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Teaching with Digital Technology Award

The Teaching with Digital Technology Awards are student-nominated awards for faculty & instructors who have effectively used digital technology to improve teaching and learning at MIT.  The awards recognize faculty for their teaching innovations and give the MIT community the opportunity to learn from their practices. The awards are co-sponsored by The Office of Digital Learning (ODL), the Dean of Undergraduate Education (DUE), and the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education (ODGE).

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Past Winners

2017

  • (Group Award) Bryan Moser, Olivier de Weck, Ed Crawley, Bruce Cameron for EM.411, EM.412, EM.413 Systems Design and Mmt (Fall 16, IAP 17, Sp' 17)
  • Michael Scott Cuthbert for 21M.220 Medieval and Renaissance Music, Sp' 17; 21M.051 Fundamentals of Music, Fall 16
  • Tracy Slatyer for 8.033, Relativity, Fall 15; 8.32, Quantum Field Theory, Sp' 17

2016

  • Chris Terman SM’78 PhD ‘83, 6.004
  • Max Goldman ’04 PhD ’12 & Rob Miller ‘95, 6.005
  • Lorna Gibson, 3.032
  • Kurt Fendt, 21G.420
  • Peter Dourmashkin ’76 PhD’84, 8.01 & 8.02

Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching was established in 1990 by the School of Engineering to recognize outstanding contributions to undergraduate education by members of its faculty.

If you have any questions about the Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching please contact via email.

Past Winners

2017

  • Professor Lorna Gibson, Materials Science & Engineering

2016

  • Prof. Maria Yang ’91, Mechanical Engineering

2015

  • Professor Leslie Kaelbling, EECS

2014

  • Jeffrey Grossman

2013

  • Professor Steven B. Leeb ’87, School of Engineering

2012

  • Professor William Deen, Department of Chemical Engineering

 

Amar Bose was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1929. He has had close ties with MIT since coming to the Institute as an undergraduate in the late 1940s. He earned an S.B. and an S.M. in electrical engineering in 1952 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in the same field in 1956. While teaching at MIT in the 1950s, he developed and cultivated a strong interest in sound systems, which led to nighttime research in labs such as Building 20’s anechoic chamber. In 1964, Professor Bose and five former students went into the business of developing and manufacturing quality high-fidelity equipment. The Bose Corporation in Framingham, Massachusetts, has been a leader in sound-related research and development ever since.

 

Irwin Sizer Award for the Most Significant Improvement to MIT Education

The Irwin Sizer Award is presented to any member or group in the Institute community to honor significant innovations and improvements to MIT education. The award is named in honor of Irwin W. Sizer, Dean of the Graduate School from 1967-1975.

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

Past Winners

2017

  • Was not awarded

2016

  • Prof. Tom Leighton, Mathematics
  • Dean Michael Sipser, Mathematics

2015

  • Dr. Lee Perlman, MIT Concourse Learning Program

2014

  • Dr. Robert Tong-Ik Shin, Lincoln Laboratory

2013

  • Prof. J. Meejin Yoon, Department of Architecture
 

Irwin Whiting Sizer, a pioneer in molecular biology and champion of the recruitment of women and minority students, taught at MIT for over 60 years. He joined the MIT faculty in 1935 as an instructor in the Department of Biology and was named chair of the department in 1956, a position he held until 1967 when he was appointed dean of the graduate school. Sizer served as dean until 1976, when he returned to the Department of Biology as professor emeritus and instructor. He was instrumental in the development of many programs at MIT, including Whitaker College, the joint Ph.D. in oceanography at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology Program, and the introduction of interdisciplinary master’s degrees. Within the Department of Biology, he played a major role in the evolution of the biology curriculum from a classical program to a modern molecular biology program.

 

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 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.

Past Winners

2017

  • Professor Dennis McLaughlin, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor Jesse Thaler, Department of Physics
  • Professor Lawrence Vale, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
  • Professor Barry R. Posen, Department of Political Science

2016

  • Prof. Stefan Helmreich, SHASS

2015

  • Professor Pavel Etingof, Department of Mathematics

2014

  • Jeffrey C. Grossman, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

2013

  • Professor Martin Polz, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

2012

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

The complete lists of past winners.

 

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.

 

Gordon Y Billard Award

The Gordon Y. Billard award is named in honor of Mr. Billard, a member of the Class of 1924. This individual award is made annually to a member of the Faculty or non-Faculty employee, or one not affiliated with the Institute. The criteria is for an individual (not a team) who has given “special service of outstanding merit performed for the Institute.”

Those nominated must have had an impact beyond performing their normal job duties. These efforts would be broad in scope (affects many departments or units, or people), and has been sustained contributions for many years (some nominees have made contributions in excess of 15 years). Examples of this might include serving as chair of a cross-departmental task force whose findings or actions moved MIT’s mission forward (e.g. Kendall project or Task force on Undergraduate Education. Another example might be initiating and nurturing a new student program such as MISTI, DLab, Global Education and Global alliances.

This individual also could have been the driving force behind the creation of a revitalized graduate community or the Campaign for Students. Finally, the nominee should have created important, lasting and varied contributions to the MIT community. The recipient normally has had a significant portfolio of service to MIT.

If you have any questions about the Gordon Y Billard Award please contact via email.

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Past Winners

2017

  • Gayle Gallagher, Institute Affairs
  • Ian Waitz, School of Engineering

2016

  • Alyce Johnson, Human Resources
  • Jagruti Patel ‘97, Chancellor's Office
  • Prof. John Ochsendorf, Department of Architecture/Civil and Environmental Engineering

2015

  • John P. Dunbar, Assistant to the Provost for Space Planning
  • Adèle Naudé Santos, Professor, Department of Architecture

2014

  • Claude Canizares
  • Dorothy Mark
  • Roger Mark

2013

  • Professor Suzanne Berger, Department of Political Science
  • Daniel E. Hastings, Dean for Undergraduate Education

2012

  • Professor J. Kim Vandiver, Dean for Undergraduate Research, Department of Mechanical Engineering
     
 

Gordon Y Billard, an expert in finance and investing, was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1900. He prepared at the University of Cincinnati for two years before coming to MIT, where he earned an S.B. in business administration in 1924. He subsequently pursued additional education in business, finance, and law at New York University. Mr. Billard was a partner at J.R. Williston & Company of New York and worked as a statistician, analyst, and financial consultant for many years. Shortly before his death in 1983, he established the Gordon Y Billard Fund in memory of his mother. The fund provides for the Gordon Y Billard Award and endows several professorships at the Alfred P. Sloan School of Management.

Everett Moore Baker Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

The Everett Moore Baker Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching is presented to faculty members, in recognition of exceptional interest and ability in the instruction of undergraduates. This is the only teaching award in which the nomination and selection of the recipients is done entirely by the students. The award is given in memory of Everett Moore Baker, Dean of Students from 1947-1950.

If you have any questions about the Everett Moore Baker Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching please contact via email.

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Past Winners

2017

  • Professor Tracy Slatyer, Department of Physics

2016

  • Prof. Srinivas Devadas, EECS

2015

  • Professor Tonio Buonassisi, Mechanical Engineering

2014

  • Professor William A. Tisdale

2013

  • Professor Allan Adams, Department of Physics

2012

  • Professor Edward M. Greitzer, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Earll M. Murman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

Presented to a faculty member who has served as an excellent advisor and mentor for undergraduates and who has had a significant impact on their personal lives and academic success. The Report of the Task Force on the Undergraduate Educational Commons (October 2006) highlighted the importance of quality advising and mentoring of students and the potential impact these relationships have on student success.

If you have any questions about the Earll M. Murman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising please contact via email.

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Past Winners

2017

  • Professor Elsa A. Olivetti, Department of Materials Science & Engineering

2016

  • Prof. Michael Short ’05 PhD’10

2015

  • Professor John G. Brisson, Mechanical Engineering

2014

  • Professor Frans Kaashoek

2013

  • Professor Heidi Nepf, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

2012

  • Professor Maria C. Yang, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Engineering Systems Division

The complete lists of past winners.

 

Earll M. Murman received a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering (1963), and an M.S (1965) and Ph.D. (1967) in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University. Following a successful career in industry as a vice president and general manager, Murman joined the MIT faculty in 1980 as a full professor. His MIT tenure has included service as director of Project Athena (1988-1991), head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (1991-1996), director of the Lean Aerospace Initiative (1995-2002), and deputy head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2005-2006).

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.

If you have any questions about the Arthur C. Smith Award please contact via email.

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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.

 

John S.W. Kellett '47 Award

The John S. W. Kellett ’47 Award recognizes any MIT individual or group for an exceptional and/or sustained commitment to creating a more welcoming environment at MIT, including but not limited to, improving the experience of lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender (LBGT), and questioning individuals.

The award honors Mr. Kellett, whose spirited support has enabled significant improvements in the lives of members of MIT’s LBGT community.

If you have any questions about the John S.W. Kellett '47 Award please contact via email.

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Past Winners

2017

  • Queer West

2016

  • Graduate Queer Women Group
    • Rebecca Heywood ’12 G
    • Audra Amasino G
    • Lakshmi Kannan G

2015

  • Margaret Lattanzi-Silveus ‘16

2014

  • Lincoln Laboratory Out Professional Employee Network (OPEN)

2013

  • Idan A. Blank G

2012

  • Cory Hernandez '14
 

John S. W. Kellett was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, in 1927 and earned both an S.B. in chemical engineering (1947) and an S.M. in chemical engineering practice (1948) at MIT. He spent most of his career with Exxon focusing on refinery planning and project management. While he knew he was gay, he was closeted for most of his life. In 1972, when Exxon transferred him to Houston from overseas (the Stonewall Riots occurred during his absence and without his knowledge), he was determined to integrate the various aspects of his life and, later, to become an advocate for improving the experience of lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgendered (LBGT) individuals. As his 50th reunion approached, he challenged MIT to examine its support of its LBGT community, resulting in the creation of the LBGT Issues Group, BGALA, and a broad spectrum of services. He continues to be a tireless advocate for these issues and an ongoing inspiration.

Laya Wiesner Community Award

Established in 1999, this award honors Mrs. Wiesner’s legacy at MIT. The award is presented to a member or friend of the MIT community for conspicuously effective service that reflects Mrs. Wiesner’s concerns for enhancing life at the Institute and in the world at large.

If you have any questions about the Laya Wiesner Community Award please contact via email.

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Past Winners

2017

  • Julie Norman, Director, UAAP & Senior Associate Dean, DUE

2016

  • Paula Ruiz Castillo G

2015

  • Caleb Harper, Media Laboratory

2014

  • Borislava (Bori) Stoyanova

2013

  • Michele Pratusevich ‘13

2012

  • Kimberly Benard, Assistant Director, Global Education and Career Development Center
 

Laya Wainger Wiesner, wife of MIT’s President Jerome Wiesner, served as the Institute’s First Lady from 1971 to 1980. Mrs. Wiesner earned a B.S. in mathematics at the University of Michigan in 1940 and married in the same year. During the Wiesner presidency, Mrs. Wiesner was active in many Institute projects, including the MIT Women’s League, the MIT Advisory Committee on Women and Work, and the Advisory Board of MIT’s Child Development Center. She also worked to increase the number of women on the faculty. Beyond MIT, she helped found and support the Metropolitan Council on Education, was a leader of the Massachusetts League of Women Voters, and an active supporter of their efforts to aid the civil rights movement in the South.

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