James R. Killian Award & Lecture Series


Award recipients: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Sallie (Penny) Chisholm
Lecture title TBA
Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015
MIT Room 10-250 (Huntington Hall), 4 pm

Sallie (Penny) Chisholm, the Lee and Geraldine Martin professor of environmental studies in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is MIT’s James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award winner for 2014–2015. Professor Chisholm holds a joint appointment in the Department of Biology and was recognized by the Killian Award committee for her discovery of Prochlorococcus, a microorganism with global impact. One faculty colleague observed, "Her work is a defining example of the value of thinking both big and small to make sense of the complex interplay of life and the environment. ” The announcement of Professor Chisholm's award is available at MIT News.

Photo: Richard Howard


Rafael Bras '72 SM '74 ScD '75
Lecture title: "Planet Water: Complexity and Organization in Earth Systems"
March 30, 2009

Rafael Bras, now dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California at Irvine, returned during his leave from MIT to deliver the 2008–2009 James R. Killian, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award Lecture. Professor Bras's expertise is in surface hydrology and hydrometeorology, and his work encompasses many aspects of Earth's water cycle. He has contributed to significant international projects that include the development and construction of tidal gates to protect the city of Venice against flooding, and he is known for his pioneering ideas about the deforestation in the Amazon region. Read more at MIT News.


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Peter S. Eagleson ScD '56
Lecture theme: Hydrology and its practical application and uses
Spring 1993

The 1992–1993 Killian Award lecturer was Peter S. Eagleson, Edmund K. Turner professor of civil engineering, who is recognized internationally for his work in hydrology and hydro-climatology. The selection committee cited Professor Eagleson's vision as head of his department from 1970 to 1975 and commended him for his work as chair of the National Research Council Committee, which, under his leadership, produced an authoritative and imaginative strategy for the hydrologic sciences going into the next century. As president of the 25,000-member American Geophysical Union, Professor Eagleson "admirably represented and nurtured an emerging interdisciplinary view of the earth sciences which will help the AGU address the scientific and societal problems of the future." Read more at MIT News.

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