Michael (1949) and Sonja Koerner Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Krystyn Van Vliet, the Michael (1949) and Sonja Koerner professor of materials science and engineering and biological engineering, has served as Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) associate provost since 2017. Van Vliet joined the MIT faculty in the department of materials science and engineering (DMSE) in 2004 and leads the laboratory for material chemomechanics; she received a dual appointment to the biological engineering faculty in 2011.
Van Vliet serves as co-chair with Professor Rob Ferl of the National Academies’ current decadal survey for biological and physical science research in space 2023-2032.
Since September 2019, in her role as Associate Provost Van Vliet oversees MIT’s Office of Strategic Alliances & Technology Transfer (OSATT). This office includes MIT’s Technology Licensing Office, and Corporate Relations, as well as new faculty-centric services to support engagement with corporate and international sponsors of campus research and education programs. Since March 2021, in her role as Associate Vice president for Research, Van Vliet also oversees MIT’s Research Administration Services and Research Development as well as other MIT lab and center research facilities operations.
Among other leadership roles at MIT, Van Vliet directed the DMSE Nanomechanical Technology Laboratory from 2004 to 2012, has co-directed the MIT Biomedical Engineering Minor Program from 2008 to the present, and heads the Singapore-MIT Alliance in Research and Technology (SMART) Critical Analytics for Manufacturing Personalized-Medicine (CAMP) research group, which is developing new technologies to produce cell and gene therapies for patients.
Van Vliet also serves as director of manufacturing innovation within MIT’s Innovation Initiative, a campus-wide program that helps turn research advances and ideas into fully realized technologies. In that role, Van Vliet helped MIT compete in nationwide efforts to launch Manufacturing USA institutes.
She is the author or co-author of over 250 papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds several patents.
Van Vliet earned her ScB in materials science and engineering from Brown University in 1998 and a doctorate in materials science and engineering from MIT in 2002.