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William Wheaton, a pioneer in the field of urban economics who helped organize MIT's Center for Real Estate, is a co-winner of the 2007 Graaskamp Award, given by the Pension Real Estate Association.

Wheaton shares the award with his business partner, Raymond Torto; they have designated MIT's Center for Real Estate as the recipient of the award's $10K scholarship.

An authority on regional economics, Wheaton holds joint appointments in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and in the Department of Economics. A member of MIT's faculty since 1972, Wheaton helped pioneer the theory of how land, location and housing markets jointly operate. He also specializes in the problems of urban infrastructure and local government finance.

The Graaskamp Award, granted every other year, is among the most prestigious in the real estate industry.

Graduate students Jason Greenberg and Yanbo Wang have received Kauffman Dissertation Fellowships. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation awarded 16 fellowships in the amount of $20,000 each to current Ph.D. students who are engaged in the study of entrepreneurship at U.S. universities.

Kelly Engineering Resources, a global provider of engineering staffing solutions, announced that MIT mechanical engineering student Michaelle Mayalu is the winner of its fifth annual $5,000 Future Engineers Scholarship.

Mayalu "illustrates the forward thinking and ingenuity our future workforce is capable of offering potential employers," said Teresa Carroll, vice president of Kelly Engineering Resources. "There is an eminent shortage of talent in our industry, so Kelly Engineering applauds students like Michaelle for their hard work and commitment to the field of engineering."

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 16, 2008 (download PDF).

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