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Cynthia Barnhart SM ’85, PhD ’88

Chancellor, 2014 - present 

Associate Dean of Engineering for Academic Affairs, 2007 - 2014

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems

Chancellor, 2014 - present 

Associate Dean of Engineering for Academic Affairs, 2007 - 2014

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems

Cynthia Barnhart SM ’86, PhD ’88
Chancellor, 2014 – Present
Associate Dean of Engineering for Academic Affairs, 2007 – 2014
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems

An early love of mathematics led Cynthia Barnhart into engineering, where she now develops new models and algorithms around optimization methods for large-scale transportation and logistics problems. Professor Barnhart is a former codirector of both the Center for Transportation and Logistics and the Operations Research Center; she currently serves as director of Transportation@MIT and as associate dean for the School of Engineering.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Changing perspectives on MIT as student, faculty member, and administrator.
  • MIT’s interdisciplinary efforts to develop future transportation models with the National Research Foundation of Singapore using SimMobility.
  • Combining airline-centric with passenger-centric perspectives in models for air transportation.
  • Hopes for making MIT expertise a regular resource for policy makers in government.
  • Efforts to recruit more women and minorities to the MIT faculty.
  • Evaluating solutions to the world’s future energy and transportation requirements.

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