The Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award is “to honor and encourage the considerable efforts and accomplishments of faculty who consistently serve as effective mentors of doctoral students, the Rackham School of Graduate Studies has established the Graduate Mentoring Awards for tenured faculty from any discipline.” Professor Wight has a long and distinguished record of mentoring graduate students. Twenty-nine students have completed their doctoral degrees under his mentorship and seventeen of them have gone on to academic careers either in the U.S. or in their home countries. Many of his students, including those in non-academic positions, have already established themselves as leaders in their technical areas of expertise. The Rackham School of Graduate Studies gives between five and six awards annually campus-wide. Professor Wight is the first CEE recipient of this award since its inception. Professor Wight will be presented with the award at a public ceremony on April 17, 2009 in the Rackham Amphitheatre beginning at 4:00 p.m.