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Awards (miscellaneous)

Advisors praised

A senior and two juniors have been honored as outstanding associate advisors for their work with faculty members and entering students. Astrid A. Richter, a senior in mechanical engineering from Concord, CA, Linda Tsang, a junior in civil and environmental engineering from Baltimore, MD, and Jason Wertheim, junior in chemical engineering from Los Angeles, were cited by the Associate Advisor Steering Committee and Undergraduate Academic Affairs in recognition of superior service as associate advisors.


Grippo wins Goody Prize

Gerard J. Grippo, a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering, is the 1995 winner of the Marvin E. Goody Prize awarded annually to a student about to prepare his or her master's thesis. The aim of the award is to encourage work that explores the bond between good design and good building, that extends the horizons of existing building techniques and materials, and that encourages links between the academic world and the building industry.

Professor Oral Buyukozturk is supervising Mr. Grippo's thesis, "Applications of Sensor Technology for Infrastructure Condition Monitoring."


Kelly Prizes honor essays

I. Austin Kelly III Prizes recognize outstanding humanistic scholarly essays. Focusing on international affairs, this year's winners were:

Anne S. Kohnen, a senior in mechanical engineering from Portland, OR, whose essay was "Russia's Emerging Computer Networks: Democracy by Wire."

Edward A. Miguel, a junior in economics and mathematics from Tenafly, NJ, for an essay entitled "Strategies for Growth with Ethnoeconomic Balance: Malaysian Lessons for South Africa."


Two receive Orloff Prizes

Two students shared the 1994 Joel Matthew Orloff UROP Prize: Jennifer R. Mills, a junior in physics from Portland, OR, and Dexter M.J. Mootoo, a senior in mechanical engineering from Santacruz, West Indies. This annual prize is given to undergraduates who have demonstrated "outstanding ability and creativity" in research in or related to physics. Ms. Mills is working with Dr. Heidi Hammel in Neptune imaging. Mr. Mootoo is conducting research with Dr. Jagadeesh Moodera in the transport studies of half-metallic ferromagnets.


Gulf Stream study garners Sea grant Program award

The 1995 Dean A. Horn Award for excellence in marine-related undergraduate research was won by Steven R. Jayne, a senior in earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences from Auburn, NY.

The award, given by the MIT Sea Grant Program, was in recognition of Mr. Jayne's project entitled "Dynamics of Beta Plane Jets: A Nonlinear Model of the Gulf Stream." The Horn Award, established in 1983 by friends of former MIT Sea Grant College Program director Dean A. Horn, is given to an undergraduate whose UROP project best reflects Mr. Horn's concern for wise and safe utilization of marine resources; his diligence, enthusiasm and integrity in pursuit of research and engineering projects; and his careful documentation and effective communication of the results.


Technology & Policy Program recognizes seven students

Six graduate students and one senior in the Technology and Policy Program were honored at an awards reception last month. The 1994 award for best thesis on technology and policy was presented to Michael W. Opitz of Norman, OK.

Joseph J. Bambenek of Hastings, MN, received the1994 Alumni Leadership Award.

Lynn I-Shen Yang, a senior in civil and environmental engineering from Lafayette, CA, received the Marvin and Joanne Grossman Award for international understanding.

Three students received Alfred Keil Fellowships for the Wiser Uses of Science and Technology: Jennifer Howard of Somerville, MA, Narasimha D. Rao of Foster City, CA, and Wendy Pabich of Marblehead, MA.

The Donald F. Cooke Award for public service was given to Edward C.F. Lovelace of Somerville, MA.


Miguel wins Truman Scholarship

Edward A. Miguel, a junior in economics and mathematics from Tenafly, NJ, is one of about 85 students nationwide to win a 1995 Harry S Truman Scholarship. The awards are given to undergraduate juniors with outstanding leadership potential, intellectual strength, communication skills and analytical abilities who plan to pursue careers in public service. The scholarships provide for the student's final year in college and beginning graduate school.

Mr. Miguel, who also won a Kelly Essay prize, is the first MIT student to win a Truman Scholarship since 1988.


Three Air Force cadets cited

Charlotte M. Brown, a junior in aeronautics and astronautics from Grand Prairie, TX, has received the Concord Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Achievement Award. The award, which carries a cash grant, recognizes outstanding achievement and excellence in engineering studies.

The Aerospace Education Foundation's Theodore von Karman Graduate Scholarship has been given to Holly S.C. Goo, a senior in civil and environmental engineering from Silver Spring, MD. The grant is awarded to Air Force ROTC cadets who plan to pursue an advanced degree in mathematics, engineering or a technical science. Only five are awarded nationwide.

Michael A. Usowski, a sophmore in political science from Auburn, NY, won the Association of Old Crows Scholarship Grant in recognition of achievements as a student and support provided to ROTC.


Two named Wilson Fellows

Carroll L. Wilson '32 Awards honor the memory of the MIT faculty member who devoted much of his career to seeking solutions to global problems through the application of scientific, engineering, economic and political analysis of plans of action. The Wilson Fellowships are awarded for student proposals to apply contemporary technology to international problems. The 1995 winners, both graduate students in urban studies and planning, and their proposals are: Lynn Pikholz of Cape, South Africa, "Learning from Shack Dwellers: Lessons From Three Upgrade Projects in South Africa."

John Clancy Powers Jr. of Wilton, CT, "Assistance to the Informal Economy in Dakar, Senegal: A Mechanism for Stimulating Political Mobilization?"

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 7, 1995.

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