EECS presents awards for outstanding PhD and SM theses

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 4:45pm

L to R: C. Tzamos, E. Tooney, I. Razenshteyn, F. Adib, M. Virza, B. Sherman. Not pictured: S. Huang, M. Ghaffari, F. Long, X. Yu. Photo: Gretchen Ertl

Anne Stuart | EECS

The faculty and leadership of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science faculty members and leaders recently presented 10 awards for outstanding student work on master’s and PhD theses. Awards and recipients included:

Jin-Au Kong Award for Best PhD Thesis in Electrical Engineering

  • Shengxi Huang, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, Penn State, for “Light-Matter Interactions of Two-Dimensional Materials and the Coupled Nanostructures." Professor Mildred Dresselhaus and Professor Jing Kong, supervisors.


George M. Sprowls Awards for Best PhD Thesis in Computer Science

  • Fadel Adib Assistant Professor, MIT Media Lab, for “Wireless Systems that Extend Our Senses.” Professor Dina Katabi, supervisor.
  • Mohsen Ghaffari, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, ETH Zurich, for “Improved Distributed Algorithms for Fundamental Graph Problems." Professor Nancy Lynch, supervisor.
  • Fan Long, CTO, Alt-chain; Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Toronto (effective summer 2018), for “Automatic Patch Generation via Learning from Successful Human Patches.” Professor Martin Rinard, supervisor.
  • Ilya Razenshteyn, Simons Foundation Junior Fellow, Columbia University. for "High-Dimensional Similarity Search and Sketching: Algorithms and Hardness." Professor Piotr Indyk, supervisor.
  • Christos Tzamos, Postdoctoral Associate, Microsoft Research New England; Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Wisconsin Madison (effective August 2018). for "Mechanism Design: From Optimal Transport Theory to Revenue Maximization." Professor Constantinos Daskalakis, supervisor.
  • Madars Virza, Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab. for “On Deploying Succinct Zero-Knowledge Proofs." Professor Ron Rivest, supervisor.
  • Xiangyao Yu, Postdoctoral Associate, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), for "Logical Leases: Scalable Hardware & Software Systems Through Time Traveling. Professor Srinivas Devadas, supervisor.

Ernst A. Guillemin Award for Best SM Thesis in Electrical Engineering

  • Emily Toomey, PhD Candidate, Quantum Nanostructures and Nanofabrication Group, MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), for “Microwave Response of Nonlinear Oscillations in Resistively Shunted Superconducting Nanowires." Professor Karl K. Berggren, supervisor.

William A. Martin Award for Best SM Thesis in Computer Science

  • Benjamin M. Sherman. PhD Candidate, EECS, for “Making Discrete Decisions Based on Continuous Values." Professor Adam Chlipala and Professor Michael Carbin, supervisors.


Asu Ozdaglar, EECS Interim Department Head, and EECS Professor Martin Rinard, the awards coordinator, presented the awards during a luncheon ceremony. The PhD award winners were selected by Professor Dirk Englund (for electrical engineering) and Professor Armando Solar-Lezema (for computer science). The SM awards were selected by Professor Elfar Adelsteinsson (for electrical engineering) and Professor Constantinos Daskalakis (for computer science).