The annual awards are given for faculty members’ work as undergraduate instructors: Kelner teaches 18.440, Probability and Random Variables; Mavalvala teaches 8.13, Experimental Physics.
Kelner’s research focuses on the application of techniques from pure mathematics to the solution of fundamental problems in algorithms and complexity theory. He received a BA from Harvard and a PhD from MIT in 2006. In 2011, Kelner also received the Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award.
Mavalvala's research focuses on interferometric gravitational waves and quantum measurement, through the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory. She received a BA from Wellesley College, and a PhD from MIT in 1997. Mavalvala was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010.