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Standing Committees

SEAS Standing Committees 2020-21


Allston Space Program Faculty Leads

  • Robert Howe (Faculty Lead)
  • David Parkes (Faculty Lead)
  • Robert Wood (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 implement goals of the SEAS five-year strategic plan developed to increase the diversity of SEAS and cultivate a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all stakeholder groups. The strategic plan outlines how SEAS defines diversity and inclusion; articulates a rationale; and formulates 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)
  • Diane Schneeberger (Co-Vice-Chair)
  • Steve Wofsy (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)
  • Michael Brenner
  • Fawwaz Habbal
  • Boris Kozinsky
  • Zhiming Kuang
  • Prineha Narang
  • David Parkes
  • Hanspeter Pfister
  • Christopher Rycroft
  • James Waldo

Participating administrators: Cathy Chute, 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
  • 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. (Listed in order of area.)

  • Cengiz Pehlevan (AM)
  • Federico Capasso (AP)
  • Les Valiant (CS)
  • Efthimios Kaxiras (CSE)
  • Xiao-Li Meng (Data Science, Co-DGS)
  • David Parkes (Data Science, Co-DGS)
  • Fawwaz Habbal (ES)
  • Robin Wordsworth (ESE, Co-DGS)
  • Eli Tziperman (ESE, Co-DGS)


Director of Undergraduate Studies

Serves as primary contact for applicable undergraduate concentration regarding advising and curricular issues. (Listed in order of area.)

  • Shlomo Gortler (AM, Co-DUS)
  • Sarah Iams (AM, Co-DUS)
  • Margo Levine (AM, Co-DUS)
  • Demba Ba (BIO)
  • Boaz Barak (CS, Co-DUS)
  • Stephen Chong (CS, Co-DUS)
  • Gu-Yeon Wei (EE)
  • Elsie Sunderland (ESE)
  • Zhiming Kuang (ES)
  • Katia Bertoldi (MSME)


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 and Cambridge.

  • Frank Doyle (Chair)
  • Tim Bowman
  • Anas Chalah
  • Cathy Chute
  • Fawwaz Habbal
  • Kim Harris
  • Crate Herbert
  • Paul Karoff
  • Pam Redfern
  • Leslie Schaffer
  • 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 (fall)
  • Scot Martin
  • Leslie Schaffer

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.

  • Emma Dench (Oversight Dean)
  • Xiao-Li Meng (Co-Chair)
  • David Parkes (Co-Chair)
  • Demba Ba
  • Joseph Blitzstein
  • Mark Glickman
  • Shlomo Gortler
  • Efthimios Kaxiras
  • Jun Liu
  • Shirley Liu
  • Yue Lu
  • Hanspeter Pfister
  • Milind Tambe
  • James Waldo
  • Alan Zaslavsky
  • Neil Shephard ex officio
  • Eddie Kohler ex officio

Participating administrators/other participants: Kevin Rader (Statistics, Senior Preceptor); IACS: Cathy Chute, Pavlos Protopapas, Daniel Weinstock


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.

  • Cengiz Pehlevan (AM Co-Chair)
  • Les Valiant (CS Co-Chair)
  • John Girash (E-O)
  • Elena Glassman
  • Ann Greaney-Williams (E-O)
  • HT Kung
  • Margo Levine
  • James Mickens
  • Madhu Sudan

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)
  • John Girash (E-O)
  • Ann Greaney-Williams (E-O)
  • Prineha Narang
  • Sharad Ramanathan
  • Frans Spaepen
  • Robert Westervelt (fall)

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)



Higher Degrees (BIO) Subcommittee

  • David Mooney
  • Maxim Prighozin


Higher Degrees (EE) Subcommittee

  • Flavio Calmon
  • Na Li (fall)


Higher Degrees (ESE) Subcommittee

  • Eli Tziperman
  • Robin Wordsworth


Higher Degrees (MSME) Subcommittee

  • Frans Spaepen
  • Zhigang Suo
  • Joost Vlassak


Master in Design Engineering (MDE) Program Co-Directors

  • Joanna Aizenberg (co-SEAS Director)
  • Fawwaz Habbal (co-SEAS Director)
  • Martin Bechtold 

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
  • John Girash
  • Fawwaz Habbal
  • 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)
  • Michael Aziz (MSME Area Chair)
  • Tim Bowman
  • Fawwaz Habbal
  • Paul Karoff (E-O)
  • Eddie Kohler (CS Area Chair)
  • L. Mahadevan (AM Area Chair)
  • Eric Mazur (AP Area Chair)
  • Samir Mitragotri (BIO Area Chair)
  • Diane Schneeberger (E-O)
  • Steve Wofsy (ESE Area Chair)
  • Alexis Stokes (E-O)
  • 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)
  • Demba Ba (BIO)
  • Katia Bertoldi (MSME)
  • Anas Chalah (E-O)
  • Fawwaz Habbal
  • Christopher Lombardo (E-O)
  • Linsey Moyer (E-O)
  • Elsie Sunderland (ESE)
  • Patrick Ulrich (E-O)
  • Gu-Yeon Wei (EE)

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

  • Quantitative Biology Initiative: Vinothan Manoharan (Co-Director), Sharad Ramanathan (Co-Director)
  • 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)
  • HUCE: Daniel Schrag (Director)
  • IACS: Efthimios Kaxiras (Faculty Director)
  • LInc: Fawwaz Habbal (Admin Director), Eric Mazur (Faculty Director)
  • MRSEC: Jennifer Lewis (Director)
  • Harvard Quantum Initiative: Evelyn Hu (Co-Director)
  • Wyss: Donald Ingber (Founding Director)