Daniel Jackson is 2010 recipient of Bose Award for excellence in teaching

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April 15, 2010

Daniel Jackson, professor of computer science and principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and MacVicar Faculty Fellow is the 2010 winner of the MIT School of Engineering Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Department Head Eric Grimson announced the award to EECS faculty members and colleagues today:

"It is with great pleasure that I inform you that the 2010 winner of the Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Engineering is Daniel Jackson. Those of you who have seen Daniel in action will not be at all surprised by this selection -- it is clearly a very well deserved honor! Daniel joins a group of previous EECS winners of this award (Al Drake, Gerry Sussman and Hal Abelson, Al Oppenheim, Eric Grimson, Jesus del Alamo, Denny Freeman, Vladimir Bulovic), and carries on the great tradition of excellence in teaching in our department.

Please join me in congratulating Daniel, and if possible, join me at the Institute's May 4 Awards Ceremony which will be held in 10-250 from 4-5:30, where Daniel will receive his award."

A year ago, Daniel Jackson was cited in the MIT News Office March 5 announcement on his selection as one of four to receive the MacVicar fellow award:

Jackson, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, graduated from Oxford University in 1984 and earned MS and PhD degrees from MIT in 1988 and 1992, respectively. He joined the MIT faculty in 1997 after spending six years as an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

His research interests include finding ways to make software more dependable and easy to use, and to reduce the cost of development.

Jackson's colleagues say that he is a gifted teacher who cares deeply about his teaching and about the learning experience of MIT undergraduates. His lecturing style is clear, articulate and precise, and -- through his artful use of the blackboard -- he bucks the lecture trend of PowerPoint information delivery at firehose speeds.

"I greatly admire the evident passion that Professor Jackson has for his students and his teaching," one of his students told the panel. "The excitement in his voice about the subject and the humor he injected into his lectures made every lesson, dare I say, enjoyable!"

Congratulations to Daniel!