Innovative Solutions

  • Joanne Straggas
    Senior Project Manager
    Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education and Information Services and Technology
    Senior Project Manager

    Joanne is a Senior Project Manager in Information Services & Technology who has worked on many projects over the past several years in the Office of the Dean for Undergraduate Education. The list of projects for which she has provided crucial support and leadership is quite impressive and too long to list. However, here are some of the highlights from her nomination.

    Her work in 2000 as project leader on the ground-breaking effort to assess and redesign aspects of the MIT undergraduate advising process involved creating adequate online resources and tools to support advisors and their students. Joanne and her team devoted months of extremely focused and disciplined work to identify numerous complex issues. Her work was done so well and so thoroughly that her report continues to stand as a reference model to this day and has helped inform the work of the faculty Committee on the Undergraduate Program as it made recommendations to the Faculty this year.

    Many of the initiatives Joanne has led or been a major contributor to have laid the groundwork for programs that have essential educational benefit. While working on initiatives for the Cambridge-MIT Institute, Joanne solved housing problems for Cambridge University students while at MIT, and resolved chronic delays in the proposal process for faculty at both institutions. Her most recent accomplishment has been the creation of a pilot Office of Foreign Scholarships, which handles all of the applications MIT students submit for highly competitive foreign programs such as Rhodes and Fulbright.

    Joanne, for your outstanding ability to untangle difficult problems and create innovative solutions we are very pleased to present you with this 2004-2005 MIT Excellence Award.

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