Awards and Honors


Junior Matthew Zedler was honored as one of 50 Goldman Sachs Global Leaders at the fifth annual Goldman Sachs Global Leadership Institute, held July 11-14 in New York City. Zedler, of Richmond, Va., earned his place in the program by demonstrating his commitment to thinking globally in order to address the world's current and future challenges.

Zedler is studying mechanical engineering and working toward his goal of starting a company that manages development projects in Third World countries.

MIT's head humanities librarian, Theresa Tobin, was elected to the American Library Association (ALA) Council in May.��

The council is the governing body of the oldest and largest library association in the world. Tobin will be one of 33 councilors chosen to set the policies of ALA and determine programs and activities to be carried out by the divisions. She will contribute to issues that affect libraries nationwide and influence public policy.��Prior to her election, Tobin served as chair of the Council Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL) for three years. She has been head of MIT's Humanities Library for the past 15 years.

Karen Polenske, professor of urban studies and planning, has been named a Regional Science Association International (RSAI) Fellow for 2005. Polenske, the first female recipient of the award, was honored for her important scholarly research contributions to the field of regional science.

Robert Liebeck, a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and manager of Boeing's blended wing program, has been selected by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics to receive its 2005 Aircraft Design Award. The award is presented to a design engineer or team for the conception, definition or development of an original concept leading to a significant advancement in aircraft design or design technology.

AIAA is recognizing Liebeck for lifetime achievement in aerodynamics, advanced aircraft development and conceptual design, specifically the innovative wing designs for the Boeing Condor, AeroVironment Helios and the blended wing-body approach airliner.

Sarah Song, assistant professor of political science, has been named one of eight visiting scholars at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The visiting scholars, selected as part of a national competition, conduct research and participate in the many ongoing programs and activities at the Academy. Song's research project is an analysis of the conflicts that can arise between the pursuit of equal justice for cultural minorities and the pursuit of gender equality.

MIT has been named a winner of the 2005 Council for Advancement and Support of Education/Wealth ID Award for Educational Fund Raising, which honors superior fund-raising programs across the country.

MIT was selected for the award based on the judges' analysis of data submitted to the Council for Aid to Education's annual voluntary support of education survey.

Jonathan Krones, a junior in materials science and engineering, has been awarded the Gupton A. Vogt Oxford Cup Memorial Scholarship, presented by the Beta Theta Pi Foundation, for $600.

Timothy Swager, head of the chemistry department, has received a $5,000 Homeland Security Award from the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation. The awards were presented to four individuals who are conducting research in the nation's companies, laboratories and universities to deal with the threat of terrorism. Swager's work includes development of novel chemical and biological sensors, which are now being tested by U.S. Marines in Iraq to detect roadside bombs and by the U.S. Air Force to screen cargo.

Several MIT professors were recently inducted to the Biomedical Engineering Society's Inaugural Class of Fellows at the society's annual conference in Baltimore, Md. They are Institute Professor Robert Langer; Roger Kamm, professor of biological engineering; Douglas Lauffenburger, professor of biological engineering; Chi-Sang Poon, principal research scientist at HST; and Laurence Young, professor of astronautics and aeronautics and professor at HST.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 19, 2005 (download PDF).


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