adam j hartz
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Building 38-591
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
(PGP Public Key
i am a lecturer in the department of electrical engineering and computer science at
MIT. my main interests lie in teaching engineering and computer
programming, with an emphasis on problem solving and engineering design; in improving the
way we teach these subjects; and in developing new means of leveraging modern
technologies to improve face-time with students.
most of my work within the department has been with the
development and instruction of 6.01 (an introduction to engineering from the
perspective of EE and CS, with applications in robotics).
in recent years, i
have also been involved with development and instruction of 6.009 (fundamentals of programming) and with a
redesign of 6.003 (signal processing).
i also developed 6.145, an introductory programming course that typically
runs over IAP.
outside of classes i teach, my most visible work is with CAT-SOOP, a programmable learning
management system used in several subjects within course 6.
i am also an academic advisor for course 6 students, and i occasionally
supervise m.eng or urop projects, typically related to education and/or
my summer and fall 2019 plans are still up in the air.
- 6.003 Signal Processing:
- co-lecturer: SP18, FA18, SP19
- course assistant (software development): FA11
- course development teaching assistant: SU11
- 6.01 Intro to EECS via Robotics:
- lecturer: FA13, SP14, FA14, FA15, SP16, FA16, SP17, FA17, SP18, SP19
- lab instructor: FA12, SP13, SP15
- instructor (g): SP12
- teaching assistant: SP11, FA11
- lab assistant: SP09, FA09, SP10
- 6.145 A Brief Introduction to Programming In Python (formerly 6.s080):
- lecturer: FA16, IAP17, SP17, SU17, IAP18, SU18, IAP19
- 6.009 Fundamentals of Programming:
- lecturer: SP18, FA18
- recitation instructor: SP17, FA17
- 6.02 Introduction to EECS via Communication Networks:
- course development ("lab czar"): FA12
- 2019 MIT EECS Digital Innovation Award
- 2017 MIT EECS Oustanding Educator Award
- 2015 MIT HKN/EECS Best Instructor Award
- 2012 Carlton E. Tucker Award for Excellence in Teaching
current m.eng students:
former m.eng students:
- Jeremy Wright (B.Sc 2019, M.Eng 2019): Python Semantic Investigator: An Interactive Debugger with Reversible State
- Samantha Briasco-Stewart (B.Sc 2017, M.Eng 2018): Making Python Easier to Learn with Improved Syntax Error Reporting
- Anne Kelley (B.Sc 2017, M.Eng 2018): A System for Classifying and Clarifying Python Syntax Errors for Educational Purposes
- Katy Kem (B.Sc 2016, M.Eng 2017): Laboratory Assignments for Teaching Introductory Signal Processing Concepts
- Jeremy Kaplan (B.Sc 2017, M.Eng 2017): An Interpreter for a Novice-Oriented Programming Language with Runtime Macros
- Rodrigo Gomes (B.Sc 2015, M.Eng 2016): The S4 Infrastructure Management System (co-supervised with Tomás Lozano-Pérez)
- Daniel Martelly (B.Sc 2014, M.Eng 2016): A System for Automatically Grading Graphs in an Educational Setting
- Michael Mekonnen (B.Sc 2013, M.Eng 2014): Automatic Protoboard Layout from Circuit Schematics (co-supervised with Dennis M. Freeman)
if you are a current student looking for a UROP or an M.Eng in the areas of education and/or educational technologies, feel free to reach out!
the following are a couple of software-related projects i have worked on (at least the ones that someone else might find useful):
- CAT-SOOP: a modern, programmable learning management system used in several courses at MIT and Olin College
- the tako shell: a command language and shell based on Python (a fork of xonsh, which I also worked on)
- hzeep: a nice terminal font
- minder: a simple text-based calendaring system
some of these projects are hosted on a Gitea instance on hz.mit.edu.
i grew up in rural Illinois (in the country near Princeton
my parents are both retired math teachers, and they currently own Anne's Antiques
my elder brother also teaches math, at Hononegah
in Rockton, IL.
i graduated from MIT with a b.sc in computer science and engineering in
2011, and with an m.eng in electrical engineering and computer science
i now live in Lexington, MA with my trusty feline companion
, whom i adopted from the
Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society
i keep myself occupied in my free time by playing and writing music,
programming, reading, and playing video games.
students occasionally ask about how i do my computing, so here is a brief summary
in case anyone is interested.
i am a supporter of the Free Software
movement, and i believe in the right to online privacy
the most reliable way to reach me is via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org
. i do not have a facebook, linkedin, google+, twitter, gmail, etc.
i appreciate it when e-mails are PGP encrypted
with this public key
(you can also download the key by running gpg --recv-keys 0xE179AD62
on a GNU/Linux system). if you do send me encrypted mail, please also include your public key so i can encrypt the response!