Brian Jones

System Administrator
Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems, School of Engineering
Award presented by
Provost Martin Schmidt

2017 MIT Excellence Awards + Collier Medal ceremony

Our next Serving the Client award goes to a system administrator at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems. His name is Brian Jones and he provides IT and computational support to the LIDS community and to the staff of the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society. He also

  • develops and maintains the web presence,
  • organizes audio-visual needs,
  • purchases and maintains electronic equipment across the lab

Brian is continually taking on new responsibilities because he recognizes a need, a gap, or a problem that should be addressed—and he addresses it by taking the challenge under his wing.

His colleagues shared these observations about Brian:

Brian foresees the hidden problems that may arise from pursuing easy solutions to IT challenges.”

“Brian knows how to explain technical issues in layman’s terms without talking down to those with elementary knowledge.”

“Brian played a key role in reinventing our web presence. The website is now a crucial resource and has helped reestablish LIDS as one of the most important centers in the world for research in the analytical decision and information sciences.”

Congratulations, Brian, on your Excellence Award!