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Staff Honors and Awards

University of Michigan

Staff Impact Award

This award given by the University of Michigan recognizes individuals and teams that have made the workplace better for all.

2020

Jacob Hayward

Jacob Hayward
EECS Applications Programmer
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Distinguished Diversity Team Leaders Award 

2016

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Rose Anderson

Rose Anderson
Graphic Designer

Lisa Armstrong

Lisa Armstrong
Department Administrator

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Kevin Calhoun
MS Program Coordinator

Jason Davis

Jason Davis
Alumni and External Affairs

Steven Pejuan

Steve Pejuan
PhD Program Coordinator

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Jose-Antonio Rubio
PhD Program Coordinator

Ann Stals

Ann Stals
Alumni Engagement and Events Manager

Research Staff Awards 

Distinguished Research Administrator Award 

Established by the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), this award recognizes staff who have demonstrated years of distinguished service exemplifying the goals of professional research administration.

2009

Barbara Rice

Barbara Rice
Research Manager
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2004

Betty Cummings

Betty Cummings
Research Manager

2003

Beth Lawson

Beth Lawson
Research Manager

2002

Virginia Wait

Virginia Wait
Administrative Manager (EECS)

Research Cores/Facilities Staff Recognition Award

2022

Jorge Barreda Esparza headshot

Jorge Barreda Esparza
Senior Research Engineer – LNF User Services

Outstanding Advising Award

The Outstanding Advising Award honors the dedication and excellence of staff and faculty advisers across all schools and colleges at the Ann Arbor campus.

2024
Honorable Mention

Kristen Thornton

Kristen Thornton
ECE Graduate Program Manager

UMatter Staff Recognition

The UMatter Staff Recognition Program is a special program that acknowledges the tremendous efforts and contributions staff make to the University of Michigan. UMatter provides individual recognition for outstanding service and actions for more casual day-to-day performance.

2022

Paula Pernia

Paula Pernia
ECE Facilities Manager

College of Engineering

Judith A. Pitney Staff Service Career Award 

The College of Engineering’s Judith A. Pitney Staff Service Career Award was established in 2006 to recognize the significant contributions of a single CoE staff member with a minimum of ten years of service in the College of Engineering. The award honors Judith Pitney, who served as executive director of RPM from 1992 – 2006.

2021

Lisa Armstrong

Lisa Armstrong
Department Administrator
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2013

Beth Stalnaker

Beth Stalnaker
Graduate Program Coordinator (Retired)
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2011

Dennis Grimard

Dennis Grimard
Managing Director of the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (no longer at U-M)
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2009

Karen Liska

Karen Liska
EECS Human Resources Coordinator
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Excellence in Staff Service Award

Each year, the College of Engineering recognizes staff individually and as a team who have made significant contributions or possess special qualities and attributes that foster teamwork and achievement.

2023

Michelle Chapman

Michelle Chapman
ECE Administration Senior Manager
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2022

Amy Brooks headshot

Amy Brooks
ECE Research Manager
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2021

Pilar Herrera-Fierro

Pilar Herrera-Fierro
Senior Director – LNF User Services
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2021

Kristen Thornton

Kristen Thornton
ECE PhD Graduate Coordinator
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2019

Ann Stals

Ann Stals
Alumni Engagement and Events Manager
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2018

Mike Stander

Mike Stander
Hardware and Electronics Technician
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2016

Beth Lawson

Beth Lawson
Senior Research Administrator
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Past Recipients:

  • 2014
    • Jacob Hayward
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2004
    • Linda Cox
  • 2003
    • Dennis Grimard
  • 2001
    • Beth Stalnaker
  • 2000
    • Terre Briggs
    • Timothy Brock
    • Phillip Collica
    • James Kulman Jr.
    • Karen Richardson
    • Frederick Sequin
    • Steven Sostrom
  • 1999
    • Linda Jaarda
    • Linda Owens
  • 1998
    • Henia Kamil
    • Deborah Swartz
  • 1996
    • Kathy DeWitt
    • Catharine June
  • 1995
    • Virginia Wait
  • 1994
    • Lisa Armstrong
  • 1992
    • Betty Cummings
    • Karen Liska

Excellence in Staff Service Team Award

2021
ECE Lab Kit team

headshots of 6 ECE lab kit team members

Top L-R: Silvia Dykstra, Rob Giles, Bobbi Scheffer.
Bottom L-R: Jennifer Honeycutt, Nicole Doher, and Jeffrey Horosko.

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Past:
Lurie Nanofabrication Group

SSEL group photo

(L to R): Timothy Brock, Steven Sostrom, Fred Sequin, Dennis Schweiger, Bill Knudsen, Terre Briggs, Keith Bowermann, Jim Kuhlman, Phillip Collica, Dennis Grimard (nominator), Steve Director (former Dean).

Creativity, Innovation, and Daring (CID) Award / Staff Incentive Award

This award recognizes staff and faculty who take extra steps to advance the Department while fostering College values and building its culture.

2023 (Read the announcement)

Devon Degraffenreed portrait

Devon Degraffenreed
ECE Master’s Program Coordinator

Mikhail Erementchouk portrait

Mikhail Erementchouk 
Research Area Specialist Lead

Jeff Horosko portrait

Jeffrey Horosko  
ECE Purchasing Clerk

Elizabeth Oxford portrait

Elizabeth Oxford
Zeus Outreach Coordinator

Eva Ruff portrait

Eva Ruff
ECE Administrative Assistant Senior

Ann Stals portrait

Ann Stals 
ECE Alumni Engagement and Events Manager

Punam Vyas portrait

Punam Vyas
EECS Course Scheduling Coordinator

2022 (Read the announcement)

Silvia Cardarelli

Silvia Cardarelli
ECE Alumni and Corporate Relations Manager

Gordy Carichner
ECE Engineer in Research Senior

Michelle Chapman
ECE Research Administration Senior Manager

Julia Falkovitch-Khain
Web Designer and Administrator Senior

Robert Gordenker

Robert Gordenker
ECE Engineer in Research Lead

Linda Scovel

Linda Scovel
ECE Faculty Affairs Coordinator

2021 (Read the announcement)

Shelly Feldkamp
ECE Research Administrator

Robert Giles
EECS Senior Computing Consultant

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Catherine Lawrence
ECE Undergraduate Advising Office Coordinator

Kim Novak
ECE Administrative Assistant

Paula Pernia
ECE Facilities Manager

Amy Wicklund
ECE Senior Administrative Assistant

2019 (Read the announcement)

Kathy Austin
ECE Research Manager – 4th floor

John Feldkamp
ECE Student Recruiter

Hayley Hanway
ECE Communications Coordinator

Jennifer Honeycutt
Purchasing Associate Supervisor

Catharine June
Manager, ECE Communications & Marketing

Barbara Rice

Barb Rice
ECE Research Manager – 2nd floor

2018 (Read the announcement)

Lisa Armstrong

Lisa Armstrong
Department Administrator

David DeWeerd

David DeWeerd
Financial Analyst Intermediate

Jacob Hayward

Jacob Hayward
EECS Applications Programmer

Anne Rhoades

Anne Rhoades
ECE HR Generalist

Stacie Printon

Stacie Printon
Senior Assistant to Chair

Kristen Thornton

Kristen Thornton
ECE PhD Graduate Coordinator

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

2019
Circle of Excellence for Book Design (Bronze Award)

Rose Anderson

Rose Anderson
Graphic Designer

2018
Student Alumni Programming (Bronze Award)

Lisa Armstrong

Lisa Armstrong
Department Administrator

Kristin McDonough

Kristin McDonough
Alumni Engagement

Ann Stals

Ann Stals
Alumni Engagement and Events Manager