Ellen Rushman awarded a 2017 Infinite Mile Award

On Thursday, May 11th, Ellen Rushman, DUSP's Academic Programs Coordinator, received one of three 2017 Infinite Mile Awards.

Amongst the many glowing comments about Ellen at the award ceremony, a clear theme emerged. That theme is her dedication to go above and beyond in creating a caring and supportive community for the students, faculty, and staff at DUSP, which Ellen does without the need for acknowledgement or praise.

DUSP PhD Candidate Cauam Ferreira Cardoso awarded the 2017 MIT Goodwin Medal for excellence in teaching

Cardoso has taught a wide of subjects at MIT, from introductory undergraduate courses to international graduate practicums, a unifying theme to emerge is the care he devotes to his students and his dedication to ensuring they succeed in his classes. Drawing upon his diverse international living experiences, Cardoso also offers wisdom and guidance to his students beyond his impressive academic abilities.

Professor Amy Glasmerier's dedication to her students recognized with an Office of the Dean for Graduate Education's Committed to Caring Award

Glasmerier's Living Wage Calculator, an open access mechanism for analyzing the minimum level of income required for individuals and families to pay for basic living expenses is perhaps the most famous of her accomplishments at DUSP. However, this award seeks to highlight Glasmerier's effort at DUSP outside of journals, books, and per-review; the passion, support, and effort she consistently extends to to her students.

“IDEAS” to change the world

Ten MIT student teams developing innovations to improve the lives of people around the world split awards totaling $95,000 — including a top prize for an app that tackles the U.S. opioid epidemic — at the annual IDEAS Global Challenge showcase and awards ceremony.

Are social values and normative judgements useful when studying transportation?

How is the subject of transportation uniquely enhanced by DUSP's intellectual contributions? How do flexible methodologies at DUSP help progress a subject when considering an interest with a wide field of discipline participation?

These questions and more are answered in today's DUSP Faculty Video, featuring Jinhua Zhao and as he delves into the subject of transportations interaction with DUSP's academic environment.

MISTI funds over 80 MIT faculty projects

From building architectural structures with 3-D printing and drone technology, to combatting drought around the world with a symbiotic ensemble of renewable energy systems, hydropower, and desalination, MISTI Global Seed Funds (GSF) awardees help to solve the world’s challenges through collaborations with their international peers. MISTI GSF projects have led to published papers, subsequent grants, and lasting collaboration — between individuals, and between MIT and other leading research institutions.

DUSP PhD Candidate John Arroyo's efforts to improve the MIT community recognized by the MIT Federal Credit Union as he is named the 2017 People Helping People Award

Please join us in congratulating, DUSP PhD Candidate John Arroyo's efforts to improve the MIT community recognized by the MIT Federal Credit Union as he is named the 2017 People Helping People Award.

The award recognizes the consistent commitment and effort Arroyo demonstrates both as a graduate resident tutor at MIT's Simmons Hall and within his role as a mentor, teacher, and advisor within DUSP.

DUSP Alumna receives honorary doctorate of fine arts from the University of Notre Dame

DUSP Alumna Martha Lampkin Welborne receives honorary doctorate of fine arts from the University of Notre Dame.

In her thesis, Martha Lampkin Welborne, MCP '81, examined Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT) programs' ability to promote participation by local actors in a design process. To read more about her thoughts on the R/UDAT efficacy, check out her thesis here.

DUSP's Professor Lawrence Vale receives a 2017 Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising

Lawrence Vale, Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning, who has been a member of the MIT faculty for over 28 years and has received many awards for teaching and advising, was named one of the 2017 Frank E. Perkins recipient for excellence in graduate advising.

Despite having eleven current doctoral advisees, Vale works closely and attentively with each student to mentor and give them opportunities to succeed at MIT and beyond. Students, both current and alumni, wrote in to voice their thanks for Vale's consistent care and mentorship.