School of Engineering Infinite Mile Awards
Congratulations to the 2008 recipients.
WELCOME BY DEAN SUBRA SURESH:
Hello. I am Subra Suresh, Dean of Engineering, and it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the School’s Eighth Annual Infinite Mile Awards Ceremony.
There are currently 114 past recipients of School of Engineering Infinite Mile Award winners. Today another 8 people, with a combined total of 146 years of MIT experience, will receive individual Infinite Mile Awards. We will also present team awards this year to 15 people in 3 teams. The names of all of our award winners will be added to the IMA plaque in the School of Engineering Conference Room.
I ask all of you who have received School of Engineering Infinite Mile Awards in previous years to stand up. (Let’s give them a round of applause.) Thank you. I am very pleased that you have been able to join us today.
This year’s selection committee was chaired by Eileen Ng-Ghavidel, the School’s assistant dean for finance and personnel. Eileen, who is a 2002 SoE Infinite Mile Award winner herself, joined the Dean’s Office last July, quite coincidentally the same day I became Dean. At this time, I would like to acknowledge and thank the other members of this year’s selection committee, all of whom are past Infinite Mile Award recipients. They are Aza Gevorkian from the ASO, Alina Haverty from Chemical Engineering, Victoria Palay from CSAIL and Leslie Regan from MechE.
I would also like to recognize and thank the members of the Dean’s Team who helped organized today’s event: they are Stephen DeSaulniers, Mary Anne Gowen, Lisa Magnano-Bleheen, Maria Marangiello, Brian Tavares and Sandy Tenorio (applause).
We are all especially grateful to those of you who took the time to nominate your coworkers and colleagues. Your thoughtful contributions make this celebration possible.
Finally, my thanks to all of you for taking the time to share in this joyful and inspirational event. I hope you will be able to stay for conversation and refreshments after the awards have been presented.
My predecessor, Tom Magnanti, liked to say that MIT’s School of Engineering is the best school of engineering in the galaxy, and I heartily agree. I also do not doubt for a moment that we have the best staff in the galaxy as well!
Infinite Mile Awards for Excellence:
Infinite Mile Awards for Team Excellence:
International Scholars Office Team:
Penny Rosser, Amanda Doran, Vivian Ruiz, Fumiko Futai, and Kali Drake
Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity Team:
David Rodriguera, Erica Nofi, Rachel Russell, Laura Zaganjori, Richard Brickman, and Karuna Mohindra
Mechanical Engineering Team:
Maureen DeCourcey, Joan Hutchins, Caroline Johnston and Marie Pommet
Infinite Mile Awards for Diversity and Community:
Infinite Mile Awards for Sustained Excellence: