Michael Sipser is a theoretical computer scientist. He is the Donner Professor of Mathematics, a member of CSAIL, and currently the Dean of Science at MIT.
Sipser received a PhD in Engineering from the University of California/Berkeley 1980 under the supervision of Manuel Blum in the EECS Department, and a BA in Mathematics from Cornell University in 1974. He has been on the faculty of MIT since 1980, where he served as Chair of Applied Mathematics 1998-2000, and Head of the Mathematics Department 2004-2014. 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 (Cengage, 2005).
His distinctions include the MIT Graduate Student Council Teaching Award, 1984, 1989 & 1991, and the MIT School of Science Student Advising Award, 2003. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Selected Awards and Honors
- American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow
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