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Standing Committees

Academic Year 2019-20

Allston Space Program Faculty Leads

  • Robert Howe (Faculty Lead)
  • David Parkes (Faculty Lead)
  • Robert Wood (Faculty Lead)

Cambridge Space Program Faculty Leads

  • Frank Keutsch (Faculty Lead)
  • Robert Westervelt (Faculty Lead)


Committee for Higher Level Award Nominations

Identify candidates from SEAS faculty for high level awards (e.g., NAE, NAS, etc.).

  • Frank Doyle (Chair)
  • Evelyn Hu
  • David Mooney
  • Venky Narayanamurti
  • Madhu Sudan


Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

To create a long-term (e.g., five-year) strategic plan that is based on qualitative and quantitative data and evidence-based best practices, for increasing the diversity of SEAS and cultivating a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all stakeholder groups. The strategic plan will: outline how SEAS defines diversity and inclusion; articulate a rationale; and formulate specific, measurable goals. The committee will also develop strategies, initiatives, and programs that will advance the diversity goals, and assist relevant offices, departments, and stakeholder groups with the systematic implementation of the plan. In addition, the committee is charged with creating opportunities for community-wide engagement and feedback, as well as continuous assessment and updating of the SEAS Diversity Strategic Plan. The full list of committee members can be found here.

  • Alexis Stokes (Chair)
  • TBD (Co-Vice-Chair)
  • Diane Schneeberger (Co-Vice-Chair)


Computational Science and Engineering Program Committee

The Program Committee for Computational Science and Engineering plans and supervises academic degree programs offered under the umbrella of IACS. The committee is responsible for admission and advising and serves as the Committee on Higher Degrees for the Master of Science, Master of Engineering and Secondary Field in CSE.

  • Efthimios Kaxiras (Chair)
  • Katia Bertoldi
  • Michael Brenner
  • Fawwaz Habbal
  • Boris Kozinsky
  • Zhiming Kuang
  • Prineha Narang
  • David Parkes
  • Hanspeter Pfister
  • Christopher Rycroft
  • James Waldo

Participating administrators: Cathy Chute, David Hwang, Pavlos Protopapas, Daniel Weinstock


Computing Advisory Committee

Oversees SEAS computing strategic priorities, policies, and resource allocation.

  • James Waldo (Chair)
  • Tim Bowman
  • Fawwaz Habbal
  • Daniel Jacob
  • Hanspeter Pfister
  • Robert Sproull
  • Robin Wordsworth


Director of Graduate Studies

Serves as primary contact for applicable graduate program regarding curricular issues, policy exceptions and petitions, and advisor issues. Ordinarily chairs the applicable CHD.

  • David Brooks (CS, Fall)
  • Federico Capasso (AP, Fall)
  • Yiling Chen (AM)
  • Fawwaz Habbal (ES)
  • Efthimios Kaxiras (CSE)
  • Xiao-Li Meng (Data Science, Co-DGS)
  • David Parkes (Data Science, Co-DGS)
  • Elsie Sunderland (ESE, Co-DGS)
  • Eli Tziperman (ESE, Co-DGS)
  • Les Valiant (CS, Spring)
  • Amir Yacoby (AP, Spring)


Director of Undergraduate Studies

Serves as primary contact for applicable undergraduate concentration regarding advising and curricular issues.

  • Boaz Barak (CS, Co-DUS)
  • Katia Bertoldi (MSME)
  • Jeremy Bloxham (AM, Co-DUS)
  • Stephen Chong (CS, Co-DUS)
  • Shlomo Gortler (AM, Co-DUS)
  • Frank Keutsch (ESE)
  • Zhiming Kuang (ES, Fall)
  • Conor Walsh (BIO)
  • Gu-Yeon Wei (EE) (ES, Spring)


Executive Team

Oversees planning for all strategic aspects of the organization, including: finance and budget, administration and staffing, physical resources and space, IT, resource development, communications, and fundraising, including financial relationships with FAS, other Schools and the Center, and enhanced space, financial, and campus planning for Allston.

  • Frank Doyle (Chair)
  • Annmarie Allen
  • Tim Bowman
  • Anas Chalah
  • Cathy Chute
  • Tim Fater
  • Fawwaz Habbal
  • Crate Herbert
  • David Hwang
  • Paul Karoff
  • Pam Redfern
  • Diane Schneeberger
  • Madhu Sudan
  • James Waldo


Faculty Resource Advisory Committee

Representing the faculty, advise the Dean on financial resource matters, and assist the Dean in communicating financial information to the faculty.

  • Frank Doyle (Chair)
  • Michael Aziz
  • Tim Bowman
  • David Brooks
  • Tim Fater
  • Scot Martin


FAS Standing Committee on Higher Degrees in Data Science

Administers the master’s program leading to the S.M. degree in Data Science, including oversight of curriculum, advising, program assessment, administration, and student outcomes. It also oversees the secondary field in Data Science for Ph.D. students.

  • Xiao-Li Meng (Co-Chair)
  • David Parkes (Co-Chair)
  • Demba Ba
  • Joseph Blitzstein
  • Finale Doshi-Velez
  • Mark Glickman
  • Shlomo Gortler
  • Efthimios Kaxiras
  • Jun Liu
  • Shirley Liu
  • Yue Lu (on leave Fall semester 2019)
  • Hanspeter Pfister
  • James Waldo
  • Alan Zaslavsky
  • Neil Shephard ex officio
  • Eddie Kohler ex officio

Participating administrators/other participants: Cathy Chute, David Hwang, Pavlos Protopapas, Daniel Weinstock, Kevin Rader


Graduate Education Policy (GEPC)

Reviews plans for graduate educational program development and policy issues related to graduate mentoring, progress towards degree, course requirements, TF personnel issues, thesis and quals, etc. for PhD and master’s programs. Responsible for graduate student policies as noted in the CHD policy document.

  • Federico Capasso (Chair, Fall)
  • Les Valiant (Chair, Spring)
  • David Brooks (Fall)
  • Yiling Chen
  • John Girash (E-O)
  • Ann Greaney-Williams (E-O)
  • Fawwaz Habbal
  • David Hwang (E-O)
  • Efthimios Kaxiras
  • James Rice
  • Elsie Sunderland (Fall)
  • Eli Tziperman (Spring)
  • Daniel Weinstock (E-O)
  • Amir Yacoby (Spring)


Higher Degrees (CHD) (Applied Math/Computer Science)

Reviews and approves program plans of PhD and master's students. Approves PhD student requests for delaying the qualifying exam. Assigns the Dean's nominee to PhD qualifying exam committee.

  • David Brooks (Co-Chair, Fall)
  • Yiling Chen (Co-Chair)
  • Les Valiant (Co-Chair, Spring)
  • Cynthia Dwork
  • John Girash (E-O)
  • Ann Greaney-Williams (E-O)
  • David Hwang (E-O)
  • HT Kung
  • Margo Levine
  • James Mickens
  • Cengiz Pehlevan


Higher Degrees (CHD) (Applied Physics)

Reviews and approves program plans of PhD and master's students. Approves PhD student requests for delaying the qualifying exam. Assigns the Dean's nominee to PhD qualifying exam committee.

  • Federico Capasso (Chair, Fall)
  • Amir Yacoby (Chair, Spring)
  • John Girash (E-O)
  • Ann Greaney-Williams (E-O)
  • David Hwang (E-O)
  • Prineha Narang
  • Sharad Ramanathan
  • Frans Spaepen (Fall)
  • Robert Westervelt


Higher Degrees (CHD) (Engineering Sciences)

Reviews and approves program plans of PhD and master's students. Approves PhD student requests for delaying the qualifying exam. Assigns the Dean's nominee to PhD qualifying exam committee.

  • Fawwaz Habbal (Chair)
  • John Girash (E-O)
  • Ann Greaney-Williams (E-O)
  • David Hwang (E-O) 



Higher Degrees (BIO) Subcommittee

  • Joanna Aizenberg
  • Jennifer Lewis            

Higher Degrees (EE) Subcommittee

  • Flavio Calmon
  • Vijay Reddi

Higher Degrees (ESE) Subcommittee

  • Elsie Sunderland
  • Eli Tziperman             

Higher Degrees (MSME) Subcommittee

  • Xin Li

  • Joost Vlassak


Master in Design Engineering (MDE) Program Co-Directors

  • Fawwaz Habbal

  • Martin Bechthold


MS/MBA Program Steering Committee

Oversees all academic and curricular issues related to the MS/MBA program.

  • Thomas Eisenmann (Co-Chair)
  • Robert Howe (Co-Chair)
  • Sheila Coveney
  • Srikant Datar
  • Jill Fadule
  • Fawwaz Habbal
  • David Hwang
  • Carl Kester
  • Jana Kierstead
  • Conor Walsh


Steering Committee

Advises the Dean on strategic academic and administrative planning; reviews search and promotion reports prior to full faculty deliberations; monitors tenure-track faculty progress, mentoring committees, and advises the Dean on special cases; prepares one- and three-year teaching plans; reviews space and financial strategic plans.

  • Frank Doyle (Chair)
  • Tim Bowman
  • David Clarke (MSME Area Chair)
  • Fawwaz Habbal
  • Paul Karoff (E-O)
  • Efthimios Kaxiras (AM Co-Area Chair)
  • Eddie Kohler (CS Area Chair)
  • L. Mahadevan (AM Co-Area Chair)
  • Eric Mazur (AP Area Chair)
  • Diane Schneeberger (E-O)
  • Daniel Schrag (ESE Area Chair)
  • Robert Wood (BIO Area Chair)
  • Todd Zickler (EE Area Chair)


Undergraduate Engineering Committee (UEC)

Oversees all engineering concentration policies (and serves as the College's ES concentration committee), including their management, relevant course content including engineering content for ABET, learning outcomes, and preparation for ABET reviews (including meeting with the advisory committee). Proposes new policies or changes such as course numbering, requirements and desired learning outcomes for prerequisite courses for engineering concentrations and grade requirements.

  • Zhiming Kuang (ES, Chair-Fall)
  • Gu-Yeon Wei (EE) (ES, Chair-Spring)
  • Katia Bertoldi (MSME)
  • Anas Chalah (E-O)
  • Fawwaz Habbal
  • David Hwang (E-O)
  • Frank Keutsch (ESE)
  • Christopher Lombardo (E-O)
  • Linsey Moyer (E-O)
  • Conor Walsh (BIO)
  • Patrick Ulrich (E-O)


Undergraduate Technology Innovation Fellows Program

  • Tom Eisenman (Co-Director)
  • Hanspeter Pfister (Co-Director)


SEAS/Harvard Centers/Initiatives Directors or Co-Directors who are SEAS faculty

  • China Project: Michael McElroy (Chair)
  • CIQM: Robert Westervelt (Director)
  • CNS: Robert Westervelt (Director)
  • CRCS: Milind Tambe (Faculty Director)
  • Data Science Initiative: David Parkes (Co-Director), Hanspeter Pfister (Steering Committee)
  • Harvard Quantum Initiative: Evelyn Hu (Co-Director)
  • HUCE: Daniel Schrag (Director)
  • IACS: Efthimios Kaxiras (Faculty Director)
  • Kavli: Joanna Aizenberg (Co-Director)
  • LInc: Fawwaz Habbal (Admin Director), Eric Mazur (Faculty Director)
  • MRSEC: Jennifer Lewis (Co-Director), David Weitz (Co-Director)
  • Quantitative Biology Initiative: Vinothan Manoharan (Co-Director), Sharad Ramanathan (Co-Director)
  • Wyss: Donald Ingber (Founding Director)