As reported by Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department Head Eric Grimson:
"I am delighted to inform you that Leslie Kolodziejski has been awarded the 2009 Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising by the School of Engineering. This award is awarded to a faculty member who 'through tireless efforts to engage minds, elevate spirits, and stimulate high quality work, has advanced the professional and personal development of students and colleagues'.
Those of us who know Leslie's deep commitment to the Leaders in Life program that she created for women graduate students in our department, and her innovative efforts to create an advising seminar for women graduate students, know that this award is fully deserved."
Leslie Kolodziejski, professor of electrical engineering and principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics, RLE, began her career at Purdue University in 1986 when she joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department as Assistant Professor. In 1987, Professor Kolodziejski was awarded the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation and Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research. In 1988, Professor Kolodziejski joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. She was honored with the Karl van Tassel Career Development Chair from 1992-3 and with the Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Chair from 1993-6. Professor Kolodziejski was promoted to Associate Professor in 1992 and full Professor in 1999.
Professor Kolodziejski's research interests have included the gaseous source epitaxy of both II-VI and III-V compound semiconductors. Currently, the Integrated Photonic Devices and Materials Group, under Kolodziejski's direction (shared with Dr. Gale Petrich), is developing the design and fabrication of semiconductor optical amplifiers integrated within an ultrafast nonlinear interferometer for time-division multiplexing applications.
The Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising was established in 2007 by Capers (who earned a master's degree in engineering from MIT in 1976) and Marion McDonald.
Congratulations Leslie Kolodziejski!