Agnes has recently moved into the role of Assistant Director of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Before that, she was the Assistant Director for the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and responsible for all fiscal matters at the Lab. Her CSAIL colleagues were certainly sorry to see her go, because they put together a glowing nomination for her before her departure.
Here is what some of them had to say:
"There are many qualities that make Agnes unique. First, she is incredibly dedicated and hardworking. Your problem instantly becomes her problem, and she will deal with it with all she's got, late at night or over the weekend. Second, she is extremely detail-oriented. She can tell everybody the status of his/her accounts in such detail that it amazes even the most detail-oriented Principal Investigators. Third, she is a good leader, knowing how to get the most out of her staff, and treating them with love and respect. Last but not least, she is friendly and unassuming, and treats everyone around the lab with kindness."
Another colleague wrote:
"Agnes's work is often done in the face of extreme pressure. It's not uncommon for there to be a dozen budget proposals that must be prepared at the same time; and two or three dozen financial reports that all have the same deadline. No matter how tight the timetable or how much other work she has before her, Agnes and her staff have never failed to provide almost immediate turnaround. Over the years, Agnes has been a trusted and essential advisor. This is more than a matter of her knowledge of MIT policies and government rules-she's a source of real wisdom about making financial commitments and balancing competing requirements."
For your consistent dedication and willingness to go above and beyond, we are pleased to present you, Agnes, with an MIT Excellence Award.