The MIT School of Engineering hosted its 17th annual Infinite Mile Awards ceremony on May 15, to recognize and reward members of the school’s administrative, support, service, and sponsored research staff whose work is of the highest caliber. The awards support the Institute’s and the School of Engineering’s objectives for excellence.
Nominations are made by department heads and laboratory directors, and the awards are presented to individuals and teams who stand out due to their high level of commitment, energy, and enthusiasm. Since their inception in 2001, the School of Engineering’s Infinite Mile Awards have been presented to nearly 200 staff members.
For the quality of their contributions, the individuals who earned the Infinite Mile Award for Excellence were:
- Rachel Batista from the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering;
- Beth Milnes from the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society;
- Ludmila Leoparde from the Microsystems Technology Laboratories;
- Bill Litant from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics;
- Melinda Lyman-Wright from the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science;
- Michelle Morrison from the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science; and
- Stacy Springs from the Center for Biomedical Innovation.
In addition to the Infinite Mile Awards, the School of Engineering presented two Ellen J. Mandigo Awards for Outstanding Service. Established in 2009, the award recognizes staff who have demonstrated, over an extended period of time, the qualities Ellen J. Mandigo valued and possessed during her long career at MIT: intelligence, skill, hard work, and dedication to the Institute. This award is made possible by a bequest from Mandigo, a member of the MIT engineering community for nearly five decades.
The 2017 recipients are Lisa Bella from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Beth Tuths from the Department of Chemical Engineering.