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School of Engineering awards for 2018

Awards were given to outstanding faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students.
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The MIT School of Engineering recently honored outstanding faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students, with its 2018 awards.

The Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching, given to a faculty member whose contributions have been characterized by dedication, care, and creativity, was presented to Srinivas Devadas, the Edwin Sibley Webster Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

The Junior Bose Award, for an outstanding contributor to education from among the junior faculty of the School of Engineering, went to Michael P. Short, the Norman C. Rasmussen Assistant Professor in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering

Ruth and Joel Spira Awards for Excellence in Teaching, awarded to one faculty member each in three departments — Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Nuclear Science and Engineering — to acknowledge “the tradition of high quality engineering education at MIT.” A fourth award rotates among the School of Engineering’s five other academic departments. This year's recipients were:

  • Emilio Baglietto, associate professor of nuclear science and engineering;
  • Regina Barzilay, the Delta Electronics Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science;
  • Rohit Karnik, associate professor of mechanical engineering; and
  • John N. Tsitsiklis, the Clarence J. Lebel Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, given to students who exhibit an outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering disciplines that contribute significantly to technological advances in the United States, were awarded to Meenakshi Chakraborty and Anna Sappington, both of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

The Henry Ford II Award, presented to a senior engineering student who has maintained a cumulative average of 5.0 at the end of their seventh term and who has exceptional potential for leadership in the profession of engineering and in society, was presented to Emma K. Vargo ’18, who majored in materials science and engineering.

The Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising, awarded to a faculty member who has demonstrated a lasting commitment to personal and professional development, was presented to Ronitt Rubinfeld, professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

The Graduate Student Extraordinary Teaching and Mentoring Award, given to a graduate student in the School of Engineering who has demonstrated extraordinary teaching and mentoring as a teaching or research assistant, was presented to Omer Tanovic, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

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