M I T Honorees

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Cambridge, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has had a significant influence on the world through technological leadership and research innovations since its founding in 1861. MIT is one of the world’s great research universities: renowned for rigorous academic programs; cutting-edge research; a diverse campus community; and a longstanding commitment to working with the public and private sectors to bring new knowledge to bear on the world’s complex challenges.

MIT’s School of Engineering strives to develop innovative technologies, thinking, and practice, as well as creative leaders equipped to address the world’s complex problems.

The seven departments and two divisions of MIT’s School of Engineering encompass a community of approximately 60% of MIT’s undergraduates with declared majors, about 45% of graduate students, and about 35% of the Institute’s entire faculty.

mit2009kolodziejski2008allenThe School of Engineering’s stated purpose is to meet societal needs through its education, research, and public service. The School’s overarching theme is “Leadership through Technical Excellence and Innovation.” The primary objectives of the School are therefore twofold: first, to educate men and women for leadership in industry, government, and educational institutions; and, second, to positively influence the future directions of engineering education and practice.

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CONTACT: MIT School of Engineering, Room 1-206, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307; Email: engineering@mit.edu, Voice: 617-253-3291, FAX: 617-253-8549

There are many reasons to learn more about our honorees. You may benefit from knowing more about these outstanding individuals and perhaps become a better mentor or advisor yourself. You may wish to add your own congratulations! You may want to renew a former acquaintance.

A sincere effort is maintained to keep this information up to date. However, the individual’s or institutions’ own web sites and directory listings should also prove helpful.
Titles and affiliations are listed as at the time of each award.


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2006
Robert E. Cohen, Ph.D. – First MIT Honoree

Professor,
Department of Chemical Engineering,
School of Engineering, MIT


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2007
Amedeo R. Odoni, Ph.D.

Professor,
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics,
and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
School of Engineering, MIT


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2008
Samuel M. Allen, Ph.D.

Professor of Physical Metallurgy,
Department of Materials Science and Engineering,
School of Engineering, MIT


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2009
Leslie A. Kolodziejski, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering,
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
School of Engineering, MIT


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2010
Olivier L. de Weck, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics,
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics,
School of Engineering, MIT


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2011
Gang Chen, Ph.D.

Professor of Power Engineering;
Director, Pappalardo Micro and Nano Engineering Laboratories,
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
School of Engineering, MIT


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2012
Terry P. Orlando, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering,
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science;
Principal Investigator, Research Laboratory of Electronics,
School of Engineering, MIT


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2013
Allan V. Oppenheim, Sc.D.

Professor of Engineering,
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science;
Principal Investigator, Research Laboratory of Electronics,
School of Engineering, MIT


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2014
Maria C. Yang, Ph.D.

Professor,
Department of Chemical Engineering,
School of Engineering, MIT


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2015
Daniel Blankschtein, Ph.D.

Professor,
Department of Chemical Engineering,
School of Engineering, MIT


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2016
Duane Boning, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering,
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
School of Engineering, MIT


Award Program Institutions

The program is endowed to operate through six supporting institutions.

An international recognition is part of the annual society-level award programs of ASME. U. S. national honorees are recognized through the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi. Other outstanding mentors are selected annually through similarly-endowed institutional programs at Duke University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology – universities where sponsor Capers McDonald has been privileged to have been engaged as a learner, either as a student or faculty member.

Aside from simply learning more about each of these organizations, there are many reasons to contact our award program institutions! You may want to learn more and become a better mentor or advisor. You may wish to know the procedure for nominating an excellent mentor for one of the awards. Or, you may have some interest in contributing to the celebration by volunteering some of your time or funds to enhance the recognitions. All are welcomed!

Technology – universities where sponsor Capers McDonald has been privileged to have been engaged as a learner, either as a student or faculty member.

Aside from simply learning more about each of these organizations, there are many reasons to contact our award program institutions! You may want to learn more and become a better mentor or advisor. You may wish to know the procedure for nominating an excellent mentor for one of the awards. Or, you may have some interest in contributing to the celebration by volunteering some of your time or funds to enhance the recognitions. All are welcomed!

A sincere effort is maintained to keep this information, including contacts, up to date. However, the institutions’ own web sites and directory listings should also prove helpful.


Connections Among the Six Institutions

In addition to their individual dedication to excellence in engineering and the applied sciences; to innovation, creativity and leadership; and to a broad social perspective on the role of engineers, these six institutions are prominent among those Capers McDonald has enjoyed working and learning in throughout his life – either as a student, faculty member or volunteer.

In the School of Engineering at Duke University, Capers earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) degree with majors in Biomedical Engineering and Zoology in 1974. He completed a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) degree at MIT in 1976, conducting his thesis work with fellow engineers at MIT and orthopedic surgeons at Children’s Hospital Boston. Following five years of employment, Capers concluded his formal education – to date – with a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree from Harvard Business School in 1983.

Immediately following 12 years as President and CEO of BioReliance Corporation in 2004, Capers became an Executive in Residence and faculty member with Johns Hopkins University, teaching in graduate programs that in 2007 became parts of the newly-chartered Carey Business School.

Capers was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honorary, following his third undergraduate year at Duke and served as the student Chapter President during 1973-74. He is a Life Member of ASME, which for many years was known as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


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Near Top of Page: MIT honorees Prof. Sam Allen (2008), left, and Prof. Leslie Kolodziejski (2009) in full academic regalia, including their award medallions on MIT ribbons.