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Pakistan-born astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala made waves after being appointed the new dean of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s prestigious School of Science.
According to reports, Mavalvala, known for her ground-breaking research in gravitational-wave detection, will be the first woman to serve as the dean of the School of Science.
The astrophysicist has been the associate head of the MIT Department of Physics since 2015.
“Nergis’s brilliance as a researcher and educator speaks eloquently for itself,” says MIT President L. Rafael Reif. “What excites me equally about her appointment as dean are the qualities I have seen in her as a leader: She is a deft, collaborative problem-solver, a wise and generous colleague, an incomparable mentor, and a champion for inclusive excellence. As we prepare for the start of this most unusual academic year, it gives me great comfort to know that the School of Science will remain in such capable hands.”