MIT Physics News Spotlight
Two earn School of Science teaching awards
Kelner, Mavalvala honored for undergraduate education
School of Science
March 7, 2013
Quantum Physicist and Professor of Physics, Nergis Mavalvala.
Photo courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Jonathan Kelner, the Kokusai Denshin Denwa Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics, and Nergis Mavalvala, the Curtis (1963) and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics, were honored in late February with School of Science teaching awards.
The annual awards are given for faculty members’ work as undergraduate instructors: Kelner teaches 18.440, Probability and Random Variables; Mavalvala teaches 8.13, Experimental Physics.
Kelner’s research focuses on the application of techniques from pure mathematics to the solution of fundamental problems in algorithms and complexity theory. He received a BA from Harvard and a PhD from MIT in 2006. In 2011, Kelner also received the Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award.
Mavalvala's research focuses on interferometric gravitational waves and quantum measurement, through the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory. She received a BA from Wellesley College, and a PhD from MIT in 1997. Mavalvala was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010.