In a new book, MIT’s Ethan Zuckerman asserts that we need to overcome the Internet’s sorting tendencies and create tools to make ourselves ‘digital cosmopolitans.’
Four young faculty members have been named to career development chairs.
Professors V. Michael Bove and Michael J. Hawley, both of Media Arts and Sciences, have been selected to be the inaugural holders of Alex W. Dreyfoos Jr. Career Development Professorships. Mr. Dreyfoos is a member of the Class of 1954.
Professor Elfatih A.B. Eltahir of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has been named a recipient of a Gilbert Winslow Career Development Chair.
Professor Seth Lloyd of the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been selected to hold the Finmeccanica Career Development Professorship of Engineering.
Professor Bove's research involves digital television, particularly scalable signal formats and system architectures, machine vision, image compression, multimedia systems and image processing for hard copy. He received the SB (1983) degree in electrical engineering, the SM (1985) in visual studies and the PhD (1989) in media technology, all from MIT. He joined the faculty in 1989 and has been an associate professor of media technology since July 1993.
Professor Hawley, whose principal fields of interest are digital entertainment media, operating systems and human interfaces, received the BS/BA degree (1983) from Yale University and the PhD (1993) from MIT. He was a researcher with Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1979-83, a visiting researcher with IRCAM in 1983-1984, a research scientist with Lucasfilm, Ltd., from 1984-86, and a software engineer with NeXT Computer, Inc., from 1987-1993. He was a research associate at the Media Lab from September 1986 until 1993 when he joined the faculty.
Professor Eltahir's research interests include environmental data analysis, surface hydrology, hydroclimatology and the impact of deforestation on climate. He holds the BSc degree (1985) from the University of Khartoum, the MS (1988) from the National University of Ireland and the SM and the ScD, both from MIT in 1993. He joined the faculty in 1994. He received a NASA fellowship in global change research in 1991. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society and the Sudan Engineering Society.
Professor Lloyd's research areas include nanoscale information processing, memory simulators, digital computation, quantum mechanical effects and the physics of information. He holds the BA degree (1982) from Harvard, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics (1983) and the MPhil (1984) in history and philosophy of science, both from Cambridge University, and the PhD (1988) in theoretical physics from Rockefeller University. Before joining MIT he was a director's postdoctoral fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and at the California Institute of Technology.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 6, 1996.