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Mitchell Wand

Part-Time Lecturer

Professor Emeritus


Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
308 West Village H
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Mitchell Wand, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

  • Probabilistic programming language
  • Binding-safe programming


  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • SB, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Mitchell Wand is a professor emeritus and part-time lecturer of computer science in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University. He earned his PhD degree in 1973 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then began his academic career in the Department of Computer Science at Indiana University, where he was promoted to full professor in 1982. In 1985, he joined Northeastern, where he served as associate dean of Khoury College until 1991.

Wand’s interests center around the semantics of programming languages and issues of compiler correctness. For the past five years, Wand has been developing the course “Program Design Paradigms,” which aims to teach systematic program design and functional programming to incoming students at the graduate level. He has developed a large body of online materials, which enables the college to give this experience to a broad audience of students.

He is the author of over 120 published papers and three books, including “Essentials of Programming Languages,” co-authored with Daniel P. Friedman and Christopher T. Haynes of Indiana University, which is now in its third edition. Wand serves on the editorial boards of Logical Methods in Computer Science and the Journal of Higher-Order and Symbolic Computation. He is also a fellow of the ACM and a senior member of IEEE.