The awardees this year are Srinivas Devadas, the Edwin Sibley Webster Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Jeffrey Grossman, professor of materials science and engineering; Michael Sipser, dean of the School of Science and professor of mathematics; and Patricia Tang, an associate professor of music and theater arts.
After earning a BA in physics at Johns Hopkins University, Grossman completed his MS and PhD, also in physics, at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
He was appointed assistant professor at MIT in 2009, associate professor with tenure in 2011, and full professor in 2014.
"It's an incredible honor to be selected as a MacVicar Fellow - and it's also a daily privilege to teach MIT
's outstanding undergraduate students," Grossman
A student nominator described how Grossman
helped him when he
was struggling to understand the implications of the wave function.
"One of his
most effective tools is his
ability to connect the abstract to its tangible manifestation in the real world ...
saw that I needed to take a step back from the board and look at the big picture, so to speak.
Upon observing the macroscope, he
showed me that the wave function is the link between probability distributions and the behavior of electrons in molecules.
The pieces of the puzzle finally fell into place."
Another student summed up his appreciation for Grossman in this way: "There is nothing better as a student than a professor who conveys passion and excitement about what they are teaching, and Professor Grossman does that better than anyone else I have met at MIT."
"Srini and Jeff are dynamic and energetic professors," says Ian Waitz, dean of the School of Engineering.