Thank You to These Community Members

The following MIT community members have been recognized for going the extra mile. Thank someone today.
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March 1, 2022

Valerie Alleyne, Nico Lang

A big thank you to Valerie and Nico for setting me up with a workspace in our building. My usual space is under construction, thanks to Valerie and Nico I didn't need to stress at all about a couple of on-campus commitments that popped up. Valerie thank you, especially for keeping an eye out for me this morning, the tour, and making sure everything was all set.
Megan Chester, Office of the President and EVPT
December 22, 2021

Edith Wun

Thank you, Edith! Edith is the Leadership Giving officer in NSE and also covers the PSFC and the IPC. She has gone above and beyond this past year in support of the MIT Mission. Whether it is managing logistics of funds transfers, connecting the right problem-solving team across the Institute when questions pop-up, gracious and consistent engagement with friends and alumni, or long-range strategic planning, Edith is dedicated to excellence. She has managed everything with patience, thoughtfulness, and care. Work on fundraising is essential to provide our students with the best educational and research environment in the world. Thank you, Edith, for making NSE and MIT a great place to be!
Anne White , School of Engineering
November 21, 2021

Philip Harris

Professor Harris is one of the nicest professor I have at MIT. I hope he knows that his students do appreciate him as a teacher!!
8.012 student
November 21, 2021

Megan Chester

Thank you, Megan, for being a supportive and helpful colleague. I appreciate you covering me last minute during a busy week. You are amazing!
Vicki Burgoyne, Office of the President and EVPT
October 15, 2021

Myron Fletch Freeman

Through out the closure and partial closure Fletch has made if possible for us to service our students, faculty and other community members. There is no way we would have been able to continue to offer the high standards of service our community members deserve through these trying times without Fletch's help. He is our shining star and we are so grateful for all he does! Thank you Fletch!
EECS Grad Office, School of Engineering
October 14, 2021

Richard Petruzzelli

My supervisor, Richard Petruzzelli, has made the transaction back to working in the office very pleasant, despite my anxiety about returning. His flexibility, patience, and understanding of each person's situation have helped me embrace my return while making me feel more motivated to continue doing my very best in the office.
October 13, 2021

Kimberly Harmon

Dearest Kim, thank you for always being available whenever I needed your assistance with a travel problem/question. Your insights have saved me hours of time! I cannot THANK YOU enough for always being so helpful and so prompt with responses. You are truly a gem and MIT Travel is lucky to have you, and so am I/We!
Diane Alicea, Other
October 13, 2021

Christine Stasio

I had a family medical emergency and ended up dropping the ball on some key event planning details for a 'pop up' musical performance by the Festival Jazz Ensemble. When I called Facilities Operations at 7:00AM on the day of the performance Christine jumped into action immediately connecting me to the right people, staying with the issue until it was all set and problem solving common issues up front to make sure everything went smoothly. Her professional and empathic approach made all the difference. Thank you, Christine!
Maryanne Kirkbride, Office of the Provost, Vice President for Research, Lincoln Laboratory
October 4, 2021

Joanne McHugh and Caroline Johnston

I would like to thank both Joanne McHugh and Caroline Johnston, for holding me up during my isolation period when Covid first struck. Their humor and support was truly needed and appreciated. I am blessed to have some wonderful and caring co-workers, who have also become great friends! Thank you both so much!
Diane Alicea, Other
October 3, 2021

Lina Necib

Thank you so much for teaching 8.012 recitations! Your teaching style makes so much sense and helps me to understand physics way better than I thought was possible.
Anonymous :), School of Science
September 15, 2021

Everyone at the Atlas Center and especially Jamal

Like many of us, I had to get a new ID card when I returned to campus since my old one wouldn't work with the new card readers. When I went to the Atlas Center last week there was a line out the door and dozens upon dozens of people waiting for service. I really want to thank all of the Atlas Center staff for being so efficient and helpful to so many people at once, and especially to Jamal for keeping the energy up and being so cheerful! It had to have been an exhausting week for them all and I so appreciated all they were doing.
Janine Liberty, Other
September 2, 2021

David Elwell

Due to my mistake on document work, I had to stay at a Canadian airport since I was rejected by the US customs. David helped me safely travel to the US and get the correct document. David could have been angry at so many things. I was the one who did not pay attention to the his emails and made a mistake. I had such a bad connection when I was calling him at the airport since all I had was the public wifi provided by the airport. And it was weekend when I called him. Nevertheless, he was unbelievably kind all the time. It was literally unbelievable. I would have totally understood even if he said bad words to me. He is such an angel. He helped me with so many things. He is very sincere in helping the international students to be safe and comfortable at MIT. I think he does so much more than what he has to do. MIT and its students are so lucky to have him! Thank you so much, David.
Jaeyoon Song, Sloan School of Management
August 31, 2021

Cam Fox

Cam Fox does an amazing job helping me with the managed servers my department and I depend on 24/7. From the very beginning (2016), Cam has always been responsive, often anticipating issues that I may not see, and offering advice on how to improve the performance of the servers and hosted websites. I never take for granted that Cam won't need extra time to fix a problem or implement a change on my behalf. I deeply appreciate the speed, accuracy, and reliability that Cam continues to demonstrate during these trying times. Knowing the department's managed servers are in good hands allows me to focus my energies on other tasks and do my job better.
Belinda Yung, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
August 26, 2021

Atlas Service Center

Sending a well-deserved SHOUT OUT to the Atlas Service Center team. So many things we can appreciate: they've been on-campus ensuring our ID requests are administered, I-9s have been completed, answered the same questions, and best of all very good-natured :-)

Thank you all for your support then and continued support now especially with welcoming our new students and employees and welcoming back all of us who have misplaced our IDs or getting acclimated to our campus again.

You all are the BEST!
Lisa Breede, School of Architecture + Urban Planning
July 7, 2021

Ann Julian

Ann Julian is one of those people who make everything work. She is creative, knowledgeable, upbeat and above everything willing to help and offer solutions. With one of the highest procurement transactions volume, our DLC always needs to reach out to Ann for advice and she never fails to offer the best support there is. I am grateful to have Ann as a partner.
Carmen Finn, Schwarzman School of Computing
June 25, 2021

Diane Stacey-Wood

Shout out to Diane who helps the Media Lab as our HRO with a great big THANK YOU! When I reach out to Diane she responds promptly, thinks through avenues for consideration and offers a hand no matter the tediousness of the need. It's wonderful to have the opportunity to work with Diane! Thank you so much for working with the Media Lab!
Lisa Breede, School of Architecture + Urban Planning
June 11, 2021

Ashley Smart, Deb Blum

MIT Knight Science Journalism is such a treasure to the Institute. Ashley and Deb in particular are a living rolodex of amazing science journalists the world over who have great appreciation for MIT and are often willing to volunteer as event moderators/hosts/writers. And Undark (, the magazine co-founded by Blum and Tom Zeller, has given the world five years of essential science reporting on otherwise underreported topics/domains. MIT is so much richer thanks to KSJ's contributions.
Joe McGonegal, Alumni Association and Resource Development
June 4, 2021

Cindy Sambataro

Thank you, Cindy, for your unconditional assistance throughout my tenure at Open Learning. The things I have learned from you were invaluable. Now that I am on my way out, I want to show you recognition. Thank you so much for everything you've helped me with! I will always be so so so grateful for your help. Please accept this very small token of my appreciation.
Welina Farah, Other
May 26, 2021

Mary Tobin

Mary Tobin: dedication, dedication, enthusiasm, and insight are shown in her workdays. Mary, thank you for doing great works like this, and there’s no looking back for you. We feel that you make the MIT workplace your passion, and that’s why you succeed. We truly appreciate the good work.
Joao Bosco Da Silva, Facilities
May 17, 2021

Prudence Robinson

Thank you for making an opportunity to recognize our colleagues in SA+P! You made a recommendation and helped us to contribute to the opportunity and followed through to make it a reality! :-)
Lisa Breede, School of Architecture + Urban Planning
May 13, 2021

Jacqueline Sherry, Timothy Beaulieu, and Lindsay Scholl

HST PhD students are eager to return to hospital-based classes that paused due to the pandemic, and our faculty and staff are working hard to resume in-person clinical training. When HST students needed to meet evolving medical and EHS requirements on short notice, Jackie, Tim and Lindsay reacted quickly and effectively. They were exceedingly professional, collegial, collaborative and generous. We are tremendously grateful.
Traci Anderson and Julie Greenberg, on behalf of HST, School of Engineering
May 6, 2021

Jackie Cen

Always ready to bring a smile to others’ faces and checks in on others when they seem down, Jackie is an amazing colleague and friend. A hard worker who selflessly and tirelessly juggles difficult, competing tasks. Thank you, Jackie, for being you. I appreciate all that you do.
Gretchen Jones, Schwarzman School of Computing
May 4, 2021

Martin Chan

Martin's such an uplifting and funny person. They're a friend of pretty much all of East Campus. I really appreciate all the times they check in on me and send me things I'd like.
CJ Quines
April 11, 2021

Mike Gallino

I am beyond appreciative to Mike for his responsiveness and troubleshooting. During the workweek Mike is always available and follows up on ticket submissions. Some technical difficulties started bubbling on a late Friday afternoon, and I realized on Saturday morning the issue was still persisting. I submitted a ticket hoping to address the issue first thing Monday morning. Mike responded within minutes of my ticket submission, addressed the department recognizing this was not an isolated issue, and offered to have a remote session with me. Thank you, Mike, for taking time out of your weekend to resolve this.
Megan Chester, Office of the President and EVPT
April 2, 2021

Anna Spector and Nancy A. Sahagian

It is beyond my belief that you worked out the Cancer Research Institute fellowship application for Dr. Arthur Zalevsky within 24 hours! On the morning of April 1, both Dr. Zalevsky and I had almost given up the hope to get it done. You have both gone above and beyond the call of duty.

This is truly an amazing experience in my 33 years at MIT. I want to express my sincere appreciation for all your diligent lightening speed work to get this fellowship application through.

MIT is truly an AMAZING place! You demonstrated it once again! I believe it is almost impossible in most institutions to have such dedicated staff like you. On behalf of Dr. Zalevsky, I want to thank you very much for your dedication!
Shuguang Zhang, School of Architecture + Urban Planning
March 31, 2021

Technology Licensing Office Staff

To the entire TLO Staff for all their amazing work, doing double duty every day to support the replacement of our database all while keeping the TLO functioning and responding to the MIT and external community on innovation matters. Their commitment to this project is humbling. Thank you each and every one.
Lesley Millar-Nicholson, Office of the Provost, Vice President for Research, Lincoln Laboratory
March 25, 2021

Darren Conroy

Darren always goes the extra mile to help myself and our coding team members as well as our Department members with his expertise. His research on any topic requested of him and his articulation of the subject paired with his ability to educate us are beyond helpful. We are very lucky to have him on our team!
Judy Kelly
March 25, 2021

International People Placement & VPF Tax Office

Thank you to Linda Dionne for her helpful consultation and assistance with assisting our community who need to work from international locations. She has been an amazing resource.

Thank you to Jennifer Chung for her assistance with getting the PEOs in place to support our community.

The teams have been helpful resources.
Lisa Breede, School of Architecture + Urban Planning
March 22, 2021

William Adams

I support a very large, unique, and diverse population in the Research Lab of Electronics (RLE). Working from home during the past year, our community encountered numerous IT challenges, including certificate updates, syncing remote desktops to our home computers, creating an Outlook calendar and zoom meetings, setting up access for our graduate students to the community printers/scanners, and much more.

One specific instance of Bill going above and beyond was when I inadvertently deleted an important folder that carried two weeks' worth of data entry. This folder was critical to our Lab's research. By the time I realized what I had done, it was 5:35 pm on a Friday before a long weekend. I didn't expect an answer, but when I called Bill he answered and worked with us until we recovered this folder (which took over three hours!).

For this instance and all of Bill's continued assistance through the years, this note is a small token of my gratitude. Thank you, Bill!
Anonymous , Other
March 19, 2021

Chris Foglia; Cheryl Miller; Amber Franey; Dorothea Gray

This team at MIT CISR has transitioned all of our in-person global events to a new schedule of online delivery. They've invented new offerings and experimented with new tools. They've managed change with a spirit of ingenuity. Thank you!
Leslie Owens, Sloan School of Management