Visiting Speakers

Janet Rankin

Associate Director for Teaching Initiatives, Teaching and Learning Lab

Seminar for International Faculty Fellows

As part of the TLL team, Dr. Rankin works with faculty and departments to integrate efforts to promote better learning at MIT with departmental needs and constraints.

Janet Rankin received her Sc.B. in Engineering from Brown University in 1983, and her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989. From 1989 until 1991, she was a staff scientist at Oak Ridge National Lab, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Dr. Rankin was a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe College during the 1991-92 academic year. She received a Visiting Professorship for Women Award from the National Science Foundation which funded her research at Brown during the 1993-1995 academic years. Her current research is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. From 1998 to 2000, Dr. Rankin worked in the Dean of the College Office at Brown, as Coordinator of the ExSEL Program (a program to support and encourage the participation of traditionally under-represented minorities in math and science disciplines).

Dr. Rankin teaches a variety of Materials Science courses as well as general courses in the Engineering Core at Brown University. She is interested in project-based learning methods, improving learning in large-classes, and interdisciplinary learning and teaching.


Peter Dourmashkin

Senior Lecturer, Physics and Associate Director, Experimental Study Group

Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL)”

Peter Dourmashkin is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics and Associate Director of the Experimental Study Group at MIT. He has been actively involved in undergraduate education at MIT since 1984, and has presented results of the TEAL Project at the annual meetings of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the American Physical Society. Previous to his involvement with the TEAL Project, Dr. Dourmashkin worked with Prof. John King of the MIT Physics Department to develop two experimental physics courses, 8.01X and 8.02X for first-year students. He has also developed a Physics Teaching Workshop and follow-up Seminar, Physics Teaching, which is a required course for all new graduate teaching assistants in the Physics Department.


Christine Kelly

Senior Lecturer, Managerial Communication, Sloan School

Seminar for International Faculty Fellows

Christine Kelly teaches management communication; communication as advocacy in workplace relationships; and organizational communication. She specializes in individual effectiveness in relation to interpersonal and communication skills, and learning and performance. Kelly has been involved in professional development programs for executives and business faculty from all over the world. In her work with managers, she draws on theater education and experience to create exercises to extend and enhance communication styles.


David Wallace

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems; MacVicar Faculty Fellow

“Active Learning at MIT”

Dr. Wallace received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering Design from MIT. His research interests include environmentally-conscious product design, integrated computer-aided design, industrial design and aesthetics, and product design and new media education. His teaching interests are in the areas of product design, industrial design, environmentally-conscious design and visual communication. He has received a number of awards, including the ASME International Design Engineering Division, Design for Manufacturing Committee IBM Best Paper Award for Integrating Environmental Impact Assessment into Product Design.

Dr. Wallace has published numerous articles in publications that include The Journal of Industrial Ecology, the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, the Proceedings of the ASME DT Conferences, the International Journal of Product Design and Process Development, the Journal of the Chemical Engineering Society of Japan, and Computer-aided Design. Many articles are available on the MIT CADlab website.

 Alan WhiteAlan White

Senior Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer, Sloan School


Alan White’s expertise in international activities and human resource management and marketing provide solid grounding in overseeing the directors of all MIT Sloan programs, as well as the offices and services that support them. White is also responsible for MIT Sloan’s international activities and is currently directing activities in China.

In addition to his MIT Sloan commitments, he serves on the boards of several prestigious organizations, including Management Sciences for Health,, Ceridian, and SBS Technologies. He is active in matters related to corporate governance.


Ed RobertsEd Roberts

David Sarnoff Professor, Management of Technology, Sloan School


During the past 45 years, Ed Roberts has become internationally known for his research, teaching and active involvement in many aspects of technology management, including technology strategy, corporate venturing, product innovation management, and technology-based entrepreneurship. He served as co-director of the MIT International Center for Research on the Management of Technology.

Roberts was a founding member of the MIT System Dynamics Group, is Founder and Chair of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, and was a founder and for more than 30 years chaired MIT Sloan’s Management of Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group. He co-founded and for nearly 20 years chaired the mid-career MIT Management of Technology (MOT) Program. Most recently he co-created and directs the MIT Sloan Entrepreneurship & Innovation MBA Track.

Roberts has been a co-founder and/or director of numerous emerging technology companies. He has authored more than 160 articles and eleven books, and holds 4 degrees from MIT.


Jesus del AlamoJesus del Alamo

Donner Professor, MacVicar Faculty Fellow and Professor of Electrical Engineering

“Working with Graduate Students”

Jesús del Alamo is Donner Professor, MacVicar Faculty Fellow and Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Professor del Alamo leads a research program on Si and compound semiconductor transistor technologies for RF, microwave and millimeter wave applications. His students have recently fabricated nanometer-scale transistors with world record high frequency operation. Professor del Alamo is also investigating the use of III-V compound semiconductors to enable a new generation of deeply scaled transistors for future digital applications. His goal is to extend Moore’s law using III-V semiconductors.

 Professor del Alamo is the founder of the iLab Project at MIT that is investigating the technology and pedagogy of online laboratories for science and engineering education. These are real experimental facilities that can be accessed through the internet from a regular web browser. His team has developed laboratory set ups for electrical engineering education that have been accessed by thousands of students from around the world. He has played a leadership role in the creation of the MIT iLab Architecture, a toolkit of reusable modules and a set of standardized protocols to facilitate the rapid development and effective managements of iLabs. In collaboration with three Sub-Saharan universities, Professor del Alamo is exploring the potential of iLabs to enhance science and engineering education in developing countries.

Amy StoutAmy Stout

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Librarian

“Getting the Most Out of the MIT Library System”

 Amy came to the MIT Libraries in 2005. Prior to MIT Amy was the Digital Systems and Services Coordinator for the MBLWHOI Library in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Amy can help you with electrical engineering and computer science-related questions, bioinformatics tools, data management questions, and much more. Whether you are looking for the perfect resources for your thesis or tracking down tricky citations, Amy can help. 

Tony Eng

Senior Lecturer, EECS

“Introduction to Presentation Skills”

Tony Eng finished his degrees at MIT and is now a Senior Lecturer in EECS. He has been involved with 6.001 (Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs) for a number of years, and now heads 6.UAT, Course VI’s answer to the Institute’s call for increased communication in the undergraduate curriculum. He has also taught 6.A53 and 6.088. His background (Computer Science, Biology, and Math), and his previous areas of research (Networking, Cryptography, Computation and Biology, and Text Mining) are symptomatic of an individual who gets bored easily. He has a passion for learning about and trying new things, such as how to teach a non-technical Course VI class. An explorer and dilettante at heart, he’ll try most things once, so feel free to add new ideas and activities to his list.


Daniel Dardani

Technology Licensing Officer, Technology Licensing Office

“Licensing/Commercializing Technologies”

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