Markus Zahn Ph.D.

Zahn, Markus
Position Department / Business Unit
Thomas and Gerd Perkins Professor of Electrical Engineering Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Institution Disciplines
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineering
City State / Provence
Cambridge Massachusetts
Country Website
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Markus Zahn was born in Bergen-Belsen, Germany on December 3, 1946. He came to the United States with his parents in 1949 and became a naturalized US citizen in 1955. He received the BSEE and MSEE degrees in 1968 as part of the VI-A Internship Program where he worked as an intern at Raytheon Co., the Electrical Engineers degree in 1969, and the Sc.D. degree in 1970, all from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

From 1970-1980 he was a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He spent the 1972 summer as a Guest Worker at the National Bureau of Standards and spent his 1976-77 sabbatical year in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He joined the MIT faculty in 1980 and is now Professor of Electrical Engineering working in the Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems and in the MIT High Voltage Research Laboratory. He is also the Director of the MIT Course VI-A Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Internship Program, a cooperative work/study program with Industry.

Career Highlights

Professor Zahn is the Thomas and Gerd Perkins Professor of Electrical Engineering for the period of Sept. 1, 2000-August 30, 2005. He has served on the MIT Faculty Committee on the Library System since Sept. 1999 and is the Committee Chairman for 2001-2004. He has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, including the MIT Graduate Student Council Teaching Award in 1989 and the MIT Frank E. Perkins award for excellence in graduate student advising in 1999. He has been very active in IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society activities and conferences, presently serving as an Associate Editor of the Transactions and Chairman of the Liquid Dielectrics Committee.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE for "contributions to the understanding of the effects of space charge and flow electrification on the conduction and breakdown properties of dielectrics", and was the 1998 J.B. Whitehead Memorial Lecturer of the Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena with a published lecture entitled: "Optical, Electrical, and Electromechanical Measurement Methodologies of Field, Charge, and Polarization in Dielectrics" [IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, Vol. 5, No. 5, October, 1998, pp.627-650]. He serves on the Academic Advisory Board of the W.M. Keck Laboratory for Electro-Hydrodynamics of Suspensions at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and was a member of the National Academies Naval Studies Board Committee for Mine Warfare Assessment in 2000-2001. He is also a co-author of the committee report "Naval Mine Warfare, Operational and Technical Challenges for Naval Forces," National Academy Press, Washington, DC, 2001. Prof. Zahn was a member of the MIT Humanitarian Demining Group and successfully completed the Deminers Orientation Course at the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate Countermine Division at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia in 1998.

Prof. Zahn with MIT EECS student Cory Lorenz ('03) were one of the winners of the November, 2002 American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics Gallery of Fluid Motion with video entitled "Hele-Shaw Ferrodydrodynamics for Rotating and Axial Magnetic Fields."

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