Research shows the success of a bacterial community depends on its shape.
Three young faculty members in the School of Engineering have been named to career development professorships. The announcements were made by Provost Mark S. Wrighton.
Anne M. Mayes of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering has been selected to hold the Class of 1948 Career Development Professorship.
Kevin N. Otto of the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been named to the Robert N. Noyce Career Development Professorship.
Shi-Chang Wooh of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has been selected to be an Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Assistant Professor.
All the appointments are for three-year terms.
Professor Mayes joined the MIT faculty in January 1993 after two years as a visiting scientist at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA.
A professor of polymer physics, she holds the SB degree in materials science and engineering from MIT (1986) and the PhD in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston (1991).
Her research group of four graduate students, one undergraduate and a postdoctoral fellow is involved in theoretical and experimental investigations of polymer systems, with a special focus on block copolymers and surface and interface modification. Professor Myers is a recipient of an NSF Young Investigator Award.
Professor Otto, who holds the BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota (1987) and the PhD in engineering and applied science from the California Institute of Technology (1992), joined MIT in 1992.
His research and teaching are focused on developing and using engineering and manufacturing based structured methods for product development. He is active in the Leaders for Manufacturing research program.
Professor Wooh, who has been at MIT since October 1994, holds the BS degree in mechanical engineering from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea (1981), the MS in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology (1984), and the PhD in theoretical and applied mechanics from Northwestern University, Evanston (1989).
From 1992-94 he was a research scientist-assistant professor at Northwestern, where his research and teaching involved nondestructive evaluation and mechanics of composite materials including thick polymer composites, ceramic matrix composites and metal matrix composites.
He is currently teaching Design of Steel Structures and will teach Nondestructive Evaluation of Materials and Structures.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 10, 1995.