MIT News Reports on SoE 2013 Infinite Mile Awards

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 3:15pm

Francis Doughty and Lourenco Pires are selected for MIT School of Engineering Infinite Mile Awards
The annual School of Engineering Infinite Mile Awards ceremony was held May 22, 2013. School of Engineering Associate Dean Cynthia Barnhart welcomed the large gathering of the eight  award winners' colleagues, family and friends. Dean Ian Waitz spoke following the awards presentation, acknowledging the quality of the work demonstrated by the award winners. The Infinite Mile Awards, launched in 2001, are given to the administrative, support, service and sponsored research staff from the School of Engineering Departments and Lab Centers in three categories: for Excellence, Diversity and Community and for Institutional Cooperation. In addition, the Ellen J. Mandigo Award, established in 2009, is given to those staff who have demonstrated intelligence, skill, hard work and dedication to the Institute over an extended period of time.

Francis Doughty was selected for the Infinite Mile for Sustained Excellence Award. He has worked for the past five and a half years with Associate Department Heads Srini Devadas and, since July of 2011, and William Freeman in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Headquarters. Doughty has worked at an extensive group of MIT lab centers and departments including the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE), the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), the W3C, the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, and Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Outside MIT, Francis Doughty is a professional instrumental guitar player (with two CDs and a third in the works). He and his wife Laura Doughty, who currently works in the Department of Chemistry at MIT, have lived in the house they built themselves in Wendell, MA in 1990, where they live off the land -- all 18 acres (and heat with wood).

From left to right, back row: Associate Dean Cindy Barnhart, Lourenco Pires, Hannah Merrick, Chevalley Duhart, Angelita Mireles, Francis Doughty, Dean Ian Waitz. Front row: Gwen Wilcox, Carolyn Jundzilo-Comer, JoAnn Sorrento.  PHOTO: GRETCHEN ERTLSelected for the Ellen Mandigo Award, Lourenço Pires was honored for his years of dedicated and gifted service to the Institute.  Pires has been at MIT since 1982, when he joined the MIT Plasma Fusion Center. He joined the EECS Department in 1989 as Project Technician, becoming Technical Instructor in 1995. His knowledge of the Unix system enabled him to jump right into the lab work – often fixing computers. As the department grew, Lourenço worked on equipment needed for the classes and eventually on demos for multiple classes. Over the years, Lourenco has worked with numerous EECS faculty members to prepare demos and equipment for their classes including Hal Abelson and Gerry Sussman for 6.003, Alan Grodzinsky and, later Herman Haus and Mark Zahn, for 6.013, and with Paul Gray and Campbell Searle, and later Anant Agarwal, for 6.002. Lourenço Pires’ favorite aspect of his work in EECS has been ‘performing’ live demos, which he particularly enjoys because of the responses he gets from students. This was particularly true for the MIT 150th Open House at which Lourenco wowed the crowds young and old with his demos. Read more in the 2012 EECS Connector.

[Photo from left to right, back row: Associate Dean Cindy Barnhart, Lourenco Pires, Hannah Merrick, Chevalley Duhart, Angelita Mireles, Francis Doughty, Dean Ian Waitz. Front row: Gwen Wilcox, Carolyn Jundzilo-Comer, JoAnn Sorrento. Photo credit: Gretchen Ertl]