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Professor James M. Utterback, the David J. McGrath Jr. Professor of Management and Innovation and Engineering Systems at the Sloan School, received two honors this past summer. In June, he was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Technology Management Education Association. The Board of Directors cited Utterback for his "seminal contributions to the field of technology management education through his long-time leadership efforts in fundamental research, program development and fostering an effective dialogue among academic and industry technology professionals."

Utterback was appointed a member of the University of Chicago's Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory for a threee-year term beginning early September. The laboratory has four missions: fundamental and applied science, scientific research facilities, energy and environmental science and national security.

Three MIT professors and a student were honored for their papers at the 2004 Annual International Symposium of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) held June 21-24 in Toulouse, France. INCOSE is the professional society for systems engineering, with more than 5,000 members internationally. Olivier de Weck, assistant professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems, won the best paper award in the Modeling and Tools category. Co-authored with M.B Jones, de Weck's paper was entitled "Isoperformance: Analysis and Design of Complex Systems with Known or Desired Outcomes." De Weck also won, along with Christopher Magee, Professor of the Practice of Engineering Systems and Mechanical Engineering, a second-best paper award at the conference in the Education and Research category for a paper entitled "Complex Systems Classification." Graduate student Nicolas Dulac, a student of Nancy Leveson, professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering sytems, won the INCOSE Best Student Paper Award for "An Approach to Design of Complex Systems," co-authored by Leveson.

Yu Chen, a postdoctoral associate in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), was awarded a two-year fellowship from the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation (CRPF). Chen joined RLE in June 2003 after receiving his doctoral degree from the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Under the supervision of Professor James G. Fujimoto, he is working to increase the understanding and biomedical applications of optical coherence tomography (OCT), an emerging biomedical imaging technology. With CRPF's support, Chen will further develop OCT technology for the molecular imaging of cancer, particularly in the area of early cancer detection. This project involves the collaboration of the Boston Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Harvard Medical School; and Lightlab Imaging, Inc.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 6, 2004 (download PDF).

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