MIT Schwarzman College of Computing Working Groups and Idea Bank

February 07, 2019

To the members of the MIT community:

In October 2018, MIT announced the establishment of the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing. The College aims to create a shared academic structure to facilitate the connection of computing scholarship and resources to all disciplines at MIT, and to provide opportunities for pathbreaking initiatives in computing-related education and research.

At that time, we anticipated the formation of several working groups to develop ideas and options for the Institute administration regarding important aspects of launching the College. I am writing to inform you that we have created five working groups for this purpose, as follows:

  1. Organizational Structure
    Asu Ozdaglar, Department Head, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and School of Engineering Distinguished Professor of Engineering (co-chair)
    Nelson Repenning, Associate Dean of Leadership and Special Projects, and School of Management Distinguished Professor of System Dynamics and Organization Studies (co-chair)
  2. Faculty Appointments
    Eran Ben-Joseph, Department Head, Urban Studies and Planning (co-chair)
    William Freeman, Thomas and Gerd Perkins Professor of Electrical Engineering (co-chair)
  3. Curriculum and Degrees
    Srini Devadas, Edwin Sibley Webster Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (co-chair)
    Troy Van Voorhis, Haslam and Dewey Professor of Chemistry (co-chair)
  4. Social Implications and Responsibilities of Computing
    Melissa Nobles, Kenan Sahin Dean of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (co-chair)
    Julie Shah, Associate Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics (co-chair)
  5. College Infrastructure
    Benoit Forget, Associate Professor, Nuclear Science and Engineering (co-chair)
    Nicholas Roy, Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Member, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (co-chair)


The full memberships of these groups, which include faculty, staff, and students from a wide range of MIT departments, can be found here.

These groups will convene throughout the spring 2019 semester with the aim of producing a report, by May, describing their recommendations. A steering committee — composed of the 10 co-chairs, Dean of Engineering Anantha Chandrakasan, MIT Faculty Chair Susan Silbey, and me — will provide collaborative guidance to the working groups. In addition, we have established an Idea Bank in order to gain input from the MIT community. Community members can submit ideas related to the working group topics to the Idea Bank until the end of April.

I wish to express my appreciation to all members of the working groups and the steering committee for their efforts on the important task of planning for the launch of the new MIT Schwarzman College of Computing in fall 2019. I am certain the guidance from their recommendations will help shape the College’s path to lasting success.  


Martin A. Schmidt