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Arthur C. Smith Award

Arthur C. Smith Award

The Arthur C. Smith Award was established in 1996 on the occasion of Dean Smith’s retirement from the position of Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs. The award honors his service and is presented to a member of the MIT faculty for meaningful contributions and devotion to undergraduate student life and learning at MIT.

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Past Winners

2017

  • Professor Daniel Jackson, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

2016

  • Professor Shankar Raman ‘86, Literature Section

2015

  • Professor Rebecca Saxe, Brain and Cognitive Sciences

2014

  • Professor Anne EC McCants

2013

  • Professor Samuel Allen, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

2012

  • Professor John Winston Belcher, Department of Physics

2011

  • Professor J. Kim Vandiver, Department of Mechanical Engineering

The complete lists of past winners.

Arthur C. Smith, an expert in the field of solid-state physics, began his career at MIT in 1959 as an electrical engineering faculty member. He spent the next 50 years at MIT as an innovative educator, trusted advisor, thoughtful leader, and advocate for students. He was dean for undergraduate and student affairs from 1991 to 1994 and chair of the faculty from 1983 to 1985. Born in Oklahoma in 1929, Professor Smith earned a B.S. in physics at the University of Kansas in 1951, and went on to Harvard, where he earned an A.M. and a Ph.D. in physics in 1954 and 1958, respectively. Art was known for being a transformative force in shaping MIT’s approach to student life and learning.

 

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