On Jan. 17, Information Systems presented the first Steven Wade Neiterman Award to two recipients: Gregory A. Dancer, a technical assistant in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and Jonathan M. Hunt, co-team leader of the Information Systems Software Release Team.
Mr. Dancer was cited for his "motivation to create real solutions and his collaborative and diplomatic spirit." Mr. Hunt was honored for his "ability to coach in an approachable way and his broad involvement in MIT's IT [information technology] community." Each received a cash award, a plaque and two special mementos: a baseball cap stitched with "Wade Award," along with an engraved coach's whistle.
The award honors the late Steven Wade Neiterman, a senior analyst programmer in Information Systems who died unexpectedly in 1998. It recognizes individuals engaged in information technology work at the Institute who share qualities that Neiterman embodied: his dedication and commitment to MIT, his devotion to creating a sense of community and his coaching skills.
Neiterman's parents, Edward and Janice Neiterman, fund the award. Edward and Wade's brother Ira attended the award ceremony; Edward spoke of Wade's pride in MIT and the family's honor in working with Information Systems to create the annual award.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 6, 2002.