Pawan Deshpande has received a Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation award for the high quality of his M. Eng. Thesis, "Decoding Algorithms for Complex Natural Language Tasks." The prize carries a cash award of $ 4,000 and is given to recipients who demonstrate extraordinary achievement in computers and communications technology, knowledge engineering, and allied fields. Pawan was advised by Prof. Regina Barzilay. The Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation foundation awards 20 prizes each year to students from select schools in the U.S. and Europe. MIT was invited to participate in the awards program in 1996. Awards are presented for extraordinary scientific achievement in computers and communications technology, knowledge engineering and allied fields.