MIT-WHOI Joint Program Curriculum Committees

CHARGE

The curriculum Joint Committees are responsible for the oversight of all academic aspects of the Joint Program in their disciplinary area, effective interactions with other disciplinary Joint Committees in the case of students and faculty with interdisciplinary interests. These responsibilities include recommendations for admissions, annual reviews of academic progress of students enrolled in their area of responsibility, approval by the committee or committee chair of the thesis advisors and thesis committees, chairs of the thesis defense, approval of the final thesis by the Chair of the curriculum committee on behalf of the committee, and advice about all matters of the Joint Program, particularly in their disciplinary areas, to the Co-Chairs of The MIT-WHOI Joint Program Committee.

MEMBERSHIP

Members of the curriculum Joint Committees represent their home departments at MIT or at WHOI in both maximizing the effectiveness of the department's participation in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program and maximizing the effectiveness of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program overall.

The members of curriculum Joint Committees (JCAOSE, JCBO, JCCO, JCMG&G, JCPO) are appointed from the faculty at MIT and the WHOI Scientific Staff in the various departments at the respective partner institutions (MIT and WHOI) participating in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program. Appointments are by the Director of the Joint Program at MIT upon recommendation of the Department Head for faculty from appropriate MIT department(s), and by the Vice President for Academic Programs and Dean at WHOI for members of WHOI Education Assembly, upon the recommendation of the Chair of the appropriate WHOI Department(s).

Terms of appointment are normally three years and are staggered to allow for continuity of experience for committee membership. Members may be reappointed if that is considered to be in the best interest of the specific disciplinary committee and the MIT-WHOI Joint Program. However, normal practice will result in no more than two successive terms of three years each.

The WHOI Registrar and Graduate Admissions and Student Affairs Officer, and the Administrator of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program at MIT are members ex-officio of the curriculum committees and at least one of these people may attend the meetings for purposes of record keeping and staffing the meeting.

The Vice President for Academic Programs and Dean WHOI, the Director of the MIT-WHOI Joint Program at MIT, and the Associate Dean may attend disciplinary Joint Committee meetings as appropriate for advice, information exchange and discussion with the committee members.

The current members are listed in the table below:

Joint Committee for Applied Ocean Science and Engineering (JCAOSE)

David Ralston (Chair)   WHOI, Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department
Andone Lavery*   WHOI, Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department
John Leonard   MIT, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Pierre Lermusiaux   MIT, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Heidi Nepf   MIT, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Brian Williams   MIT, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Britt Raubenheimer   WHOI, Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department
Alexandra Techet   MIT, Department of Mechanical Engineering

 

Joint Committee for Biological Oceanography (JCBO)

Mick Follows (Chair)   MIT, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Ann Tarrant*   WHOI, Biology Department
Jesús Pineda   WHOI, Biology Department
Gregory Fournier   MIT, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Serguei Saavedra   MIT, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Andrew Babbin   MIT, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

 

 Joint Committee for Chemical Oceanography (JCCO)

Colleen Hansel (Chair)   WHOI, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department
Jeffrey Seewald*   WHOI, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department
Mak Saito   WHOI, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department
Phil Gschwend   MIT, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Roger Summons   MIT, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

 

Joint Committee for Marine Geology and Geophysics (JCMG&G)

Oliver Jagoutz (Chair)   MIT, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Daniel Lizarralde*   WHOI, Geology and Geophysics Department
Veronique Le Roux   WHOI, Geology and Geophysics Department
Taylor Perron   MIT, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sncecies
David McGee   MIT, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

 

Joint Committee for Physical Oceanography (JCPO)

Glenn Flierl (Chair)  

MIT, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences

Claudia Cenedese*   WHOI, Physical Oceanography Department
Amala Mahadevan  

WHOI, Physical Oceanography Department

Geoffrey 'Jake' Gebbie  

WHOI, Physical Oceanography Department

Pierre Lermusiaux  

MIT, Department of Mechanical Engineering

* WHOI J. Seward Johnson Chair in Oceanography (Education Coordinators)

Further information about any of the Faculty listed above can be found by on the the MIT-WHOI Joint Program Faculty Web site