Ted Hoppe

Tedd Hoppe and Tom MagnantiFrom left to right: Tamar Brand, Elizabeth White,          Paul Gallagher, Dave Foley, Bill Hanson, Mathilde Wood, Ted Hopped, and          Jon Griffith.Ted with his mother, Thersa Burrill

SDM program coordinator receives Infinite Mile Award

By Monica Nakamine
May 19, 2003

MIT’s School of Engineering held its 3rd annual Infinite Mile Awards ceremony on April 27, 2003. The award recognizes administrative and support staff members throughout the School’s various programs. Ted Hoppe, SDM program coordinator, was one of the 15 recipients to receive this recognition, which included a personalized MIT School of Engineering paperweight, monetary gift, and certificate of appreciation.

Dean of the School of Engineering Tom Magnanti presented Ted with the Infinite Mile Award.

From left to right: Tamar Brand, Elizabeth White, Paul Gallagher, Dave Foley, Bill Hanson, Mathilde Wood, Ted Hopped, and Jon Griffith.

Dennis Mahoney, director of the SDM Fellows Program, said, “Ted happens to have the most visible part of the student interaction, and he did go the ‘infinite mile’ to make sure that our students and partners were given the support that they needed, no matter what, when, or where.”

Many of the nominations that attested to Ted’s dedication and enthusiasm came from students, who emphasized Ted’s willingness to always go the extra mile to ensure that students’ needs are taken care of.

“It is one thing to be a graduate student on campus, who can turn to other students or staff when they have questions,” said one of Ted’s nominators. “It is something else entirely when you are a mid-level engineering manager, 1,500 to 6,000 miles away, accustomed to complete support from your company, and discover you need to depend on one person at MIT to be your lifeline.”

Students, as well as alumni, look to Ted as a pillar of support and knowledge, as Assistant Dean Sheila Kanode mentioned in her introductory remarks. One nominator called Ted the “go-to” guy that all the students rely on, whether they need help registering for classes, finding housing, or just need a listening ear.

“Having Ted around is like having an administrative assistant, personal valet, butler, and good friend all rolled into one,” said another student.

This July will mark Ted’s third year at MIT. In that short period of time, Ted has made a tremendous impact on student life for SDM Fellows, but also on the efficiency of the program itself.

“MIT is an amazing place to work as history is being made all the time,” said Ted. “It is an honor and privilege to be able to work with such outstanding individuals as our SDM Fellows since it gives me the energy and drive to do what I do.”

Ted’s mother, Thersa Burrill (pictured above, or whatever), drove all the way down from Maine to attend the awards ceremony.