Pakistan-born astrophysicist becomes first woman dean at MIT’s School of Science

Pakistan-born astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala has been named the new dean of  Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) School of Science. Mavalvala will be the first woman to serve as dean at MIT’s School of Science. Mavalvala has received numerous awards and honors for her research and teaching, and since 2015 has been the associate head of the department of physics at the MIT.

The astrophysics professor is renowned for her pioneering work in gravitational-wave detection, which she conducted as a leading member of LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.

Mavalvala is a recipient of numerous honours and awards, including in 2010 the MacArthur Fellowship. In 2015 she was awarded the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, as part of the LIGO team. In 2017, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. That same year, the Carnegie Corporation of New York recognised Mavalvala as a Great Immigrant honoree.

She is also the first recipient of the Lahore Technology Award, given by the Information Technology University in Lahore.

Source: Express Tribune