In February 2014, Dr. Martin A. Schmidt was appointed Provost of MIT. Beginning in 2008, he served as Associate Provost and since January 2012, he has also assumed responsibilities for “all things industry” as the senior administrative officer responsible for MIT’s industrial interactions. He has been an MIT faculty member since 1988, and in 2016 was appointed as the Ray and Maria Stata Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. From 1999 to 2006, he served as the director of MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories. His teaching and research is in the areas of micro and nanofabrication of sensors, actuators and electronic devices, and MEMS. He is the co-author of more than 80 journal publications and 120 peer-reviewed conference proceedings, an inventor on more than 30 issued U.S. patents, and involved with six start-up companies. Professor Schmidt received his BS degree from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1981 and his SM and PhD degrees from MIT in 1983 and 1988.