Staff Award Nomination

Please consider nominating a member of the DMSE administrative, support, or teaching staff for an excellence award.

Infinite Mile and Ellen J. Mandigo Award

Recognizing the contributions School of Engineering staff make to the MIT community

The School of Engineering is currently accepting nominations for its Infinite Mile Awards and Ellen J. Mandigo Awards. All School of Engineering employees are eligible. 

Infinite Mile Award

The Infinite Mile Awards (IMA) support the Institute’s objectives for excellence. Launched in 2001, the awards recognize and reward members of the MIT School of Engineering’s administrative, support, sponsored research, and, when appropriate, academic staff. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on June 17, 2021. The categories and criteria are:

  • Excellence: Successful nominees are individuals or teams (generally no more than five people) whose work is of the highest quality. The nominees stand out because of the high level of commitment, enormous energy, and enthusiasm they bring to their work.
  • Diversity and Community: Successful nominees promote diversity and harmony in the workplace by taking positive steps toward promoting cross-cultural sensitivity and a sense of community. They create or help create a welcoming and supportive environment in which all are encouraged to excel.
  • Institutional Cooperation: Successful nominees welcome and make the most of opportunities to collaborate across units. They contribute to cross-functional efforts, embrace the needs and values of the Institute, and are generous with their time and knowledge.

This year, nominations for the Infinite Mile Award are due March 31, 2021.

Ellen J. Mandigo Award for Outstanding Service

The Ellen J. Mandigo Award for Outstanding Service honors a member of the School of Engineering who has demonstrated, over an extended period-of-time, intelligence, skill, hard work, and dedication to MIT. This year, nominations for the Ellen J. Mandigo Award are due March 31, 2021.



Please complete the form below to nominate your candidate for an Infinite Mile Award or the Ellen J. Mandigo Award. We’re looking for your stories about how your nominee has gone above and beyond to assist MIT’s mission to make a better world. The more specific you can be, the more likely your nominee will be chosen for the award.


Nomination suggestions will be collected and considered by the DMSE Award Committee, and then final nominations are selected and forwarded to the Dean’s Committee by the Department Head.

The School of Engineering provides information about the award program, the nomination process, and the names and departmental affiliations of past award winners.