Faculty Promotions

Helen Hill
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Executive Committee of the Corporation has approved the promotion of Benjamin Weiss to full Professor and Oliver Jagoutz to Associate Professor (effective July 2014.)

Benjamin Weiss's research concerns the formation, evolution, and history of the terrestrial planets and small bodies, with particular interests in paleomagnetism and geomagnetism, planetary geophysics, meteoritics, and planetary paleoclimate and habitability. He studies meteorites and samples from extraterrestrial bodies to understand the history of these planetary geophysical and geochemical processes. A member of both the EAPSPrograms in Geophysics and Planetary Science, Weiss also serves as Chair of the Program in Geology, Geochemistry and Geobiology. 

Weiss received his BA in physics from Amherst College in 1995, and earned his MS and PhD in Planetary Science and Geology from the California Institute of Technology in 2001 and 2003, respectively. Weiss became an Assistant Professor of Planetary Sciences at MIT in 2004 and has been an Associate Professor of Planetary Sciences since 2009.

Oliver Jagoutz is a geologist concerned with the origin and evolution of the lithosphere. Addressing questions using a multidisciplinary approach, his research includes field work, petrology, isotope geochemistry, structural geology, and major and trace element geochemistry. Particular interests include field studies on magmatic processes, magmatic accretion of continental crust in subduction zones, oceanic crust evolution, and formation and evolution of the ocean-continent transition zone. Jagoutz is a member of the Program in Geology, Geochemistry and Geobiology. 

Before coming to MIT, Jagoutz studied Chemistry and Geology at the University of Mainz and as an Erasums student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and holds a PhD in Geology (2004) also from ETH Zurich. Following work as a postdoc at the University of Bern, Jagoutz joined the MIT faculty in 2008.