Michael SipserProfessor of Mathematics
Head, Department of Mathematics, E17-320
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139
He received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1980 and joined the MIT faculty that same year. He was Chairman of Applied Mathematics from 1998 to 2000. He was appointed Head of the Mathematics Department in July 2004. He was a research staff member at IBM Research in 1980, spent the 1985-86 academic year on the faculty of the EECS department at Berkeley and was a Lady Davis Fellow at Hebrew University in 1988. His research areas are in algorithms and complexity theory, specifically efficient error correcting codes, interactive proof systems, randomness, quantum computation, and establishing the inherent computational difficulty of problems. He is the author of the widely used textbook, Introduction to the Theory of Computation (Third Edition, Cengage, 2005). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.