, control of noise and vibration, especially in helicopters, and the development of smart material actuators. He is the coauthor of seven patents, mostly in the area of smart material actuation, but also one in washing machine design.

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.

Steve is currently the Associate Housemaster 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 with him at Simmons Hall and is a graduate student at Emerson College. His son Michael lives in nearby Watertown. Steve is a certificated pilot, and enjoys flying his plane on weekends and on vacations.

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