Heather Corcoran and Al Brunk receive MCS staff awards-Dept of Physics - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Heather Corcoran and Al Brunk receive MCS staff awards

On May 3, faculty, staff and administrators gathered in the Mellon Institute to honor MCS staff members for their dedication and service to the Mellon College of Science.  Two Physics department staff members received awards.

Rookie Award: Heather Corcoran

Heather Corcoran, secretary in the Physics Department, received the Rookie Award for “making everything run as smoothly as possible” when the department was short-staffed, even though she was new to the department. Patrick Carr, who presented the award to Corcoran, spoke of her willingness to take on extra assignments until a retiring staff member’s position was filled. He said that Corcoran did it with aplomb and continues to be a valuable asset to the Physics Department.

Outstanding Achievement Awards

The Outstanding Achievement Awards recognize MCS staff members for their substantial achievement and outstanding job performance. This year multiple awards were given out within the college:

Physics: Albert Brunk

Al Brunk is a computer specialist and electronics engineer in the Physics Department, but, according to Gregg Franklin, Brunk is a guardian angel. Brunk maintains more than 200 laptops and workstations in classrooms and offices, and he also repairs various pieces of instrumentation throughout the department, which often requires very clever solutions. “The whole department is very grateful for what he does,” Franklin said.