• Professor Joseph Sussman (left) presented the Martore Award to Professor Nancy Leveson. Joseph Martore is at right.

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  • Joseph Martore (left) with Martore Award recipients Vivek Sakhrani and Rebecca Saari, who accepted the award on behalf of ESS from Associate Professor Olivier de Weck (right).

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Leveson and ESD Student Society honored with Martore Awards

Award recognizes outstanding contributions to an ESD academic program in the areas of education and program development.


Nancy Leveson, professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems, received the 2011 Joseph A. Martore (1975) Excellence in Teaching Award at the recent Brunel Lecture for Complex Systems. The ESD Student Society received the Martore Award for 2012. This honor is given to a member of the ESD community in recognition of outstanding contributions to an ESD academic program in the areas of education and program development.

Leveson's research focuses on topics related to the design of complex systems containing software, hardware and human components, with a particular emphasis on system safety. Her book "Engineering a Safer World: Systems Thinking Applied to Safety," (part of the MIT Press Engineering Systems Book Series), proposes a new approach to safety — suited to today's complex sociotechnical, software-intensive world — based on modern systems thinking and systems theory. In presenting the award to Leveson, JR East Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems Joseph Sussman noted that her work is "changing the field of safety in fundamental ways."

The ESD Student Society promotes academic and social community among the students of ESD by planning events, assisting with orientation and mentoring for new students, and helping to link students with department faculty and the policy council. ESS organized the successful ESD PhD Program Alumni Symposium in fall 2011, which celebrated the first 100 ESD PhDs and invited ESD alumni to offer their insights on their careers in academia, government and industry..

ESD PhD students Rebecca Saari and Vivek Sakhrani, ESS co-presidents for 2012/2013, accepted the award on behalf of ESS.


Topics: Awards, honors and fellowships, Clubs and activities, Engineering Systems, Student life, Students, Graduate, postdoctoral

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