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Meet the 6 new faculty members joining MIT Sloan in 2024

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Large language models, workplace inclusion, algorithms, and intergroup conflict: Meet the six new experts bringing their knowledge and skill sets to the MIT Sloan faculty.

Assistant Professor of Operations Management

Comes from: Aouad joins MIT Sloan after working as an associate professor of management science and operations at London Business School. He earned a PhD in operations research from MIT.

Research: Aouad’s research focuses on the intersection of algorithm design under uncertainty, and digital platform operations. Among his recent research is a study of pricing controls and online service platforms, a paper on spatial matching under multihoming (when multiple platforms share the same suppliers, such as a driver who works for both Lyft and Uber), and a collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands to optimize its exhibits.

Find out more: On his Google Scholar page and X.

Assistant Professor of Work and Organization Studies

Comes from: Lide has a PhD in business administration from Stanford University. She was previously a program manager at Google.

Research: According to Lide, she studies organizational behavior, specifically, “how employees form beliefs about social information and how these beliefs shape their perceptions of — and behavior toward — others in the workplace.” Among her most recent work is a paper on the under- and over-communication of leaders. She’s currently working on research around prejudice accommodation and workplace inclusion.

Find out more: On her personal website and X.

Assistant Professor of Operations Research and Statistics

Comes from: Before joining MIT Sloan, Lu was an assistant professor of operations management at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He was also a visiting faculty researcher at Google Research. Lu earned a PhD in mathematics and operations research from MIT.

Research: Lu’s research includes solving large-scale optimization problems that appear in data science, machine learning, and operations research.

Find out more: On his Google Scholar page.

Assistant Professor of Applied Economics

Comes from: Muir has a PhD in economics from Stanford University and was a prize fellow in economics, history, and politics at Harvard University.

Research: Muir is a microeconomic theorist with a focus on mechanism design, market design, and industrial organization. Her recent publications and working papers include an optimal lockdown management plan for an epidemic and the optimal design of rights related to the control of an economic resource.

Find out more: On her personal website and her Google Scholar page.

Assistant Professor of Work and Organization Studies

Comes from: Van Loon earned a PhD in sociology from Stanford University. Van Loon previously held the position of postdoctoral associate in Duke University’s Polarization Lab, which conducts research on the political divide in America.

Research: According to van Loon, his research focus is on the “interplay between culture and identity in the context of intergroup conflict” and how computational social science can be used to better understand social phenomena. Among his recent research is a study of attitudes toward immigration policy, how negative word associations predict anti-Black bias, and how using virtual reality can increase cognitive empathy for others.

Find out more: On his personal website, his Google Scholar page, and X.

Felix Vetter, Assistant Professor of Accounting

Comes from: Vetter was previously an assistant professor in accounting and taxation at the University of Mannheim in Germany. He earned a PhD in accounting from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Research: Vetter’s research focuses on audit and financial gatekeeper labor markets and on regulation. Among his research is a paper on the effect of supervisors on employee misconduct at U.S. financial institutions, and an analysis of a 2010 change to the investment adviser qualification exam and its impact on misconduct.

Find out more: On his Google Scholar page and X.

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