Mildred S. Dresselhaus
Dr. Mildred S. Dresselhaus
MIT Room 13-3005
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
MIT Telephone: 617-253-6864
Born: November 11, 1930, Brooklyn, New York
- A. B., Hunter College, 1951, Summa Cum Laude
- Newnham College, Cambridge University (England); Fullbright
- A.M., Radcliffe College, 1953
- Ph. D., University of Chicago, 1958; Bell Telephone Laboratory
- NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University, 1958-60
- Staff Member, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, 1960-67
- Abby Rockefeller Mauze Chair as Visiting Professor, MIT Department of
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 1967-68;
Permanent Holder of Chair, 1973-1985
- Professor, MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer
- Professor, MIT Department of Physics, 1983-2007
- President of the American Physical Society, 1984
- Institute Professor, 1985-2007 (on leave to serve in Department of Energy
August 2000 - January 2001)
- Institute Professor emeritus, 2007-present
- Associate Department Head of Electrical Engineering in the MIT Department of
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 1972-74
- Director, MIT Center for Materials Science and Engineering, 1977-83
- Treasurer, US National Academy of Sciences, 1992-1996
- President, American Association for the Advancement of
- Chairmen of the Board, American Assosciation for the Advancement
of Science, 1998-1999
- Director, Office of Science, US Department of Energy, August 2000 - January 2001
Mildred S. Dresselhaus is currently reitred one of twelve Institute Professors at MIT.
She previously held the Abby Rockefeller Mauze Chair at MIT in Electrical Engineering and
Physics, and was formerly the Director of the Center for Materials Science and Engineering,
at MIT. She has been active in the study of a wide range of
problems in the physics of solids. Her recent interests have been directed toward the
study of the structure and properties of carbon fibers, fullerenes, carbon
nanotubes, bismuth nanotubes and low dimensional thermoelectric materials.
Honors and Awards:
- Awarded National Medal of Science, November 1990
- 21 Honorary Degrees
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1976; Smith College, 1980; Hunter College, 1982;
New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1984; Université Catholique de Louvain,
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 1988; State University of New Jersey, Rutgers, 1989;
University of Massachusetts at Boston, 1992; University of Connecticut, 1992;
Princeton University, 1992; Colorado School of Mines, 1993; Johannes Kepler
Universitat Linz, Austria, 1993; The Technion, Haifa, Israel, 1994; Harvard
University, 1995; Ohio State University, 1998; University of Paris, Sorbonne, 1999;
Columbia University, 1999; Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2000,
Northwestern University, 2003; Weizmann Institute, 2003; University of Michigan,2005; George Washington University, 2005;
University of Pennsylvania, 2007; University of Arkansas, Little Rock,2007.
- Abby Rockefeller Mauze Professor of Electrical
- Institute Professor MIT, 1985-2007
- MIT Killian Faculty Award, 1986
- Hunter College: Hall of Fame Award, 1972
- Radcliffe College Alumni Medal, 1973
- Elected to Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1974
- Elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering, 1974
- Corresponding Member, Brazilian Academy of Sciences, 1976
- Society of Women Engineers Achievement Award, 1977
- Elected to Council of National Academy of
- Elected President of the American Physical Society, 1984
- Elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences, 1985
- Elected to Board of Directors of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science, 1985-89
- Elected to Council of National Academy of Sciences, 1987-90
- Annual Achievement Award, Engineering Societies of New England, 1988
- Trustee, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1988-1992
- Achievement Award, New York Academy of Sciences, 1991
- Elected Treasurer of National Academy of Sciences, 1992-96
- Trustee, California Institute of Technology, 1993-2000
- Elected as a Foreign Associate of the Engineering Academy of Japan, 1993
- Elected to Membership in the American Philosophical Society, 1995
- Elected President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1996
- Sigri-Great Lakes Carbon Award, American Carbon Society, 1997
- Elected Harvard Overseer, 1997
- Elected Board of Governors, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel, 1998
- Hall of Fame Award, Women in Technology International (WITI) 1998
- Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement, Hunter College 1998
- Fellow, American Carbon Society (1999).
- American Physical Society: Nicholson Medal 2000.
- Weizmann Institute's Millennial Lifetime Achievement Award, June 2000
- Ioffe Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia 2000
- National Materials Advancement Award of the Federation of Materials Societies, 2000
- Karl T. Compton Medal for Leadership in Physics, American Institute of Phyiscs, 2001
- Medal of Achievement in Carbon Science and Technology, American Carbon Society, 2001
- Heinz Award for Technology, Economy and Employment, 2005
- UNESCO/L'Oreal, North Americal Woman Scientist of the Year, 2007
- Graffin Lecturer, American Carbon Society, 1982
- Chancellor's Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, 1985
- Phi Beta Kappa Lecturer, 1986-87
- Hund-Klemm Lecturer, 1988
- Houston Lecturer, Rice University, 1993
- William H. Zachariasen Lecturer, University of Chicago, 1993
- Joe Morgen Lecturer, Texas Christian University, 1995
- Newcomb Lecturer, Tulane University, 1996
- GE Lecturer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1997
- Ford Lab Lecturer, Ford Motor Company, 1998
- Sigma Xi Lecturer, University of Cincinnati, 1999
- Douglass College Lecture, Rutgers University, 1999
- Warren Lecturer, Vanderbilt University, 1999
- Celsius Lecturer, Uppsala University, Sweden, 2000
- National Research Council
- Member, Solid State Sciences Advisory Panel (1973-76); Solid State Sciences
Committee of the National Research Council (1974-76, 1978-81).
- Elected to Membership, National Academy of Engineering 1974;
Member of NAE Council 1981-87; Member of Membership Committee, 1977-82,
Member Nominating Committee, 1997.
- Member, Committee on the Education and Employment of Women in Science
and Engineering of the Commission on Human Resources, National Research Council,
1975-77; Chairman, National Academy of Sciences, Planning Committee to assess
Possible OSEP (Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel)
initiatives for improving the representation of women in scientific
and engineering careers, 1988-89; Chairman, Committee on Women in Science and
- Member, Executive Committee of the Assembly of Mathematical and
Physical Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences, 1975-78; Member,
Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Resources, 1983-86;
- Member, National Academy of Sciences Report Review Committee, 1975-78.
- Member, Steering Committee of the Evaluation Panels for the National
Bureau of Standards, 1976-78; Chairman, 1978-84.
- Member, Major Materials Facilities Study (Seitz-Eastman) Committee, 1984.
- Member, Governing Board, National Research Council, 1984-87, 1989-90, 1992-96
- Elected to Membership, National Academy of Sciences 1985; Member of the Council,
1987-90; Chairman, Engineering Section, 1987-90; Chairman, Class III, 1990-93; Treasurer, 1992-96.
- Member Executive Committee of Governing Board, 1985-87, 1989-90, 1992-96.
- Vice Chairman, United States National Liaison Committee to the International
Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) 1985-88; Chairman 1988-91.
- Member, Committee on Japan, 1990-1997.
- Member, Finance Committee, 1992-1997.
- Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy (COSEPUP), 1996-2000
- American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- Elected member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1974;
Nominating Committee 1991-93; Membership Committee 1998-2004.
National Science Foundation
- Panel Member, National Science Foundation Materials Research Laboratory (MRL)
Program (1973-76) and the Materials Research Division Advisory Board, 1975-77;
Waterman Prize Selection Committee Member, National Science Foundation, 1979-83;
Member Committee NSF50, 1998-2000.
American Physical Society
- Fellow 1965.
- American Physical Society, Council Member, 1975-77, 1985.
- Member, Buckley Prize Committee, 1977; Chairman, 1978.
- Member, Committee on International Prize for New Materials, 1979.
- Editorial Board Member, Physical Review B, 1979-81.
- Elected Vice President, American Physical Society, 1982; President-Elect, 1983;
- Chairman, Task Force for Meetings, American Physical Society, 1985.
- Chairman, Task Force on the Congressional Fellowship Program, 1986.
- Chairman, Apker Award Committee, American Physical Society, 1986-87.
- Member, Finance Committee, 1987-89
- Chairman, Task Force on International Activities, 1990-91.
- Co-chairman of Committee to Study the Academic Climate for Women in Physics, 1992-1995
- Chairman, Task Force on Centennial Celebration of the American Physical Society, 1993.
- Chairman, Task Force on Prizes and Awards, 1997-98.
- Member Bouchet Award Committee, 1996-97, Chair 1997-98.
- New Materials Prize Committee, Member 1998-99; Chair 1999-2000
- Physics Policy Committee, 1998-2000.
- Nicholson Medal Committee, Member 2000-2001
Other Membership and Service Activities:
- Member, Accreditation Panels Engineering Council for Professional Development,
- Fellow, Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), 1979;
Member, Educational Activities Board (IEEE), 1978; Member, IEEE Press Board, 1983-87;
- Member, Advisory Committee, American Carbon Society, 1980-84
- Member, Education Committee, Industrial Research Institute, 1983-84.
- Member, Council, Materials Research Society, 1984-87, 1990-93;
Member, Long Range Planning Committee, 1983-86.
- Member of the Selection Committee, National Medal of Science, 1991-96.
- Member, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Committee, Caltech, 1993-2000.
- Member, Board of the Dibner Institute, 1995-2005.
- Member, Naval Research Advisory Committee, Special Study Panel to Review
the Department of the Navy Science and Technology Program (The Galvin Committee), 1995.
Editorships and Publication Boards
- Member, Publications Board (IEEE), 1976-78;
- Principal Editor, Journal of Materials Research, 1988-2000.
- Member, Advisory Board, Encyclopedia of Applied Physics, VCH Publishers, 1988-1997.
- Member, Publications Advisory Board, Gordon and Breach, 1989-2000.
- Topical Editor, Science Spectra, 1996-1999.
- Co-editor, Current Opinions in Solid State and Materials Science, 1997-2000.
- Chief Honorary Advisor, Journal of New Carbon Materials, 1999-2000.
- Member, Visiting Committee to Princeton University Physics Department, 1976-80.
- Member, Visiting Committee to the Division of Physical Sciences, University of
- Member, Engineering Advisory Board, UC Berkeley, 1985-2000.
- Materials Research Council, DARPA, 1985-1990.
- Selection Committee for Faculty Fellowships, Packard Foundation, 1988-2000;
- Member, Selection Committee for Science Projects in Brazil, World Bank Project, 1988
- Member, Advisory Committee on Quest (Quantum Electronics) Science and Technology
Center, UC Santa Barbara, 1989-1999.
- Visiting Committee, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy Division, Caltech 1994-2000.
- Member, Advisory Committee to Engineering Schools, Stanford University, 1994-97.
- Member, Visiting Committee, Materials Science Department, UC Santa Barbara, 1995
- Chair, Review Committee of Institute for Solid State Physics of the University
of Tokyo, 1995
- Advisory Board, Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science, UC Berkeley, 1995-2000
- Selection Committee for Wittgenstein and START Awards, FWF Austria, 1996-2000;
- Chair, Visiting Committee to Materials Science Program, UC San Diego, 1997.
- Selection Committee, Heinz Technology Awards, Heinz Foundation, 1997-99.
- Chairman, Visiting Committee, Physics Department, Technion, Haifa, Israel, 1999.
- Member, Visiting Committee, Institute for Advanced Studies, Jerusalem, Israel, 1999.
- Visiting Committee, Materials Science Program, Ohio State University, 1999.
- Visiting Committee, Physics Department, North Carolina State University, 1999.
- Program Committee, Millennium Science Initiative, Chile, World Bank, 1999, 2001.
- Visiting Committee, Applied Physics Program, U Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1999.
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1988-1992
- California Institute of Technology Trustee, 1993-2000
- Harvard University Overseer, 1997-2000
- Weizmann Institute, Board of Governors, 1998-present
- The Chemical Fund, Member of the Board of Directors, 1983-1988
- The Alliance Fund, Member of the Board of Directors, 1988-1991
- Rogers Corporation, Member of the Board of Directors, 1986-2000
- Quantum Chemical Corporation, Member of the Board of Directors, 1988-1993
- Allied Corporation, Scientific Advisory Committee, 1980-1983
- Argonne National Laboratory, Board of Governors, 1985-1988
- Argonne National Laboratory, Member, Scientific and Technical Advisory
- Consultant: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 1990-2000
- Midwest Superconductivity, Inc., Scientific Advisory Committee, 1992-1995
- FEMMA UCLA, Scientific Advisory Committee, 2005-present
- HTAC, Department of Energy, Scientific Advisory Committee, 2006-present
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