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New VP of research in 2013 among administrative changes

On Jan. 16, 2013, Maria Zuber, former Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) department head, will assume the role of MIT’s vice president for research. President L. Rafael Reif announced the news in an email to the MIT community on Tuesday. Zuber has been an MIT faculty member since 1995 and is currently the E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics. In the email, Reif refers to Zuber as a “compelling advocate for farsighted national investment in university research” and mentions that she is “extraordinarily well prepared to lead MIT in federal research policy and administration” given her experience in Washington.

The current VP of research, Claude Canizares, will move on to lead MIT’s global partnerships and oversee the work of Lincoln Laboratory, MIT’s offsite research facility in Lexington. Canizares will begin the new role in January, when Zuber takes over the VP of research position, and serve until June 30, 2014.

On the industry side, Associate Provost and Professor of Electrical Engineering Martin Schmidt PhD ’88 will expand his duties to include “oversight of all things industry.” According to the email, he will also take on responsibility for the Industrial Liaison Program and the Technology Licensing Office.

—Stan Gill