Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
The following prizes and awards will be announced at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering's senior recognition dinner tonight.
The Steinberg Prize for academic achievement and demonstrable interest in construction management by an undergraduate will be presented to Sandi S. Lin , a civil engineering senior from Vienna, Va. Lin also will receive the Richard Lee Russel Award for outstanding undergraduates who plan to continue with graduate study at the Institute or elsewhere. Other winners of the Russel award are Matthew P. Van Horne , an environmental engineering science senior from Liverpool, N.Y., and Daniel R. Feldman , an environmental engineering science senior from Portland, Ore.
The Leo '24 and Mary Grossman Award for an undergraduate with a strong interest in transportation and a strong academic record will be presented to Isaac Moses , a civil engineering senior from Philadelphia.
The 2002 American Society of Civil Engineers Middlebrooks Prize for the best paper on geotechnical or geoenvironmental engineering was presented to professors Andrew Whittle and Charles Ladd .
The Technology and Policy Program (TPP) Faculty Appreciation Award winner is Professor Joseph Sussman , and the program's Best Teacher Award goes to Professor Richard de Neufville . Graduate students Natalia Ramirez and Ralph Hall will receive awards for best thesis.
The Center for Transportation Studies Teaching Award will go to Professor Ismail Chabini . The Robert L'Hermite Award will be given to Professor Franz-Josef Ulm . That award is given by the International Union of Testing and Research Laboratories for Materials and Structures.
Professor John Williams has won a $200,000 grant to be among the first to test the new Tablet PC, a computer that can be used like a pad of paper. This is part of an RobotWorld I-Campus Project, which also includes professors Alex Slocum and Martin Culpepper. The Tablet PC will be featured in an international design competition to be held in MIT in August.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on June 5, 2002.