Jeffrey H. Shapiro, the Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Director of the Research Lab of Electronics, RLE, will receive the International Quantum Communication Award for outstanding achievements in quantum communication research at the bi-annual Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computer, QCMC, conference to be held at University of Calgary, Canada, on 19-24 August, 2008.
The Association of Computing Machinery's (ACM) SIGPLAN has awarded Barbara Liskov the 2008 Programming Languages Achievement Award. The annual award is given to recognize an individual (or individuals) who has (have) made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of programming languages. The contribution can be a single event or a life-time of achievement and includes a prize of $5,000.
Emanuel E. Landsman '58, SM '59, ScD'66 (EE) and his wife, Sheila E. Landsman have made a generous $4 million dollar gift to the MIT Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems (LEES) and to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) that will provide a career development professorship, fellowship support and UROP funds in the fields of power electronics and electric energy-related engineering.
In a process of pure wits--solving a semester's worth of real-world computer problems in five hours, this year's MIT team for the IBM sponsored Association for Computing Machinery, ACM, International Computer Programming Contest, ICPC, held in Alberta Canada, placed second overall, winning gold medal standing and first place in North America.
EECS assistant professor and member of the Research Lab of Electronics, Mehmet Fatih Yanik and his team have announced a significant advance in the lab on a chip technique which they first reported in 2007 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (See MIT News Office August 20 article).
Erik Demaine, the Esther and Harold Edgerton Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, and his father, CSAIL visiting scientist Martin Demaine, are among four groups of MIT 'artists' featured at the Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, in New York City running until early May. The Demaines' sculptures part of the show titled "Design and the Elastic Mind," feature mathematically and algorithmically based origami.