2. Honors, awards
Harvard University has accepted Professor Julie Shah as a Radcliffe Fellow for the coming year. She says she will spend the year "explor(ing) novel methods for blending the unique decision-making strengths of humans and machines."
Collaborative Design in the Sustainable Infrastructure Planning Game, a paper co-authored by Professor Oli de Weck, was selected as best paper at this spring's Annual Simulation Symposium.
The University of Auckland has presented Professor Karen Willcox with its 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. She received her BE degree at UA in 1994.
AeroAstro space manager Anthony Zolnik will receive a 2016 Infinite Mile Award for Excellence. "We are fortunate to have Anthony in the department. I am delighted that his contributions are being recognized," said department head Jaime Peraire.
A paper recounting the Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment's study linking Volkswagen emissions to premature U.S. deaths was awarded "Best Article of 2015" by Environmental Research Letters. Professor Steven Barrett was the lead author.
At a special May 11 lunch, annual AeroAstro department awards were presented to the following individuals: (from left) Elizabeth Zotos (Wings Award), Anne Maynard (Vickie Kerrebrock Award), Jacques Matthieu (Spirit of XVI Award), David Robertson (Simon Award), James Letendre (Simon Award), Jei Lee
Freeman (Spirit of XVI Award), Todd Billings (Simon Award). The Simon Award is new for 2016 and is awarded by the department head for "exceptional contribution to the department."
At a May 9 AeroAstro dinner, the following students were presented with the departments' annual student awards: Yngve K. Raustein Memorial Award — Maya Nasr; Apollo Program Prize — Johannes Norheim, Aaron Ashley, Guillermo Bautista; Andrew J. Morsa Prize — Joseph Kusters, Derek Barnes; Thomas B. Sheridan Prize — Evie Kyritsis, Margaret Reagan; Leaders for Manufacturing Undergraduate Prize — Julia CrowleyFarenga, Raichelle Aniceto, Rachel Weinberg; Rene H. Miller Prize for Excellence in Systems Engineering — Annie Marinan; Admiral Luis De Florez Prize — Andrew Liotta, Kelly O’Brien; James Means Award for Excellence in Flight Vehicle Engineering — Patrick Lowe; James Means Award for Excellence in Space Systems Engineering — Eduardo Maristany, Timothy “Curtis” Shoyer; SuperUROP Research Project Award — Michael Burton; AeroAstro Graduate Teaching Assistantship Award — Mohammad Islam, Roedolph Opperman; Henry Webb Salisbury Award — Michael Burton, Andrew Liotta, Martin York.
On April 27, the MIT AIAA Student Chapeter presented its annual awards to (from left) Professor Wes Harris (Advising Award), Professor Raul Radovitzky (Teaching Award), and grad student Ben Couchman (Undergraduate Teaching Award).
Senior research engineer Chuck Oman reports that Aaron Johnson (AeroAstro SM '10, PhD '15) won the Aerospace Human Factors Association's Stanley N. Roscoe Award for the best doctoral dissertation during the past year. Aaron's thesis was titled "Analyzing the Effects of Dynamic Task Allocation on Human-Automation System Performance."