Dean's Corner - Dennis M. Freeman, Dean for Undergraduate Education
About the Dean
Dennis M. Freeman is the Dean for Undergraduate Education and Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at MIT. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1973, and a S.M. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT in 1976 and 1986 respectively.
Dean Freeman has been active in undergraduate teaching since joining the faculty in 1995, focusing on 6.021J Cellular Biophysics and 6.003 Signals and Systems. During the past five years, he has contributed to the development and teaching of 6.01 Introduction to EECS I, which introduces software engineering, feedback and control, circuits, probability, and planning in a series of hands-on activities involving a mobile robot. This subject is currently taken by more than half of MIT's freshmen each year.
Dean Freeman served as EECS Education Officer (2008-2011) and EECS Undergraduate Officer (2011-2013). He has also served on a number of Institute committees, including the Committee on the Undergraduate Program (2004-2009, chair 2005-2009) the Committee on Curricula (2005-2009), the Task Force on the Undergraduate Commons (2006-2008), the Educational Commons Subcommittee (2007-2009), the Global Experience Opportunities at MIT (2006-2007), the Corporation Joint Advisory Committee (2009-2010), Task Force on Planning (2009-2010), and the Working Group on Student Support (2011).
Dean Freeman has received numerous teaching awards at MIT, including the Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Irving M. London Teaching Award and the Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has been a MacVicar Faculty Fellow since 2006, and has, on three occasions, been the students’ selection as the best academic advisor in EECS.
Dean Freeman is a member of the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), where his group studies cochlear mechanics. His group was the first to directly measure sound-induced motions of cells and accessory structures in the inner ear. He is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (2008) and a member of the IEEE, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Engineering Education, the Biophysical Society, and the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.