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Xerox Day celebrates fellowship recipients

Celebrating this year's Xerox-MIT fellowship recipients
The 2010 Xerox-MIT Fellows are, left to right: Rhonda Jordan, Greg Little, Amy Mueller, Melissa Smith, and Biliana Kaneva.
The 2010 Xerox-MIT Fellows are, left to right: Rhonda Jordan, Greg Little, Amy Mueller, Melissa Smith, and Biliana Kaneva.

A delegation from Xerox came to the MIT campus on May 3 to celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s Xerox-MIT fellowship recipients. Working on a wide range of topics — from best methods for decision-making in complex energy supply systems to parallel and iterative human computation processes and beyond — this year’s fellows are the third cohort in a model program for industry-academy collaboration.

Xerox-MIT fellows work with their faculty advisors at MIT and a practicing engineer at Xerox. Along with their regular courses of study at MIT, they may also spend a summer working at one of Xerox's research centers worldwide with their second mentor. The Xerox-MIT partnership combines the best of engineering education with the best of engineering practice — a combination that lies at the very heart of the School of Engineering's educational priorities.

Hosting this year’s event for the School of Engineering were Dean Subra Suresh and Associate Dean for Research Karen Gleason. Attending from Xerox were Xerox Innovation Group President Sophie Vandebroek, and research staff from Xerox Research Center Webster (New York), including Vice President and Center Manager James Larson, who provided an overview of the company’s current and future research directions.

Xerox has been supporting fellowships in the School of Engineering since 2007. Each year, five PhD students are named Xerox-MIT fellows and awarded nine-month fellowships, including full tuition and stipend. Areas of interest for the 2011 fellowship cycle are:
  1. green technologies;
  2. video, imaging and smart documents;
  3. nano-technology;
  4. data mining, visualization, and analytics;
  5. complex systems design and analysis;
  6. cloud and distributed computing;
  7. knowledge work automation;
  8. web and social computing
The application deadline for the 2011 fellowships is May 27, 2010. For more information, visit the School of Engineering website.

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