Four professors including DUSP's own Bish Sanyal have been named 2011 MacVicar Faculty Fellows for their outstanding undergraduate teaching, mentoring and educational innovation. In addition to Professor Sanyal, this year's honorees include Christopher Schuh, of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering; and George Verghese and Patrick Winston, both of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
There are now 38 current members of the MacVicar Faculty Fellows Program, which was established in 1992 to honor the life and devotion to teaching excellence of Margaret MacVicar '64, ScD '67, MIT's first dean for undergraduate education and founder of UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program). The 10-year fellowship provides an annual allowance to support faculty undergraduate teaching efforts.
Sanyal received his BS in architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1972, his MS in urban planning from the University of Kansas in 1976 and his PhD in urban and regional planning from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1984.
He joined the MIT faculty in 1984 after previously working for the World Bank, and served as the head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 1994 to 2002 and chair of the MIT faculty from 2007 to 2009. Sanyal, currently the Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning, also directs the SPURS/Hubert Humphrey program at MIT for mid-career professionals.
One colleague, in nominating Sanyal, said he excelled at "stimulating new ideas, creating collaborative initiatives and contributing to the MIT culture and educational experience." Provost L. Rafael Reif formally announced the honorees to the MIT faculty during a reception at Gray House on Tuesday, March 8.