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Livengood awarded inaugural Daniel and Eva Roos Engineering Systems Dissertation Prize

New award recognizes outstanding dissertation in the ESD PhD program.
Dan Livengood (center) with Eva and Dan Roos.
Dan Livengood (center) with Eva and Dan Roos.
Photo: Stefanie Koperniak/MIT ESD

Daniel Livengood has been awarded the inaugural Daniel and Eva Roos Engineering Systems Dissertation Prize.

Made possible by a gift from Engineering Systems Division (ESD) Founding Director Daniel Roos — the Japan Steel Industry Professor of Engineering Systems and Civil and Environmental Engineering, Emeritus — and his wife Eva Roos, the prize recognizes a recent graduate of the MIT ESD doctoral program whose dissertation has made the greatest contribution of original and generalizable scholarship to the engineering systems field of study. As winner of this award, Livengood’s name will be displayed on a perpetual plaque outside of ESD headquarters, and he received a custom-bound dissertation and $1,000 honorarium.

His dissertation is titled “The Energy Box: Comparing Locally Automated Control Strategies of Residential Electricity Consumption under Uncertainty.” His thesis adviser was Professor Richard Larson. The award recognizes the quality of Livengood’s doctoral research and its “potential for dramatic reduction in energy consumption,” as well as his personal contributions as a “hard-working, original, dedicated” member of the ESD community.

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