The 2017 Hardy M. Bourland Staff Awards for Distinguished Service have been given to two staff members in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University.
This year’s honorees are Marilee Dizon, department coordinator for the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK), and Caroline A. Griffin, the research administrator for the Center for Multimedia Communications (CMC) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).
Dizon joined the staff of the OEDK in 2013 as an administrative coordinator and was promoted the following year to department coordinator. In their nominating letter, Maria Oden and Amy Kavalewitz, director and associate director of the OEDK, respectively, wrote:
“We have rarely come across a person who is so attentive to the minutest detail. She never hesitates to take on new challenges or difficult tasks, and makes sure that these projects are successfully completed. She is able to work under pressure and has always managed to solve stressful situations. As the OEDK has grown, we have added a few new positions. Marilee has taken these new staff members under her wing, trained them and eased their transition.”
Among Griffin’s responsibilities are pre- and post-award grant administration, event coordination, new staff training, website maintenance, travel booking and conference room management. She joined the ECE staff in 2014. In his nominating letter, Joseph Cavallaro, professor of ECE and director of CDC, wrote:
“Caroline is very organized and precise. The whiteboard in her office lists all the active deadlines for reports and proposals for all the faculty she supports. This year, the ECE Department had several vacancies and Caroline stepped up to support additional faculty in the department and train new administrators in all the subtleties of Fastlane, Grants.gov, Cayuse and the interfaces with the sponsored research and research accounting offices.”
The award is named for Hardy M. Bourland, who served as associate dean of engineering from 1975 until his retirement in 2000. Since 2001, the award has gone to members of the School of Engineering staff whose contributions significantly improve his or her department, the school of engineering or the University as a whole.
The winners were announced April 28 at the 2017 Science and Engineering Ice Cream Social. Each recipient received a plaque and $500.