Krystyn Van Vliet, the Michael (1949) and Sonja Koerner Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering, was named as MIT's associate provost effective September 1, 2017. Van Vliet joined the MIT faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 2004, and leads the Laboratory for Material Chemomechanics; she received a dual appointment to the BE faculty in 2011.

Among other leadership roles at the Institute, Van Vliet directed the DMSE Nanomechanical Technology Laboratory from 2004 to 2012, has co-directed the MIT Biomedical Engineering Minor Program from 2008 to the present, and heads the Singapore-MIT Alliance in Research and Technology (SMART) BioSystems and Micromechanics research group, which has about 175 researchers and develops new diagnostic and treatment technologies for cell and tissue diseases.

Van Vliet also serves as director of manufacturing innovation within MIT’s Innovation Initiative, a campus-wide program that helps turn research advances and ideas into fully-realized technologies. In that role, Van Vliet helped MIT compete in nationwide efforts to launch Manufacturing USA institutes. MIT faculty now participate in 10 such industry-focused institutes, dedicated to development of next-generation manufacturing technologies and workforces, for products ranging from wearable microelectronics to biopharmaceuticals.

She has authored or co-authored over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and holds several patents.

Van Vliet earned her ScB in materials science and engineering from Brown University in 1998 and her PhD in materials science and engineering from MIT in 2002.