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pk-12 @ J-WEL Faculty Co-Director Angela Belcher named head of the Department of Biological Engineering

Angela Belcher

Our Faculty Co-Director for pK-12 @ J-WEL, Professor Angela Belcher, has been named the new head of MIT's Department of Biological Engineering, effective July 1. Belcher is the James Mason Crafts Professor of Biological Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. 

From the MIT News announcement of her appointment:

“Professor Belcher is a brilliant researcher who has done remarkable work in biomedical engineering and energy research. She has demonstrated exceptional commitment and vision as an educator. I am thrilled that she will be serving as the new head of our biological engineering department. I know she will serve as an excellent leader, and I very much look forward to working with her,” says Anantha Chandrakasan, dean of the MIT School of Engineering and the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Her work focuses on evolving organisms to build new materials and devices for clean energy, electronics, the environment, and medicine. She is currently developing interactive hands-on, minds-on curriculum for kindergarten through 5th grade based on the MIT undergraduate curriculum and the philosophy of “ mens et manus.” She is also the co-Chair of the pK-12 Action Group at MIT.

Read more about Professor Belcher and her work in MIT News or watch a clip of her speak about how scientific concepts can be translated for even the youngest learners at our March 2018 J-WEL Week.