College of Engineering Gives 2015 Awards for Excellence
The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University gave three outstanding staff members Awards for Excellence at a ceremony held April 29 at the Monteith Research Center on NC State’s Centennial Campus. Executive Associate Dean of Engineering Dr. John Gilligan presented the awards.
The 2015 Awards for Excellence went to Subha Rekha Balasubramanyam with the Joint NC State/UNC Department of Biomedical Engineering, Carlos Benavente (pictured at right) with the Department of Computer Science, and Annie Erwin with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
The winners received eight hours of paid time off, a $250 check and a plaque. Winners were made eligible for the university-wide Awards for Excellence.
Other nominees for the awards are listed below.
⋅ Ganga Atukorala, Department of Nuclear Engineering
⋅ Kathleen Berding, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
⋅ Brian Lips, North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center
⋅ Tenille Naumann, Department of Computer Science
⋅ Roger Russell, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
⋅ Barbara Smith, Office of Faculty Advancement
⋅ Hakan Sungur, Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
⋅ Chuanzhen “Elaine” Zhou, Analytical Instrumentation Facility
About the winners
Rekha Balasubramanyam is the administrative manager in the Joint NC State/UNC Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and has numerous administrative responsibilities for the UNC system’s only joint department. BME’s classes, research projects and service activities are necessarily dispersed over multiple schools, colleges and funding entities. This decentralization of people, places and protocols requires excellent coordination. Rekha’s vision, flexibility and conscientiousness are key to the smooth operation of such a complicated department structure
Carlos Benavente is the information technology (IT) manager in the Department of Computer Science. He has provided outstanding service in several areas, including maintaining and upgrading the department’s website, managing three teaching labs in Daniels Hall and providing IT needs and more for special projects such as his key involvement in the design and implementation of a research cyber-monitoring facility for a multimillion dollar unclassified Department of Defense research project.
Annie Erwin is the graduate services coordinator in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She is extremely efficient and expedient in dealing with requests from students and faculty. Annie especially stands out for the thoughtful interest she shows in students who come to her on a daily basis. One example illustrates her commitment to them. Last semester she amassed an inordinate amount of time outside her office hours helping locate a student who had gone missing. For several weeks, she interacted with local police, roommates and fellow students and with family members residing outside the country until the student was found.
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