Standing Committees

AY 18-19 Standing Committees

Allston Space Program Faculty Leads
Robert Howe (Faculty Lead)
David Parkes (Faculty Lead)
Robert Wood (Faculty Lead)

Cambridge Space Program Faculty Leads
Evelyn Hu (Faculty Lead)
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

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)
Krzysztof Gajos (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 (Spring)
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
Scott Kuindersma
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)
Yiling Chen (AM)
Fawwaz Habbal (ES)
Efthimios Kaxiras (CSE)
Elsie Sunderland (Co-DGS ESE, Spring)
Eli Tziperman (Co-DGS ESE)
Leslie Valiant (CS, Spring)
Steven Wofsy (Co-DGS ESE, Fall)

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Serves as primary contact for applicable undergraduate concentration regarding advising and curricular issues.
Michael Aziz (MSME)
Boaz Barak (CS, Co-DUS)
Stephen Chong (CS, Co-DUS)
Steven Gortler (AM, Co-DUS)
Frank Keutsch (ESE)
Zhiming Kuang (ES)
Marko Loncar (EE)
Daniel Needleman (BIO)
Elie Tamer (AM, Co-DUS)

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 the fundraising campaign, including financial relationships with FAS, other Schools and the Center, and enhanced space, financial, and campus planning for Allston and the Campaign.
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
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
David Mooney

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)
Joseph Blitzstein
Finale Doshi-Velez
Mark Glickman
Efthimios Kaxiras
Susan Murphy
Hanspeter Pfister
Natesh Pillai
Neil Shephard
Salil Vadhan
James Waldo
Christopher Winship

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

FAS Standing Subcommittee on the MS/MBA program
Oversees all academic and curricular issues related to the MS/MBA program
Thomas Eisenmann (Co-Chair)
Robert Howe (Co-Chair)
Srikant Datar
Fawwaz Habbal
Carl Kester
Conor Walsh

Participating administrators: Sheila Coveney, Jill Fadule, David Hwang, Jana Kierstead

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)
David Brooks (Fall)
Yiling Chen
Anna Dunavin (Recording)
John Girash (E-O)
Ann Greaney-Williams (E-O)
Fawwaz Habbal
David Hwang (E-O)
Efthimios Kaxiras
James Rice
Elsie Sunderland (Spring)
Eli Tziperman (Spring)
Leslie Valiant (Spring)
Daniel Weinstock (E-O)
Steven Wofsy (Fall)

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)
Leslie Valiant (Co-Chair, Spring)
Ariel Amir (Spring)
John Girash (E-O)
Ann Greaney-Williams (E-O)
David Hwang (E-O)
Stratos Idreos
HT Kung
Margo Levine
James Mickens

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)
Lene Hau (Fall)
Jenny Hoffman
David Hwang (E-O)
Philip Kim
Frans Spaepen

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 (Fall)
        Jennifer Lewis
        Jia Liu (Spring)

        Higher Degrees (EE) SubCommittee
        Demba Ba (Spring)
        Yue Lu

        Higher Degrees (ESE) SubCommittee
        Brian Farrell (Fall)
        Elsie Sunderland (Spring)
        Eli Tziperman (Spring)
        Steven Wofsy (Fall)

        Higher Degrees (MSME) SubCommittee
        Xin Li
        Frans Spaepen

MDE Program
Martin Bechtold (Faculty Co-Director)
Fawwaz Habbal (Faculty Co-Director)

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 Brooks (EE Area Chair, Spring)
David Clarke (MSME Area Chair)
Fawwaz Habbal
Paul Karoff (E-O)
Efthimios Kaxiras (AM Co-Area Chair)
L. Mahadevan (AM Co-Area Chair)
Eric Mazur (AP Area Chair)
Samir Mitragotri (BIO Area Chair)
Michael Mitzenmacher (CS Co-Area Chair)
Diane Schneeberger (E-O)
Daniel Schrag (ESE Area Chair)
Salil Vadhan (CS Co-Area Chair)
Todd Zickler (EE Area Chair, Fall)

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 (Chair)
Michael Aziz
Anas Chalah (E-O)
Anna Dunavin (Recording)
Fawwaz Habbal
David Hwang (E-O)
Frank Keutsch
Christopher Lombardo (E-O)
Marko Loncar
Linsey Moyer (E-O)
Daniel Needleman
Patrick Ulrich (E-O)

Some committees are not yet listed since they are still being constituted/finalized (e.g., Engineering SB Advisory Committee, Interdisciplinary Committee on Applied Math, MDE Steering Committee, Bioengineering Graduate Admissions Subcommittee). As updates are made to these and other committees, they will be posted to the SEAS website.


AY 18-19 SEAS/Harvard Centers/Initiatives Directors or Co-Directors

Center for Quantitative Biology: Vinny Manoharan (Co-Director)
China Project: Michael McElroy (Chair)
CIQM: Robert Westervelt (Director)
CNS: Robert Westervelt (Director)
CRCS: James Waldo (Faculty Director)
Data Science Initiative: David Parkes (Co-Director)
HUCE: Peter Huybers (Co-Director), Daniel Schrag (Director)
IACS: Efthimios Kaxiras (Faculty Director)
Kavli: Joanna Aizenberg (Co-Director)
LInc: Fawwaz Habbal (Admin Director), Eric Mazur (Faculty Director)
MRSEC: TBD (Director)
Quantitative Science and Engineering Initiative: Evelyn Hu (Co-Director)
FAS Standing Committee on Women:  Jenny Hoffman, Krzysztof Gajos, Elsie Sunderland
Rowland: Cynthia Friend (Director)
Wyss: Donald Ingber (Founding Director)