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Vladimir Bulović

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Professor of Electrical Engineering

Vladimir Bulović
Professor of Electrical Engineering
Co-Director, Solar Frontiers Center and the Solar Revolutions Project
Co-Director, MITEI Energy Education Taskforce
Van Buren Hansford (1937) – Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow, 2009

Vladimir Bulović is a professor of electrical engineering in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT, the director of MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories, and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, an honor that recognizes MIT faculty who have made exemplary and sustained contributions to the teaching and education of undergraduates. He is also co-director of the Solar Frontiers Center, the Solar Revolutions Project, and the Energy Education Taskforce at the MIT Energy Initiative. As of 2011, Professor Bulović is the holder of 48 patents and is working with several companies started by students that were spun out of his lab. He earned an MS from Columbia University in 1993 and a PhD from Princeton in 1998.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Teaching a range of learners, from fifth-graders to MIT students to trustees.
  • MIT’s crossdisciplinary culture.
  • Attacking large-scale ecological problems with an integrated approach that combines ideas with practical matters of cost.
  • Research in quantum dot lighting and its real-world application.
  • Solving global warming by setting aluminum foil onto the dead zones of the ocean.
  • How students balance work and social life at MIT, separating “personal worth” from “academic achievement.”
  • The field of solar technology, its advancements and challenges.
  • Employing an interdisciplinary team to bring innovative new products to market.

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