A Wealth of Recent Honors for CSAILers

CSAIL researchers and staff have been racking up accolades lately, and these past few weeks have been no exception. Rodney Brooks, former CSAIL director and the founder of Heartland Robotics and iRobot Corp., has been named an Honorary Member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. It's the Society's highest recognition, awarded in honor of Brooks' unprecedented innovation in the field of robotics. Read more about it here. Institute Professor and Turing Award winner Barbara Liskov will receive an honorary doctorate from Brown University at the institution's commencement later this month. She's in the company of six other distinguished honorees, among them Nelson Mandela and Morgan Freeman. Liskov was the first woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in computer science. Further information is available here. At a ceremony held last week, the MIT School of Engineering awarded CSAIL principal investigator Daniel Jackson the 2010 Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching. Jackson was honored for his clear and passionate approach to teaching. Read the EECS announcement here. Finally, two CSAIL staffers—Assistant Director Karen Shirer and Research Specialist Ron Wiken—were recipients of the MIT School of Engineering's 2010 Infinite Mile Awards. This honor is awarded annually to MIT staffers who display outstanding dedication to their work. Nine awards were given this year, including a Sustained Excellence Award to Wiken for his contributions at MIT spanning more than two decades. Read the News Office's coverage here.