Infinite Mile Program

The Infinite Mile Rewards and Recognition program is a way of recognizing and rewarding MIT employees for significant accomplishments in addition to their normal compensation and performance reviews. The Infinite Mile Awards, as well as the Appreciation Awards, are part of the Institute-wide MIT Rewards and Recognition program. For more information, please visit MIT Human Resources.

The awards should focus upon individuals or teams whose contributions, directly or indirectly, are particularly valuable to advancing the School of Architecture and Planning’s core mission of producing first-rate, innovative research, scholarship and teaching. Nominations should specify the nature of the contribution; describe its relevance and value to the core mission, and say why it should be regarded as especially meritorious.

The awards are primarily to recognize and reward members of MIT's administrative staff, support staff, service staff, and research staff, though a strong case for others will be considered. They are meant to acknowledge outstanding contributions made either while carrying out responsibilities within the job description or outside it.

Outstanding project teams may be nominated, as well as individuals. Anyone at MIT can be a nominator. We encourage you to nominate peers, colleagues, supervisors or supervisees within the School of Architecture and Planning. Normally, those outside of the School should be nominated through their school’s awards procedure; however, special cases will be considered.



Someone who fosters community by showing outstanding dedication and loyalty to his/her unit, department, school or the Institute by:

  • taking time to learn about other groups
  • taking steps to build and maintain relationships
  • getting involved in helping others beyond job borders
  • actively contributes to a welcoming environment where staff feel a sense of belonging
  • brings a lens of equity and inclusion to programs, policies, and practices
  • Intentionally seeks others' opinions and finds ways to incorporate ideas of others



Leaders help others see a vision, willingly share knowledge and contribute to others\' development, inspiring others to follow their example. A leader may:

  • coach others to help them reach goals
  • proactively identify problems and generate solutions
  • volunteer to take on a difficult task
  • create team spirit and confidence
  • serve as a positive example or role model for others



The individual (or team) may implement solutions that result in desirable and unexpected outcomes such as productivity improvements, better service to students, faculty, alumni/ae and staff, or significant cost savings. He/She/They may:

  • proactively take the time and initiative to address and resolve issues
  • adopt skills or resources to meet new challenges
  • exhibit perseverance and resourcefulness
  • encourage others to solve problems, either individually or as part of a team
  • consistently sustain high-level service



The creative problem-solver applies analytical thinking to improve current practices. In achieving these objectives the person may:

  • investigate alternative work methods
  • test new systems or approaches
  • find new and creative ways to use existing resources
  • encourage others to think creatively

Communication + Collaboration


The individual communicates and collaborates with others in a way that provides clear direction and vision regarding a project, program or process, resulting in better understanding and better cooperation than expected. In achieving these objectives the person may:

  • build consensus and work toward shared success
  • ably deal with difficult situations
  • communicate in inspiring ways
  • adopt a positive attitude that encourages the group