MIT Sea Grant welcomes MIT alumna and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Kaitlyn Becker as a 2023 Doherty Professor in Ocean Utilization. Assistant Professor Becker was nominated by Ford Professor of Engineering Evelyn Wang, Department Head of Mechanical Engineering, for her research, “Soft robotic design and fabrication for marine biology”.
The Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization provides a two-year stipend and development opportunities through research support for selected non-tenured MIT faculty members pursuing innovative ideas in ocean technologies. We believe the capabilities and enthusiasm of the Institute’s non-tenured faculty members will contribute to solve the problems currently faced in ocean utilization and coastal zone development. Faculty versed in these areas are of particular importance in teaching students that factual knowledge must be coupled with the ability to find workable solutions that are compatible with societal needs. A grant to MIT from Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation, Inc. has established a fund to support the Henry L. Doherty Professorships in Ocean Utilization.