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Tom Leighton Wins Visionary Award

Tom Leighton

Professor Tom Leighton PhD ’81 received SC Media's first ever Visionary award as Akamai Technologies' chief executive officer, at the 23rd annual SC Awards gala on March 6, 2019, in San Francisco. The Visionaries of the Last 30 Years category honors those who have shaped the industry and will serve to impact the future.

Akamai also took home the Best Web Application Solution award for its Kona Site Defender web application.

Congratulations Tom!

Andrew Lawrie Receives the Edmund F. Kelly Award

Andrew Lawrie

The Edmund F. Kelly Research Award has been awarded to Assistant Professor Andrew Lawrie. Every three years, the mathematics department gives this award to a junior faculty member "in recognition of work that applies mathematical methods to a new area or that offers a fundamentally new perspective on a classical problem."

Congratulations Andrew!

ICCM Recognizes Best Papers

Semyon Dyatlov Yufei Zhao Larry Guth László Miklós Lovász Bjorn Poonen George Lusztig

Top Row: Semyon Dyatlov, Yufei Zhao, Larry Guth
Bottom Row: László Miklós Lovász, Bjorn Poonen, George Lusztig

Several in the MIT math community received Best Paper Awards from the 2018 International Consortium of Chinese Mathematicians in December. Awardees included:

The ICCM Global Selection Committee included Bjorn Poonen, and the award ceremony featured a Distinguished Lecture by George Lusztig.

MIT Takes 2nd Place in Putnam Competition

Yufei Zhao and Putnam Winners

In the 79th annual William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition, the team of Junyao Peng, Ashwin Sah, and Yunkun Zhou took second place, behind Harvard. Yuan Yao and Shengtong Zhang were among the five Putnam Fellows.

MIT took 9 of the next 10 top spots, including Danielle Wang, who will receive her second Elizabeth Lowell Putnam Prize. (Danielle recently was also a runner-up in the 2019 Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize from the AWM.)

Our students took 6 of the next 12 spots, and 28 out of 74 honorable mentions. In total, MIT students dominated in the demanding six-hour mathematics competition, taking 45 of the top 101 spots.

“I am super proud of our students' performance on the Putnam Competition,” said Yufei Zhao, our Putnam coach. “The number of high scorers from MIT shows the unparalleled strength of our undergraduate math community.”

Administered by the Mathematical Association of America on December 1, the competition included 164 MIT students among 4,623 test-takers from 568 U.S. and Canadian institutions.

Read more at MIT News.


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