2020 EECS Celebrates: Honoring the department's outstanding contributors
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 EECS Celebrates event and reception could not take place on campus this year. Instead, this slide show virtually celebrates the department’s annual awards to faculty, students, and staff.
SPECIAL EECS AWARD
Seth J. Teller Award for Excellence, Inclusion, and Diversity
Named for the late EECS professor, this award honors members of the MIT community who embody those three values through work, research, or educational innovation. The 2020 winners were Professor Leslie Kolodziejski and EECS PhD students Candace Ross and José Cambronero Sanchez. All were honored for their activities to improve diversity and inclusion in the department.
Kolodziejski is the lead of the EECS Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (CDEI) and also focuses on graduate student diversity as the EECS Graduate Officer.
Ross and Cambronero Sanchez were recognized for their many volunteer activities for the EECS Graduate Office, especially their leadership in the EECS Graduate Student Visit Days Events. For the past three years they have planned, organized, publicized, and led the discussion for the "Student Diversity Panel" portion of the visit days. Due to their efforts, attendance in this event has grown each year. Visiting admitted students describe how informative and helpful the authentic discussion was during the panel, and report choosing MIT because of our openness about diversity.
Burgess (1952) & Elizabeth Jamieson Prizes for Excellence in Teaching (EECS Award)
Patrick Jaillet, Co-Director, MIT Operations Research Center; Dugald C. Jackson Professor of EECS, recognized for his teaching in 6.036 Introduction to Machine Learning.
Pablo Parrilo, Joseph F. & Nancy P. Keithley Professor, recognized for his teaching in 6.215 (6.255J) Optimization Methods and 6.036 Introduction to Machine Learning.
EECS Outstanding Educator Award (EECS Award)
Kimberle Koile, Lecturer, was recognized for her teaching in 6.UAT Oral Communication and 6.034 (6.844) Artificial Intelligence.
Jerome H. Saltzer Award for Excellence in Teaching (EECS Award)
Peter Hagelstein,Associate Professor of EE, was recognized for his teaching in 6.011 Introduction to Communications, Control, and Signal Processing and 6.728 Applied Quantum and Statistical Physics.
Kolokotrones Education Award (EECS Award)
Arvind Satyanarayan, NBX Career Development Assistant Professor of EECS, was recognized for creating the department's first course on data visualization, 6.984 Interactive Data Visualization, and also for curricular contributions to 6.170 Software Studio
Louis D. Smullin (’39) Award for Excellence in Teaching (EECS Award)
Daniel Sanchez Martin, Associate Professor of EECS was recognized for his effort in redesigning 6.004 Computation Structures, EECS introductory subject in Logic Design and Computer Architecture. He used Bluespec, a modern hardware description language and integrated it with an open source logic synthesis tool to provide feedback regarding circuit area and timing.
Ruth and Joel Spira Awards for Excellence in Teaching (SoE Award)
Tamara Broderick, Associate Professor of EECS, recognized for her outstanding teaching of 6.882 Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence, 6.036 Introduction to Machine Learning, and 6.435 Bayesian Modeling and Inference. She also made important contributions to 6.041 Introduction to Probability, incorporating new problem sets about real situations.
Julian Shun, Douglas Ross (1954) Career Development Assistant Professor of Software Technology, was recognized for the breadth of his teaching ability in 6.006 Introduction to Algorithms, for his teaching in 6.172 Performance Engineering of Software Systems, and for creating the new graduate course 6.886 Algorithms Engineering.
AWARDS FROM STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising (Institute Award: Recognizes faculty who demonstrates unbounded compassion and dedication towards students)
Michael Carbin, Assistant Professor of EECS
Leslie Kolodziejski, EECS Graduate Officer; EECS CDEI Co-Chair; Professor of EE
HKN Best Instructor Award (EECS Award)
Jason S. Ku, Lecturer, received the 2020 award for his teaching in 6.006 Intro to Algorithms.
IEEE/ACM Best Advisor Award (EECS Award)
Silvina Hanono Wachman, Principal Lecturer, received the 2020 award for her guidance and support of students -- for being someone they could come to with any problems in their lives (not just academics), especially during the pandemic.
Department Head Special Recognition Award (EECS Award)
Irene Huang, EECS Administrative Officer, was recognized for her excellent and important work for the department.
Chris Terman, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, was recognized for his work in the EECS undergraduate office, especially for new tools he created that enable staff to work more effectively (and from home after the pandemic struck). His solutions changed the way students reach out to staff and improved understanding of the students’ degree progress for both students and advisors.
Junior Bose Award (SoE Award: Recognizes an outstanding contributor to education from among the faculty members who are being proposed for promotion to associate professor without tenure.)
Justin Solomon, Associate Professor of EECS, for his teaching in 6.006 Intro to Algorithms and 6.837 Computer Graphics.
Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow (MIT Program: Honors MIT’s best teachers, recognizing faculty who have made exemplary and sustained contributions to the teaching and education of undergraduates at MIT.)
Jacob White, Cecil H. Green Professor of EE and chair of the MIT Committee on Curricula was named a 2020 MacVicar Faculty Fellow.
Richard J. Caloggero Award (EECS Award: Recognizes members of the EECS department who have shown loyalty, dedication, and effectiveness beyond normal expectations.)
Luca Daniel, Professor of EECS, was recognized for his dedicated work in numerous EECS committees, especially faculty search.
STUDENT TEACHING AWARDS (EECS Awards)
Carlton E. Tucker Teaching Award
Frederick C. Hennie III Teaching Awards
Harold Hazen Teaching Award
Dylan Mathis McKay
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) Awards
STUDENT UROP AWARDS (EECS Awards)
Anna Pogosyants UROP Award
Project: Hexahedral Mesh Repair via Sum-of-Squares Relaxation
Supervisor: Justin Solomon
Jeremy Gerstle Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) in AI Award
Project: Diverse Image Generation via Self-Conditioned GANs
Supervisor: Antonio Torralba
Licklider UROP Award
Carlos Castillo Lozada
Project: Sprayable User Interfaces: Prototyping Large-Scale Interactive Surfaces with Sensors and Displays
Supervisor: Stefanie Mueller
Morais (1986) and Rosenblum (1986) UROP Award
Project: Automated Optical Measurements to Predict Performance of Optoelectronic Devices
Supervisor: Vladimir Bulovic
Robert M. Fano UROP Award
Dhruv Rohatgi (2 Projects)
Project1: Truncated Linear Regression in High Dimensions
Project 2: Near-Optimal Bounds for Online Caching with Machine Learned Advice
Supervisors: Costis Daskalakis, Piotr Indyk
SuperUROP Awards (2019-2020)
Project: Using Single-Cell Transcriptomics to Understand Cognitive Resilience in Alzheimer’s Disease
Supervisor: Li-Huei Tsai
Project: Uncertainty Quantification Using Neural Networks for Molecular Property Prediction
Supervisor: Regina Barzilay
Project: Learned Bloom Filters
Supervisor: Tim Kraska
STUDENT CLASS AWARDS (EECS Awards)
David A. Chanen Writing Award (for Group Writing in 6.033)
Eric Hong, Magdalena Price, and Alok Puranik
Title: ZoomNet: Updating NASA’s ExtraNet
George C. Newton Undergraduate Laboratory Award (6.111 Group Project)
Ishaan Govindarajan and Eric Pence
Project: The DiGuitar
Northern Telecom/BNR Undergraduate Laboratory Award (6.111 Group Project)
Jeremy McCulloch, Adam Potter, and Sreya Vangara
Project: Futuristic Pepper’s Ghost Approximation
Kendall Garner and Claire Traweek
J. Francis Reintjes Excellence in 6-A Industrial Practice Award
Title: Applying High Performance Computing to Early Fusion Video Action Recognition
Supervisor: Charles Leiserson
Company: MIT Lincoln Lab
Title: Digital Control for Adaptive Efficiency in Switching Regulators
Supervisor: David Perreault
Company: Analog Devices
STUDENT THESIS AWARDS (EECS Awards)
Charles & Jennifer Johnson Artificial Intelligence and Decision-Making MEng Thesis Awards
Title: Understanding Object Recognition Performance at Scale in Machines and Humans
Supervisor: Boris Katz
Title: On Anomaly Detection in Particle Accelerators
Supervisor: Justin Solomon
Charles & Jennifer Johnson Computer Science MEng Thesis Awards
Title: A Unified Iteration Space Transformation Framework for Sparse and Dense Tensor Algebra
Supervisor: Saman Amarasinghe
Title: Chasing Zero Variability in Software Performance
Supervisors: Charles Leiserson, Tao B. Schardl
David Adler Electrical Engineering MEng Thesis Awards
Title: A Continuous Approach to Information-Theoretic Exploration with Range Sensors
Supervisors: Vivienne Sze, Sertac Karaman
Title: Causal Structure Discovery from Incomplete Data
Supervisor: Caroline Uhler
Ernst A. Guillemin SM Thesis Award in Artificial Intelligence and Decision Making
Title: Dynamical Systems View of Acceleration in First-Order Optimization
Supervisor: Suvrit Sra
Ernst A. Guillemin SM Thesis Award in Electrical Engineering
Title: Robust Accelerated Gradient Methods for Machine Learning
Supervisor: Asu Ozdaglar
George M. Sprowls PhD Thesis Award in Artificial Intelligence and Decision Making
Title: Computational Perception of Physical Object Properties
Supervisors: William Freeman, Joshua Tenenbaum
George M. Sprowls PhD Thesis Award in Computer Science
Title: Linear Algebraic Techniques in Algorithms and Complexity
Supervisors: Ryan Williams, Virginia Williams
Young Hyun (Albert) Kwon
Title: Riffle - An Efficient Communication System with Strong Anonymity
Supervisor: Srini Devadas
Amy Xian Zhang
Title: Systems for Collections Human Curation of Online Discussion
Supervisor: David Karger
Jin Au Kong PhD Thesis Award in Electrical Engineering
Title: Information Contraction and Decomposition
Supervisors: Yury Polyanskiy and Lizhong Zheng
Title: Microwave Engineering in Superconducting Nanowires for Single-Photon Detection
Supervisor: Karl Berggren
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!
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