CEE Awards

The CEE Awards are given to distinguished members of the CEE community – students, postdocs, faculty, and staff – who have contributed significantly to our mission and vision, as we build a department that fosters excellence, cutting edge research and education, and where diversity and new ideas are embraced. As we work together to build an environment committed to excellence, and cultivate our strengths while seeking new, innovative opportunities, the recognition of dedicated leaders in our community is a critical element to our success.

Undergraduate Student Awards

CEE Leadership and Community Award
This award recognizes an undergraduate student who has made exemplary contributions to improve the CEE community, fostered excellence, diversity, and contributed to our culture of inclusiveness. Please include the rationale in your nomination, including examples that demonstrate your nominee’s contributions. The award will consist of a plaque and a cash prize.

2017 recipient: Jillian Dressler
2016 recipient: Amanda Parry
2015 recipients: Michelle Dutt and Majdolene Khweis

CEE Best Undergraduate Research Award
This award honors excellence in research of a CEE undergraduate student, in any area of research. The research may have been carried out in the context of a UROP, internship, or coursework such as the Capstone or TREX. In your nomination package, provide a brief description of the nominee’s scholarly contributions, intellectual merit and impact, as well as potential for future contributions. Describe any other considerations you wish to include, and/or include additional letters of support. The award will consist of a plaque and a cash prize.

2017 recipients: Elaine Cunha and Tess Hegarty
2016 recipient: Stephanie Chin
2015 recipient: Dimitrios Pagonakis (also a winner of the 2015 Capstone Award)

Juan Hermosilla (1957) Prize
This prize will recognize a student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering who exemplifies exceptional talent and potential for future contributions at the intersection of mechanics, materials, structures, and design. Please include a rationale for the student you nominate, and other pertinent information such as a resume and letters of support (optional). The award will consist of a plaque and a cash prize. The preference for this award is to be given to an undergraduate student.

2017 recipient: George Varnavides
2016 recipient: Paul Twijukye
2015 recipient: Noor Khouri (also a winner of the 2015 Capstone Award)

The Leo (Class of 1924) and Mary Grossman Award
In honor of alumnus, Leo Grossman, who had a professional career in highway design and planning. The Grossman Award is given to an undergraduate student with a strong interest in transportation and a strong academic record. Please include the rationale in your nomination. The award will consist of a plaque and a cash prize.

2017 recipient: Mark Mockett
2016 recipient: Daniel Mascoop
2015 recipient: Xiao Yun (Jayne) Chang

The Paul L. Busch (1958) Prize
Awarded to an undergraduate student in Environmental Science and Engineering for academic achievement and contributions to the CEE community. The award will consist of a plaque and a cash prize.

2017 recipient: Rebecca Sugrue
2016 recipients: Josefin Betsholtz and Emily Shorin
2015 recipient: Samantha Hartzell

Undergraduate or Graduate Student Award

The Tucker-Voss Award
This award was established in memory of Professor Ross F. Tucker and Professor Walter C. Voss, who were the first two heads of the Department of Building Construction, Course 17. In the 1950’s, Course 17 merged with the Department of Civil Engineering, and the first Tucker-Voss Award was presented. This award is given annually to a student who shows particular promise in the field of building construction. The award will consist of a plaque and a cash prize.

2017 recipient: Bryan Lilley
2016 recipient: Dimitrios Pagonakis
2015 recipient: Anthony McHugh

Graduate Student Awards

CEE Best Doctoral Thesis
The Best Doctoral Thesis award honors scholarly and academic excellence and a high level of distinction of a CEE graduate student, in any area of research. The nominee should have graduated or is anticipated to graduate with a doctoral degree within the current academic year (2015-16).

In your nomination package, provide a brief description of the nominee’s scholarly contributions, intellectual merit and impact, as well as potential for future contributions. Include the title and abstract of the student’s thesis, the date of defense, and the name of the faculty advisor(s). Describe any other considerations you wish to include, and/or include additional letters of support. The awards will consist of a plaque and a cash prize.

2017 recipient: Anna Tarakanova
2016 recipient: Alex Konings
2015 recipient: James Hunter

The Trond Kaalstad (Class of 1957) Fellowship
This awards recognizes an outstanding graduate student who has displayed leadership and/or contributed significantly to the well-being of the CEE community. Include a brief rationale for the student you nominate, and other pertinent information such as a resume. The award will consist of a plaque and a cash prize.

2017 recipient: Qingjun (Judy) Yang
2016 recipient: Joanna Moody
2015 recipients: Julia Hopkins and Fatima Hussain

Maseeh Annual Award for Excellence as a Teaching Assistant
This award recognizes the most outstanding graduate teaching assistant in the past academic year. In your nomination package, include the subject taught, semester taught, and provide a brief description of the qualities of your nominee that led you to your choice. Include your name and year (if applicable). The award will include a plaque and a cash prize. The Maseeh teaching awards are made possible by Fariborz Maseeh.

2017 recipient: Xiaojing (Ruby) Fu
2016 recipient: Scott Middleton
2015 recipients: Mohammad Javad and Abdolhosseini Qomi

Postdoctoral Scholar Awards

CEE Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring, Teaching and Excellence Award
This award recognizes mentoring, teaching and other exceptional contributions by a Postdoctoral Associate or Postdoctoral Fellow, emphasizing high potential for future contributions. In your nomination package, include a cover letter that outlines the case, a curriculum vitae, and any supporting materials such as additional testimonials (optional). The nomination package should include a letter to explain the nature of the case for the nominee, highlight his/her contributions, and argue for his/her merit and significance. This award is intended primarily for exceptional contributions to mentoring and teaching, broadly defined, but there is flexibility to recognize other aspects. The award will consist of a plaque and a cash prize.

2017 recipient: Stefan Thiele
2016 recipients: Marie-Julie Dalbe and Konrad Krakowiak
2015 recipient: Bruce Jones

Faculty Awards

Maseeh Excellence in Teaching Award
This award recognizes the most outstanding faculty instructor in the past academic year. In your nomination package, include the subject taught, semester taught, and provide a brief description of the qualities of your nominee that led you to your choice. The award will consist of a plaque and a cash prize. The Maseeh teaching awards are made possible by Fariborz Maseeh.

2017 recipient: Professor Pedro Reis
2016 recipient: Professor Colette Heald
2015 recipient: Professor Jesse Kroll

Distinguished Service and Leadership Award
This award recognizes outstanding departmental service and leadership contributions of a member of the CEE faculty, to acknowledge colleagues who foster a culture of diversity, inclusiveness, and innovation, to further the department mission and vision and MIT as a whole. In your nomination package, include a brief description of the qualities of your nominee that led you to your choice. The award will consist of a plaque and a cash prize.

2017 recipient: Professor Joseph Sussman
2016 recipient: Professor Elfatih Eltahir
2015 recipient: Professor Daniele Veneziano

Samuel M. Seegal Prize (SoE)
This prize alternates between CEE and the Sloan School of Management for inspiring students to pursue and achieve excellence. The next prize will be awarded by CEE in 2019.

2017 recipient: Professor John Ochsendorf
2015 recipient: Professor Jerome Connor

Ole Madsen Mentoring Award (New for 2016-2017)
This award honors faculty members in recognition of conspicuous contributions to mentoring and educating CEE students outside the classroom, and to inspire them to pursue a career in the field of civil and environmental engineering.  The nomination package should include a letter to explain the nature of the case for the nominee, highlight his/her contributions, and argue for merit and significance.  The award will consist of a certificate and a cash prize. The award is made possible with gifts from alumni/ae and friends, in honor of Professor Ole Madsen.

2017 recipient: Professor Jesse Kroll

Staff Awards

CEE Excellence Award
This award recognizes a member of the CEE staff for excellent contributions to our community, commitment to professionalism, dedication and best practices, as well as fostering a culture of diversity, inclusiveness, and innovation. This award is anticipated to acknowledge the work of support, administrative and service staff (not intended to recognize research or teaching). The award will consist of a plaque and a cash prize.

2017 recipients: Allison Dougherty and Jackie Foster
2016 recipients: Nancy Cook and Mary Ellen Sinkus
2015 recipients: Kiley Clapper and James (Jim) Long