Institute Professor Mildred S. Dresselhaus will receive the 2004 Founders Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Elec-tronics Engineers. Past winners in-clude the late MIT President Emeritus Jerome B. Wiesner, who received the honor in 1977, and Raymond S. Stata (S.B. 1957) who received the 2003 award. Stata is a life member of the MIT Corporation.
According to the Founders Medal citation, Dresselhaus is being honored "for leadership across many fields of science and engineering through research and education, and for exceptional and unique contributions to the profession." Dresselhaus is the first woman to receive the Founders Medal, which was established in 1952.
MIT OpenCourseWare has been recognized as one of the 2003 "InfoWorld 100" by InfoWorld magazine in its Nov. 10 issue. The annual awards honor companies and institutions that demonstrate the most creative use of technologies to further their business goals. Companies were nominated by readers, technology partners and end-user companies.
OpenCourseWare (OCW) was honored for its content management system, a highly customized version of the Microsoft Content Management Server 2002 that provides a scalable platform for managing up to one million resources (PDFs, images, text files, multimedia simulations, etc.) published on the OCW web site at http://ocw.mit.edu. The customization was accomplished with the support of Microsoft and the Sapient Corp. using Microsoft's .NET framework and the Windows Server System, including Microsoft CMS 2002.
Professor John-Paul Clarke of aeronautics and astronautics has won the FAA Excellence in Aviation Award given by the Federal Aviation Administration. He was recognized for developing a 3-D noise simulation and design tool that factored in atmospheric conditions, and for his work in designing and flight-testing a new noise abatement procedure that reduced community noise.
Clarke is also an expert in environmental compatibility and air traffic management. He was recently named director of the FAA's Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Aircraft Noise and Aviation Emissions Mitigation (MIT Tech Talk, Sept. 25, 2003).
Gus Cervini, special projects manager at the Broad Institute, and Krisztina Holly, executive director of the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, were named to Boston Business Journal's sixth annual 40 Under 40 list, "a selection of 40 of the best and brightest of greater Boston's businesspeople under 40 years old." The special pullout section in the Oct. 3 issue includes real estate professionals, attorneys, nonprofit executives and scientists.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on December 3, 2003.