The School of Engineering made the following awards to students and faculty in its 10 departments for 1999-2000.
Jennifer T. Law, a junior in electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) from Palo Alto, CA, andChristopher H. Chou, a sophomore in physics from Athens, GA, won Barry Goldwater Scholarships. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to pay tribute to Sen. Goldwater and to foster and encourage excellence in science, mathematics and engineering.
Chee We Ng, a senior in EECS from Singapore, received the Henry Ford II Award, presented to a senior engineering student who has maintained a cumulative grade point average of 5.0 at the end of their seventh term and who has exceptional potential for leadership in engineering and in society.
Reinhold Rudenberg Memorial Fund Awards went to seniors Fritz Pierre Jr. of Nyack, NY (mechanical engineering); Jason Lawrence of Manhasset, NY (mechanical engineering); David Earl Robison of Sierra Madre, CA (Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems [LEES]); and Warit Wichakool of Thailand (LEES). The award was established in 1983 by Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Howard to memorialize Professor Rudenberg (Mrs. Howard's father) and is given to students with outstanding undergraduate theses relating to energy conversion.
Four faculty members in engineering also received awards. The Junior Bose Award was presented to Professor Paula Hammond of chemical engineering. The award, established in 1995-96, is presented to the outstanding contributor to education from among the School of Engineering faculty members who are being proposed for promotion to associate professor without tenure.
Professors Gareth H. McKinley of mechanical engineering, Leonard McMillan of EECS and Jacquelyn Yanch of nuclear engineering received Ruth and Joel Spira Teaching Awards for Distinguished Teaching. The awards have been given since 1991-92 to one faculty member in EECS, mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering. The award is funded by a gift from the Spiras to acknowledge the tradition of high-quality engineering education at MIT.
Professor Gareth H. McKinley also received the Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Institute's awards convocation.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 31, 2000.