dean of the School of Engineering and Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Ph.D. - UC Berkeley.
Anantha P Chandrakasan is the dean of the School of Engineering and Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Born in Chennai, India, Chandrakasan moved to the United States during high school. His mother, a biochemist, was a Fulbright Scholar. He received a Bachelor of Science in 1989, a Master of Science in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences in 1994 from the University of California, Berkeley.
In 1994, Chandrakasan joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at MIT. He was the head of the EECS department from 2011 to 2017, when he was appointed dean of MIT’s School of Engineering. His research focuses on the energy efficiency of electronic circuits. Early on in his research career, he worked on low-power chips for portable computers, which helped lead to the development of technology in small, energy-constrained devices like smartphones.
Chandrakasan leads the MIT Energy-Efficient Circuits and Systems Group, which works on a variety of projects such as ultra-low power biomedical devices, energy-efficient processors, wireless authentication tags. The group also works on projects that involving circuit design, wireless charging, security hardware, and energy harvesting in Internet of Things devices.
He became a National Academy of Engineering member in 2015 and an American Academy of Arts and Sciences member in 2019. Chandrakasan is an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) fellow, and was conference chair of the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) from 2010-2018. He has been recognized as having the highest number of publications in the history of the conference.
Honors and Awards
- 1995 IBM Faculty Development Award
- 1996, 1997 National Semiconductor Faculty Development Awards
- 1997 IEEE Electron Devices Society’s Paul Rappaport Award
- 2005 NSF Career Development Award
- 2007 ISSCC Beatrice Winner Award for Editorial Excellence
- 2009 Semiconductor Industry Association University Researcher Award
- 2013 IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits
- 2016 Honorary doctorate from KU Leuven
- 2017 UC Berkeley EE Distinguished Alumni Award