Awards and Honors


Institute Professor Robert Langer was named one of the "Fast 50: The People Who Will Change How We Work and Live over the Next 10 Years" in the March issue of Fast Company. The magazine writes that Langer, who specializes in innovative drug delivery systems, "is so creative -- and so astonishingly prolific -- that it's hard to imagine another scientist poised to have a major impact in so many different ways over the next decade."

Alan V. Oppenheim, Ford Professor of Engineering, is the 2005 recipient of the Signal Processing Education Award of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Signal Processing Society. The award honors educators who have made pioneering and significant contributions to signal processing education.

Gregory Stephanopoulos, professor of chemical engineering, was recently inducted as a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. The 98 new members were inducted on Thursday, March 2, in Washington, D.C.

Ioannis V. Yannis, professor of polymer science and engineering, has been selected as a member of the editorial board of the Institute of Physics' newest journal, Biomedical Materials.

Marlene Manoff, associate head and collection manager at Dewey Humanities Library, has been honored with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women's Studies Section Career Achievement Award. The award recognizes significant longstanding contributions to women's studies in the field of librarianship over the course of a career. The award will be presented during the American Library Association annual conference in June.

Leticia Soto, who entered MIT's System Design and Management (SDM) program in January, was honored by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers with the "Hispanic in Technology -- Government Award" at that organization's national convention held just a few days after she began the SDM program.��The award is presented to an individual whose outstanding achievements have contributed to the field of engineering on a continuous basis, through design, production, management, research or any phase of engineering, and resulted in significant impact.

Sharon E. Gillett, principal research associate in the Engineering Systems Division's Center for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development, and Michail Bletsas, director of computing at the Media Lab, were recently named to the City of Boston's WiFi Task Force, which is charged with making Boston a world leader in wireless Internet access. The WiFi Task Force will explore how the city can utilize its assets, such as streetlights and buildings, to create an innovative wireless system that works for Boston. The task force will deliver a report this summer.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 22, 2006 (download PDF).


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