Concepts familiar from grade-school algebra have broad ramifications in computer science.
The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has recognized 42 students and a faculty member for academic and teaching excellence.
The George M. Sprowls Scholarship Fund for the best PhD thesis in computer science went to Benjamin Van Roy, now an assistant professor at Stanford University, and John Kubiatowicz, now an assistant professor at the University of California at Berkeley. Jane Chang of Cambridge received honorable mention. All three received the PhD in 1998.
The Northern Telecom/BNR Project Award for the best 6.111 project was given to graduate students Max Rozenoer of Brighton and Alex Shterenberg of Brooklyn, NY (spring term 1998). Seniors David Chen of Silver Spring, MD; Stanley S. Hong of Sierra Madre, CA; and Belle E. Wang of Cranbury, NJ received the award for fall term 1998. Three seniors won George C. Newton Undergraduate Laboratory Prizes: Eladio C. Arvelo of Miami; Yuka Miyake of La Caï¿½ada, CA; and Arturo Rodriguez Ramirez of Caracas, Venezuela.
The Morris Joseph Levin Award for the best MasterWorks oral thesis presentation went to graduate students Afsana Akhter of Bethesda, MD; Dedric A. Carter of Clinton, SC; Andrew G. Chiu of Wappingers Falls, NY; Janet Marques of Acushnet, MA; Nicholas E. Matsakis of Glenview, IL; Abraham R. McAllister of Delmar, NY; Eve M. Phillips of Moraga, CA; and Andrew R. Twyman of Arlington, VA.
Derek L. Bruening, a graduate student from West Valley City, UT, received the Charles and Jennifer Johnson Thesis Prize for the best computer science master's thesis. Nicholas E. Matsakis won the William A. Martin Memorial Thesis Prize for the best computer science master's thesis. First place for the David Adler Memorial Thesis Prize for an electrical engineering master's thesis went to Dedric A. Carter; second place went to Keith G. Fife of Brigham, UT.
M. Josie Ammer was the top winner of the Ernst A. Guillemin Thesis Award for an electrical engineering master's thesis. Second-place winners were Hur Koser of Istanbul and Mingxi Fan of Seattle.
Five undergraduates won Robert A. Fano UROP Awards for outstanding undergraduate research projects: junior Lane G. Brooks of Alpine, UT; and sophomores Christopher D. Salthouse of Atlanta; Amy Strickert of Austin, TX; Gaurav Tewari of New Delhi, India (who also won the Eta Kappa Nu Association's Norman R. Carson Award Honorable Mention); and Allison L. Waingold of York, PA.
Adam B. Kropp, a senior from Ross, CA, won the Nylander Award for the best advanced undergraduate project. Bradley T. Block, a sophomore from Dublin, OH, won the David A. Chanen Writing Award.
The Department Head Special Recognition Award for outstanding service to the EECS department went to Abraham R. McAllister, a graduate student from Delmar, NY.
Graduate student Babak Ayazifar of Cambridge won the Goodwin Medal.
The Ruth and Joel Spira Teaching Award was presented to Professor Dennis M. Freeman. The Carlton E. Tucker Award for Teaching Excellence was given to Patrick M. Maurer, a graduate student from Reading, MA. Christoforos N. Hadjicostis, a graduate student from Cyrpus, received the Harold L. Hazen Award for Teaching Excellence.
Four graduate students received the Frederick C. Hennie III Award for Teaching Excellence: Andrew S. Huang of Kalamazoo, MI; Michael Wessler of Potomac, MD; Chalee Asavathiratham of Bangkok; and Janet L. Slifka (a graduate student in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology) of Somerville.
A version of this article appeared in the June 2, 1999 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 43, Number 32).