James R. Killian Award & Lecture Series


Award recipients: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Ronald L. Rivest
Lecture title: "The Growth of Cryptography"
February 8, 2011

Ronald L. Rivest, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science who helped develop one of the world's most widely used Internet security systems, was MIT’s James R. Killian, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award winner for 2010–2011. Rivest, the Andrew and Erna Viterbi professor in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is known for his pioneering work in the field of cryptography, computer, and network security. Read more at MIT News.

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Erich P. Ippen '62
Lecture theme: Femtosecond flashes and their effect on the microscopic world
March 13, 2002

Erich P. Ippen, the Elihu Thomson professor of electrical engineering and a professor of physics, was awarded the James R. Killian, Jr. Faculty Achievement Award for 2001–2002. Professor Ippen has received numerous awards and honors, including the Arthur Schawlow Prize from the American Physical Society, the Quantum Electronics Award from the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Harold E. Edgerton Award from the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, and the R.W. Wood Prize from the Optical Society of America. One of the creators of the field of femtosecond optics, he described in his Killian lecture how ultrafast laser pulses allow researchers to freeze motion on a microscopic level. Read more at MIT News.

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Marvin L. Minsky

Marvin Minsky is the Toshiba professor of media arts and sciences and a professor of electrical engineering and computer science. A pioneer of robotics and telepresence, his research has led to both theoretical and practical advances in artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, neural networks, and the theory of Turing Machines and recursive functions. (In 1961 he solved Emil Post's problem of "Tag", and showed that any computer can be simulated by a machine with only two registers and two simple instructions.) Read more about Professor Minsky's work at his home page.

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Mildred S. Dresselhaus
Lecture title: "Adventures in Carbon Research"
April 1, 1987

Mildred Dresselhaus is Institute Professor emerita of electrical engineering and physics at MIT. She was educated in the New York City public school system before matriculating to Hunter College. She later received a Fulbright Fellowship to attend the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University (1951–1952), followed by a Master’s degree at Radcliffe College and a PhD at the University of Chicago. Professor Dresselhaus began her MIT career at Lincoln Laboratory, where her work has led to a fundamental understanding of the electronic structure of semi-metals, especially graphite. She came to MIT in 1967 as a visiting professor, and recognized for her enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring, was named full professor just one year later. Awarded the National Medal of Science in 1990, Professor Dresselhaus’s area of study is carbon science, including electronic materials and nanotechnology. A 2012 interview is available via the New York Times; read more at MIT News.

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Hermann A. Haus
Lecture titles: "On Learning and Teaching and Electrodynamics" and "Noise, the Uncertainty Principle, and Picosecond Optics"
April 1983

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