• Born in Tulkarm, Palestine
  • BS in EE, Texas A&M University (College Station, TX), August 1983.
  • Ph.D in EE, Rice University (Houston, TX), May 1987
  • Assistant Professor (without tenure) in EECS, MIT, 1987-1991
  • Associate Professor (without tenure) in EECS, MIT 1991-1992
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Caltech, 1993
  • Finmeccanica Associate Professor, MIT 1992-1995
  • Associate Professor with tenure in EECS, MIT 1994-1998
  • Professor in EECS, MIT 1998-present
  • Associate Department Head of EECS, MIT 2011-2013
  • Associate Director, Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, MIT 2007-2010
  • Acting Director, Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, MIT Sept 2010-2011
  • Consultant at several companies, including:
    • NASA (JSC) and Draper Labs (1987-1990): Attitude control of the space station, underwater autonomous vehicles.
    • FIAT research center (1990-1992): Modern control, modeling and system identification applied to the design of active suspensions.
    • BBN (1992-1995): Robust and adaptive control design for active noise cancellation and vibration suppression.
    • Convolve (1995, 2010): Input shaping for control of compact discs.
    • Alphatech (1997-1999): Infrastructure modeling using multi-agent economic models.
    • Textron Specialty materials: Control design
    • Brighams and Women (1998-2002): Hyperthermia treatment of prostate cancer.
    • Crescent Technologies (1996-2000): Founder, Supply chain systems for large scale production. Performed major engagements with International Papers.
    • Infolenz Co. (2000-2010): Founder, Scientific Marketing: Modeling and Optimization for Offer Design. Performed major engagements with retailers including Borders, Express, Nebraska Furniture Mart, and Dell.
    • Myworldinvesting Co. (2007-present): Portfolio optimization with tax benefits.
    • BAE (2009-present): Fast simulations and multi-agent systems.
    • PointRight (2009-2010): Risk assessment in medical malpractice.
    • Member of the Board of Directors, Pointright, MA, (2014- present)

Leadership Positions

  • Founding Director of Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (2015-Present)
  • Interim Director of the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (2014)
  • Acting Director of Engineering Systems Division(2013-Present)
  • Director Designate of a new Entity (2013-2015)
  • Associate Department Head of EECS (2011-2013).
  • Chair of the Committee on Discipline (2012-2014)
  • Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, MIT (2010-2011): Acting Director, Responsible for intellectual strategic planning, fund raising, junior faculty development, space management, and maintaining the growth of the Lab.
  • Area 1 Chair MIT (2006-2009): Chairman of "Systems and Control, Communication, and Signal Processing", EECS, MIT. Responsible for academic offerings, graduate students, admission, and strategic plan for the Area.
  • Personnel Committee, EECS (2004-2010): Member of the standing committee for promotion and tenure of junior faculty, EECS, MIT.
  • Principal Investigator of Research ($1m/year): Running a research group of about 10 PhD students and 4 postdoctoral fellows, LIDS, MIT.
  • House Master at MacGregor House, MIT: Faculty resident in a dorm of 350 students. Has the responsibility of managing the resident tutors, interacting with the dean's office on issues related to the students, establishing continuing education programs in the residential house, and monitoring the well-being of students.
  • Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, MIT (2007-2010): Associate Director

Professional Services

  • Associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (1992 -1995)
  • Associate editor of Systems and Control Letters (1994 -2000)
  • Served on proposal review panels (NSF) (1990- present)
  • Served on strategic panels (NSF, ARO, AFOSR) (1990- present)
  • Donald P. Eckman Award committee (2008- 2010)
  • Control Systems Award committee (1998 -2001)
  • American University of Beirut visiting committee, 2006
  • Los Alamos National Labs visiting committee chair, (2008- present)
  • Prince Sultan University visiting committee, (2009- 2011)
  • The Institute for Systems Research Extended Review Committee, Univ. of Maryland, 2016

Plenary Lectures at Major Conferences

  • Fragility of Networked Systems”, CDC, Osaka, Japan, Dec. 2015
  • Risk in Networks, Graph Exploitation Symposium”, Dedham, MA, 2015
  • Resilience in Networked Systems, 2015 Graph Exploitation Symposium, Lincoln Labs, July 2015
  • Resilience in Networked Systems, NecSys, the 5th IFAC Workshop on Distributed Estimation and Control in Networked Systems. Univ. of Pennsylvania, Sept. 2015
  • Resilience and Risk in Networked Systems, Mediterranean Conference, Palermo, 2014
  • National Control Engineering Students Workshop, College Park, Maryland, 2011
  • Riken Mathematical Sciences Workshop, Kamisuwa, Japan, 2010
  • Spain-Italy-Netherlands Meeting on Game Theory, Palermo, Italy, 2010
  • Asian Control Conference, Hong Kong, 2009
  • SYSID, Saint-Malo, France, 2009
  • ACODS, Bangalore, India, 2007
  • Mathematical Theory for Networks and Systems, Kyoto, Japan, 2006
  • Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, Lisbon, Portugal, 2003
  • American Control Conference, Baltimore, MD 1995

Recent Conference Organized

  • Paths Ahead in the Science of Information and Decision Systems, 2009-2010
  • Workshop on Information and Decisions in Social Networks, LIDS,  2011
  • MIT Statistics Symposium, 2015
  • MIT Finance Symposium, 2016


  • George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award,"Robust Distributed Routing in Dynamical Networks-Part II: Strong Resilience, Equilibrium Selection and Cascaded Failures" (with Como, Savla, Acemoglu, Frazzoli), IEEE CSS, Dec. 2015
  • Received the William Coolidge Chaired Professorship, June 2014.
  • George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award, "Feedback Control in the Presence of Noisy Channels: 'Bode-Like' Fundamental Limitations of Performance" (with Martins), CSS 2010.
  • Hugo Schuck Award for Theory, "Fundamental Limitations of Performance in the Presence of Finite Capacity Feedback" (with Martins), CSS 2008.
  • George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award, "Distributed Control of Spatially Invariant Systems" (with Bamieh and Paganini), IEEE CSS, Dec 2004
  • IEEE Fellow 2000
  • Graduate Council Teaching Award, 1995
  • Donald P. Eckman Award of the American Control Council, for the best control engineer under 35, 1993
  • Finmeccanica Career Development Chair, 1992
  • Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1991
  • George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award, "L1-Optimal Feedback Controllers for MIMO Discrete-Time Systems" (with Pearson), IEEE CSS, Dec 1990
  • Ralph Budd Award For Best Engineering Thesis, Rice Univ., May 1987
  • Graduated Suma Cum Laude, Texas A&M Univ, Aug 1983
  • Deans Honor Award, Texas A&M Univ, 1980-1983

General Interests

My interests include basketball, swimming, and coffee.