Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
The School of Engineering has presented prizes to three students and a 1996 graduate.
Gregory R. Richardson, a senior in aeronautics and astronautics from Natick, MA, received the Henry Ford II Scholar Award, given to the senior in the School of Engineering who has attained the highest academic record at the end of the third year and who has exceptional potential for leadership in the profession of engineering and in society.
The Reinhold Rudenberg Memorial Prize for an outstanding undergraduate thesis relating to energy conversion went to Luis H. Palacios, a senior in mechanical engineering from Cupertino, CA; Peter C.L. Jaffe, a senior in electrical engineering and computer science from Guilford, CT, and Dennis Son (SB '96, mechanical engineering) of Fountain Valley, CA.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 4, 1997.