Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising

Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising

The Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising is given each year to a professor from each school who has served as an excellent advisor and mentor for graduate students. The award is named in honor of Frank E. Perkins, Dean of the Graduate School from 1983-95.

To nominate, visit the Graduate Student Council website. Please direct any questions to gsc-awards@mit.edu.

Frank E. Perkins
Frank E. Perkins, an expert on hydraulics, hydrology, dams, and other facets of water resources engineering, has had a long and varied career at MIT since coming to the Institute as an undergraduate in the 1950s. On the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 1965, he has also served as head of the department (1975–1980), associate provost (1980–1985), and dean of the graduate school (1983–1995). While dean, Professor Perkins started a training program for new faculty members and teaching assistants to help them develop the skills necessary for effective teaching.

Past Award Recipients

2019

  • Professor Alfredo Alexander-Katz, DMSE
  • Professor Amala Mahadevan, EAPS
  • Professor Andrey Malenko, Sloan
  • Professor James Poterba, Economics
  • Professor Lorena Bello Gomez, Architecture

2018

  • Professor Kripa K. Varanasi, MechE
  • Professor Pavel Etingof, Mathematics

2017

  • Professor Dennis McLaughlin, CEE
  • Professor Jesse Thaler, Physics
  • Professor Lawrence Vale, DUSP
  • Professor Barry R. Posen, Political Science

2016

  • Professor Stefan Helmreich, SHASS

2015

  • Professor Pavel Etingof, Mathematics

2014

  • Professor Jeffrey C. Grossman, DMSE

2013

  • Professor Martin Polz, CEE

2012

  • Professor David Kaiser, Director and Professor, STS and Senior Lecturer, Physics