Miller and White are winners of 2011 Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching

March 27, 2011

Interim EECS Department Head Srini Devadas notified department colleagues about the winners of the Jamieson Prizes for excellence in teaching, to be publicly presented later this Spring at the annual EECS awards event.

Department Head Devadas said:

"We are pleased to announce that Professors Robert Miller and Jacob White are this year's winners of Jamieson Prizes for Excellence in Teaching.

These prizes are supported through the very generous contribution of J. Burgess Jamieson (1952) and Elizabeth Jamieson. One of their goals in establishing this prize is to provide visible and tangible rewards for great teachers that complement existing ways of acknowledging great researchers.

Rob single-handedly developed 6.813/6.831: User Interface Design andImplementation. Even in its initial offering, this subject attractednearly 50 students, and interest has steadily increased to enrollments of approximately 120 students in each of its annual offerings during the past three years. This subject is one of the most successful Advanced Undergraduate Subjects that EECS offers, thanks in large part to Rob's efforts to make an engaging and rewarding design experience that is accessible to both undergraduate seniors and M. Eng. students. Rob has also played an important role in co-developing 6.005 with Daniel Jackson, and he has recently proposed an innovative "Crowdsourcing Code Review" system as a means to draw on a much larger group of people -- including students and alumni in addition to the normal teaching staff -- to give students faster and richer feedback about their code.

Jacob's contributions to the EECS education mission are exceptionallybroad. He has made major contributions to both undergraduate andgraduate subjects, including a number of interdisciplinary efforts: the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA), the MIT Computation for Design andOptimization Program (CDO), and Computational and Systems Biology at MIT (CSBi). At his own initiative, Jacob teaches multiple subjects per term, most frequently as a developer of new topics and materials. He was a member of the EECS Curriculum Initiative Committee, which developed the New Curriculum. Jacob was one of the early developers of 6.01 where he led the development of the Circuits as well as the Signals and Systems modules. More recently, Jacob has taken a lead role with Hari Balakrishnan and Chris Terman in developing and teaching 6.02.

EECS is deeply indebted to both Rob and Jacob for their extraordinarycontributions to the department. Please join us in thanking them fortheir efforts and in celebrating their reception of the 2011 JamiesonPrizes."

Congratulations, Rob and Jacob!