Presenter: Israel Ruiz, Vice President for Finance
Well-known in his field for helping to create the Logical Journey of the Zoombinis, this awardee is an inspiration to game developers everywhere. But for those who work in MIT’s Education Arcade, he is also a selfless mentor—the go-to guy for assistance of all kinds. He remains close enough to projects to provide influence, while giving others space to grow. As one nominator said, ‘His faith in my abilities as a manager ... have enabled me to tackle tasks and produce results I wouldn’t have dreamed of under other leadership.’
While exceptionally busy, he always makes time to help others—even assisting one staffer with design work to ensure her project met deadline. He has a wealth of experience, a brilliant mind, and a generous character.
This award for Bringing out the Best goes to Scot Osterweil.