Presenter: Israel Ruiz, Vice President for Finance
Our first awardee, the director of the Environment, Health, and Safety Office, led his department through major operational and organizational changes that have greatly improved how EHS provides services to the Institute. He sets high standards and leads by example, modeling a quiet and collaborative approach that works particularly well with MIT faculty members and researchers. He takes on high-profile roles in national organizations, keeping EHS ahead of the curve on key issues, and ensuring MIT serves as a role model for peer institutions.
Not only is he critical to improving health and safety at MIT, he is largely responsible for the excellent relationship between MIT and the Cambridge Fire Department. One fire official called him ‘an inspiration to his field.’
It is my pleasure to present this award to Lou DiBerardinis.