The J. Francis Reintjes Excellence in VI-A Industrial Practice Award
The J. Francis Reintjes Excellence in VI-A Industrial Practice Award is an endowment fund in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science VI-A M.Eng Thesis Program, formed in 2007 through the generosity of the late Professor-Emeritus J. Francis Reintjes and his family.
Throughout his career, Professor Reintjes took a strong interest in VI-A. He served as its Program director from 1961 through 1969, and again as interim director in 1993-1994. Several program improvements were introduced under his leadership. The roster of participating companies was expanded and faculty participation in the program was broadened through appointment of a faculty adviser to the students at each company location. He also served for many years as faculty adviser to VI-A students at Honeywell, one of the companies he recruited for the Program.
The $1,000 award will be given each year at the EECS Spring Awards Ceremony to a VIA student who has demonstrated outstanding performance in a VI-A work assignment and/or exceptional quality in an M.Eng. Thesis performed at a VI-A company. Nominations for this award can come from EECS faculty and VI-A company personnel who are familiar with the outstanding VI-A work and/or VI-A M.Eng. Thesis by a VI-A student. The award recipient is chosen by a VI-A Awards Committee organized by the VI-A Director.
Reintjes Award winners to date include: Masood Qazi, internship with IBM Microelectronics (2007), Jason Furtado, internship with Draper Lab (2008), Doris Lin, internship with Analog Devices (2008), Michael Price, internship with Analog Devices (2009), Zhen Li, internship with Linear Technology (2009), Amanda Gaudreau, internship with Medtronic (2010), Zouyu Tao, internship at Lincoln Laboratory (2010), Anh Nguyen, internship with Microsoft Research Asia (2011) , Xiawa Wang, internship with Bosch Research (2011), Travis Grusecki, internship with NetApp (2012), Joseph Colosimo, internship with MIT Lincoln Laboratory (2013) and Shijie (Kevin) Zheng, internship with Analog Devices (2013).