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Awards and Honors

Robert Clark Jr., audit manager in MIT's internal audit department, has received the Association of College and University Auditors' Member Excellence Award. The award recognized Mr. Clark's "contribution as an instructor in ACUA's professional continuing education efforts as well as his impact on ACUA's extensive information exchange programs."

Anne M. Mayes (SB '86), the Class of '48 Assistant Professor of Polymer Physics, has been awarded the inaugural Joseph Lane Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The biennial prize was recently established with a gift from Joseph R. Lane (ScD '50) who was a senior staff metallurgist with the National Academy of Sciences' National Materials Advisory Board. The award recognizes development of imaginative new courses, improvement of current curricula, research efforts which enhance teaching excellence, and demonstrated effectiveness in the classroom. Professor Mayes, who researches the dynamics and thermodynamics of macromolecular systems, was honored for her work in revamping 3.081 (Materials Structures Laboratory).

JR East Professor Joseph M. Sussman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering was recently selected to receive that department's annual Effective Teaching Award, based on student course evaluations for 1996-97. Professor Sussman, who is director of the Association of American Railroads Affiliated Laboratory at MIT, researches the planning, investment analysis, operations, management, design and maintenance of large-scale transportation systems.

Dr. Reinhard Goethert, a research associate in the Department of Architecture, is one of two winners of the Habitat Scroll of Honour Award for his "outstanding contribution in the development of innovative methodologies, training and field practice in Community Action Planning." The award from the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements in Nairobi recognizes the work of Drs. Goethert and Nabeel Hamdi, authors of Action Planning for Cities. Their work has been used in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other countries to build national policy and to empower communities to design and manage their own settlement programs.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 19, 1997.

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