Joel L. Dawson joined MIT as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in September of 2004. He received his S.B. and MEng degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1996 and 1997, respectively. While attaining his MEng degree, Professor Dawson participated in the VI-A Internship program at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003. During his doctoral research, Professor Dawson worked in the area of RF circuit design as a part of Professor Thomas H. Lee’s research group. He investigated innovative techniques to improve power dissipation and linearity of power amplifiers, a key component of wireless systems. In 2003 he co-founded Aspendos Communications, a startup company based in San Jose, CA. Professor Dawson was also the recipient of an NSF Career Award in 2008 and was selected for the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2009.