AsianScientist (Jan. 2, 2014) – Professor Daniel Hastings, who completed a seven-and-a-half-year tenure as MIT’s dean of undergraduate education in Jun 2013, has been appointed to a three-year term as director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), with effect from January 1, 2014.
Hastings, the Cecil and Ida Green Education Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, joined the MIT faculty in 1985 and became a full professor in 1993.
From 1997 to 1999, Hastings served as the U.S. Air Force’s chief scientist, leading influential studies of Air Force investments in space and of preparations for a 21st-century science and technology workforce; from 2002 to 2008, he was a member of the National Science Board. He became director of the MIT Technology and Policy Program in 2000, director of the Engineering Systems Division in 2004, and dean for undergraduate education in 2006.
“Professor Daniel Hastings has good ties with Singapore and brings with him a wealth of experience in university administration, education and research. His broad administrative skills, thought-leadership and research accomplishments will be an asset to the science and technology scene in Singapore. We are delighted to have him join us,” said Professor Low Teck Seng, CEO of the National Research Foundation of Singapore.
Hastings will replace Rohan Abeyaratne, the Quentin Berg Professor of Mechanical Engineering, who has served as SMART director since 2009.
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