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Awards and honors

Six MIT faculty members have been named fellows by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). This distinction recognizes important contributions to the advancement or application of engineering, science and technology, bringing the realization of significant value to society. The IEEE fellows are:

Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande, professor of electrical engineering, for contributions to the development of digital self-aligned gate technology and vacuum microelectronic devices.

Emery Brown, a professor in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, for contributions to state-space algorithms for point processes and applications to neuroscience data.

Judy Hoyt, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, for contributions to silicon-based heterostructure devices and technology.

Roger Mark, distinguished professor of health science and technology, for development of physiologic signal data-bases and automated arrhythmia analysis.

Muriel Medard, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, for contributions to wideband wireless fading channels and network coding.

Jacob White, Cecil H. Green Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, for contributions to simulation tools for RF circuits, electrical interconnects and micromachined devices.

Structural engineer John Ochsendorf, Class of 1942 Career Development Professor in the Department of Architecture, is a winner of the 2007-08 Rome Prize Competition sponsored by the American Academy in Rome. He is the first engineer to be awarded a Rome Prize by the Academy.

Currently in residence in Rome, Ochsendorf is collaborating with Italian preservationists to identify assessment methods and repair strategies for historic masonry vaulting.

Earll Murman, Ford Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, in the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department and Engineering Systems Division, has been named to present the SAE International/American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics William Littlewood Memorial Lecture at the annual AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit. This honor recognizes an individual "who has made significant contributions to the field of air transport engineering."

A team of MIT Sloan and LFM (Leaders for Manufacturing) M.B.A. students took first place at Carnegie Mellon University's 12th Annual International Operations Case Study Competition, held in Pittsburgh. The team members were Mike Beaser and Steve Rulison from Sloan and David Larson, Pete Frys and Laurel Hoffman from LFM.

Teams were judged on the soundness of their reasoning, their analysis of the problem and the strength of their business assessment. The Institute team--the third from MIT that has won first place--took home a prize of $10,000.

Conor Walsh and Nevan Hanumara, both graduate students in mechanical engineering, reached the finals of this year's Collegiate Inventors Competition, organized by the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation. They were honored for their work on a device that makes needle biopsies less invasive. Their machine, called Robopsy, is a lightweight plastic device that holds a biopsy needle and can sit on a patient's chest during a CT scan. The device could make lung biopsies easier and less time-consuming. Robopsy won the grand prize for business venture in the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition in May.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on December 5, 2007 (download PDF).

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