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Meet MIT Sloan’s 5 new faculty members

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From social science experiments to the sharing economy, here are this year’s five new MIT Sloan faculty members.

Abdullah Almaatouq Assistant Professor of Information Technology 

Comes from: Almaatouq completed his PhD in computational science and engineering at MIT. He was a doctoral research intern for Microsoft in 2018, where he helped design a “virtual lab” framework for conducting large-scale social science experiments.

Research: Almaatouq’s research focuses on decision-making in network environments where decisions are influenced by interactions with others. He’s currently working on and testing dynamical models using behavioral experiments and computer simulations.

Find out more: On his faculty directory page, on Google Scholar, and on Twitter.

Daniel Freund Assistant Professor of Operations Management 

Comes from: Before coming to MIT, Freund was a research fellow at Lyft Marketplace Labs. Freund has a PhD in applied mathematics from Cornell University.

Research: Freund focuses on complex decision-making problems in the sharing economy. During his PhD, he developed the systems used by bike-sharing companies to ensure there are available bikes spread out among docking stations.

Find out more: On his faculty directory page and on Google Scholar.

Alexandre Jacquillat Assistant Professor of Operations Research and Statistics

Comes from: Prior to MIT, Jacquillat was an assistant professor of operations research and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy. He received a PhD in engineering systems from MIT.

Research: Jacquillat’s research includes data-driven decision-making, optimization, and mechanism design. His primary focus is on scheduling, operations, and pricing in the transportation sector — particularly air traffic management and on-demand mobility. 

Find out more: On his faculty directory page and on Google Scholar.

Jacquelyn Pless Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management.

Comes from: Prior to MIT Sloan, Pless was an Oxford Martin Fellow and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. She has a PhD in mineral and energy economics from the Colorado School of Mines.

Research: Pless’ current work focuses on the role of public subsidies in driving private research and development. She’s interested in clean energy innovation and how environmental policy impacts firm competitiveness.

Find out more: On her faculty directory page, on Google Scholar, and on Twitter.

Basima Tewfik Assistant Professor of Work and Organization Studies

Comes from: Tewfik previously worked at Booz & Company, consulting with clients on everything from financial services to health care to aerospace and defense. Tewfik completed her PhD in management (organizational behavior) at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Research: Tewfik researches the psychological experience of top talent in the workplace, as well as conflict management. 

Find out more: On her faculty directory page.

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