Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), Akintunde Ibitayo (Tayo) Akinwande, is a Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Professor Akinwande received a B.Sc. (1978) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Ife, Nigeria, a MS (1981) and Ph.D. (1986) in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, California.
MTL is an interdepartmental laboratory that supports Microsystems research encompassing work in circuits and systems, MEMS, electronic and photonic devices, and molecular and nanotechnology. The research is enabled by a set of shared experimental facilities, as well as a vibrant industrial consortium. Annually, MTL supports the research of 745 students and staff.
MTL was established in the mid-1980s inside the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. Over the years, MTL has evolved and grown into an Interdepartmental laboratory reaching across the entire Institute.
Dr. Akinwande is also the director of the MISTI Africa Empowering the Teachers Fellowship Programme. Empowering the Teachers is a teaching fellowship that enables outstanding young Nigerian faculty in science and engineering to collaborate with faculty at MIT in developing new curriculum and teaching methods.
Excerpts from: MTL's faculty profile of Dr. Akinwande, and Opportunities for Africans