Carnegie Mellon Engineering




Staff Recognition Awards

In order to honor outstanding staff members, the College of Engineering has established four Staff Recognition Awards. Recipients will receive an engraved award and a cash prize.

The Staff Recognition Awards honor outstanding College of Engineering staff members. Part of the mission of the College of Engineering includes the creation and dissemination of engineering knowledge in a friendly and supportive atmosphere for the benefit and welfare of all people. To this extent, nominees for the awards will be judged on the basis of their performance in advancing the College of Engineering toward these goals.

 

Nomination Guidelines

Eligibility: The awards are open to full- or part-time College of Engineering staff members who have been with the College of Engineering more than two years as of November 1 of the nomination year. Current Staff Awards Committee members are not eligible. Staff members who have received a Staff Recognition Award in the last three years are not eligible. Staff members who are currently eligible for the Rookie Award are not eligible for a Staff Recognition Awards. College of Engineering faculty members, including special faculty, are not eligible.

Please note:

  • Part-time staff members are those who work a sufficient number of hours to receive Carnegie Mellon benefits or who have joint appointments, spending at least 50% of their time working for the College of Engineering
  • Staff who have served in the College of Engineering for six months to two years as of November 1 of the nomination year are recognized separately through the Rookie Award
  • Awards are given to individuals only; nominations for a group will not be considered

 

Awards & Criteria

The basis for each award selection will be determined by meeting most or all of the criteria for each award. The following awards and criteria descriptions are offered as guidelines for nominations:

 

Innovation 

Innovation is a core component of the College of Engineering’s mission and this award recognizes an individual who embodies this spirit of innovation.

Possible criteria include an individual who:

  • Developed an effective solution to a difficult problem in a productive manner or improved a solution’s overall effectiveness through a new method or approach
  • Developed and implemented a plan that benefits the community
  • Generated valuable ideas that have helped to develop new or improved processes, methods, systems, programs, or services for their team, department, or the college

 

Inspirational Leadership 

This award recognizes an individual who inspires others. They influence without authority, often putting the interests of others ahead of their own, and serve as "a champion for staff."

Possible criteria include an individual who:

  • Fosters an atmosphere of collaboration and creativity, which contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of productivity
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities by effectively managing their staff, service, system or work
  • Leads changes or improvements for the benefit of their peers
  • Inspires and motivates others to take advantage of opportunities that enhance their professional or personal lives
  • Empowers others to achieve results in support of their organization or college’s goals

 

Continuous Excellence 

This award recognizes an individual who continuously seeks excellence in practice. They often "take it to the next level."

Possible criteria include an individual who:

  • Displays initiative and excellence in performing core job requirements
  • Demonstrates professional behavior through their willingness to cooperate, work, and communicate with others in the workplace
  • Successfully exceeds the goals of the organization through dedication to their organization and the college

 

Spirit Award 

This award recognizes an individual who has selflessly improved the lives of others either in the College of Engineering or within the greater community.

Possible criteria include an individual who:

  • Demonstrates exceptional service to the college and/or community at large (e.g. voluntary participation in community groups, boards, or charitable organizations)
  • Goes above and beyond in their work in order to help others and does so with a high degree of excellence, professionalism, and integrity; thus, contributing significantly to improving the overall College of Engineering environment and experience

 

Procedures 

Any Carnegie Mellon staff member, faculty member, graduate student, or undergraduate student may submit a nomination. Packets should include the following: 

  • A letter of two pages or less justifying your position that the nominee satisfies the criteria detailed within
  • Letters of reference from at least one but no more than two other Carnegie Mellon staff, faculty, or students; this may include letters from outside the department
  • For any nomination packages that either do not meet the award criteria, or are not in compliance with the procedures listed above, the awards committee may reject the package or ask for a resubmission of the nomination package. Once requested, the nominator (or a designee) will have 48 hours to resubmit or the package will be rejected.