Ellen G. Mandigo Award for Outstanding Service

The Ellen J. Mandigo Award for Outstanding Service, presented for the first time in 2009, was made possible by a bequest from Ms. Mandigo, a member of the engineering community for nearly five decades.

A fixture of the MIT School of Engineering staff from 1942 until her retirement in 1991, Ms. Mandigo always took a strong interest in the activities and welfare of students and faculty alike. From 1952–71, she served as the “personal secretary” to Manson Benedict, who in 1958 became the first head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering. Ms. Mandigo, in 1971, joined the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics as the secretary to head Rene Miller. In addition to her remarkable facility for undertaking and completing many jobs simultaneously, Ms. Mandigo was dedicated to MIT and its goals and objectives. She passed away in 2005.

The Ellen J. Mandigo Award for Outstanding Service is given annually to  staff members who have demonstrated, over an extended period of time, the qualities Ms. Mandigo valued and possessed in great abundance: intelligence, skill, hard work, and dedication to MIT. The award carries a cash prize of $5,000.

Award Recipients

Year Recipients Department
2018 Daniel Darling
Rachel Kemper
Angela Mickunas
Department of Biological Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2017 Lisa Bella
Beth Tuths
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Chemical Engineering
2016 Doreen Morris
Stephen Wetzel
Office of the Provost
Department of Chemical Engineering
2015 Dorothy Curtis Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratories
2014 Gerry Hughes
Vicky Diadiuk
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Microsystems Technology Laboratories
2013 Lourenco Pires
JoAnn Sorrento
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Biological Engineering
2012 Marion Gross
Anne Hunter
Marie Stuppard
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
2011 Su Chung
Anita Kafka
Department of Chemical Engineering and Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering
2010 Agnes Chow
Leslie Regan
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Mechanical Engineering
2009 Valerie Censabella
Ping M. Lee
Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics