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2018 Rogers Prize Shared by Three Teams

Rogers Prize Winners From left, Joshua Amaniampong, Juan Gil, Jake Wellens, Ankur Moitra, Davesh Maulik, Dhruv Rohatgi, Julius Baldauf-Lenschen, and Ao Sun.

The 2018 Hartley Rogers Jr. Family Prize for the best SPUR paper was awarded to three teams, to be split evenly, as decided by the faculty committee (Ju-Lee Kim, Bill Minicozzi, and Elchanan Mossel).

SPUR student Julius Baldauf-Lenschen and mentor Ao Sun were awarded “for a sharp lower bound for the entropy of immersed curves with type 1 singularities and an excellent, clear presentation.” The project was suggested by Bill Minicozzi.

SPUR+ students Juan Gil and Joshua Amaniampong and mentor Jake Wellens, who suggested the project, were awarded "for new theoretical applications of partial rejection sampling and their practical implementation."

SPUR student Dhruv Rohatgi and mentor Jake Wellens were awarded "for elegant design constructions, their application to bi-partite clique partitions and for novel contributions to ordered Ramsey theory." The project was suggested by Asaf Ferber.

Congratulations to all of the students and mentors. We also appreciate everyone who helped out, including those who provided ideas for the projects, all of the mentors, SPUR/SPUR+ faculty advisers Davesh Maulik and Ankur Moitra, and the program director, Slava Gerovitch, along with the Rogers family for their support of this program.

Peter Shor Receives the IEEE Sumner Award and Information Theory Society Paper Award

Peter Shor

Peter Shor has been awarded the IEEE’s 2018 Eric E. Sumner Award for Outstanding Contributions to Communications Theory, specifically "for contributions to quantum communication and information theory."

He also received the 2017 Information Theory Society Paper Award for "The Quantum Reverse Shannon Theorem and Resource Tradeoffs for Simulating Quantum Channels," IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, May 2014, which he wrote with MIT Physics Professor Aram Harrow, Charles Bennett, Igor Devetak, and Andreas Winter. This award is given annually for an outstanding publication in the fields of interest to the Society appearing anywhere during the preceding four calendar years.

Congratulations Peter!

Zhao Receives the School of Science Future of Science Award, and Other Distinctions

Yufei Zhao

Yufei Zhao has been named the second recipient of the School of Science’s Future of Science Award. Among other research accomplishments, Yufei with three undergraduates solved an open problem concerning the number of independent sets in an irregular graph—a conjecture first proposed in 2001.

Yufei was also recently named the Class of 1956 Career Development Assistant Professor, effective July 2018. Last month, SIAM awarded Yufei the 2018 Dénes König Prize, given biennially to an early career researcher for outstanding research in discrete mathematics.

“Yufei exemplifies the best of our faculty members,” says Department Head Michel Goemans. “He is a skilled, creative researcher who is also an outstanding teacher and mentor both in and outside the classroom.”

Congratulations Yufei!

Pavel Etingof Earns MIT’s Perkins Award

Pavel Etingof

Professor Pavel Etingof has been awarded MIT’s Frank E. Perkins award for Excellence in Graduate Advising. Named in honor of Frank E. Perkins, Dean of the Graduate School from 1983-85, this award is presented to a faculty member who demonstrates unbounded compassion and dedication toward students. He also earned this award in 2015.

Congratulations Pavel!

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