Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Celebrating the 2013 CIT Staff Awards
Wendy Fong, 2013 Innovation Award Winner
Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering hosted the 2013 CIT Staff Recognition Awards as the polar vortex descended on Pittsburgh January 7, making the warm atmosphere of the ceremony that much more welcome. Over lunch (and breakfast in Silicon Valley), Dean James Garrett honored staff members who were nominated by colleagues, students and alumni for special recognition.
Wendy Fong, senior strategic programs manager for the Silicon Valley campus, received the Innovation Award, one of four new staff awards given this year. The criteria mentioned individuals who developed a solution to a difficult existing problem effectively and productively or improved overall effectiveness through a new method or approach; who developed and implemented plans for the good of the community; and who generated novel and valuable ideas and used these ideas to develop new or improved processes, methods, systems, programs or services for their team, department of the college.
Martin Griss and Gerry Elizondo, who coordinated the nomination for Fong, said she exemplifies all of those qualities in her work with corporate partners, bicoastal MSIT students from INI and Silicon Valley staff and faculty.
The ceremony also included presentation of service awards, with four Silicon Valley employees celebrating five years of service:
- Gerry Elizondo, Director of Student Affairs
- Abe Ishihara, Research Faculty
- Stacy Marshall, Events and Recruitment Assistant
- Jennifer Wolfeld, English Language Specialist
The bicoastal celebration was coordinated by the Staff Awards Committee; Assistant Business Manager Ngoc Ho represented the Silicon Valley campus.