Burritt Education Award

The Burritt Education Award is given to honor the memory of Timothy J. Burritt and his dedication to education. Tim Burritt, former undergraduate advisor for the College of Engineering, worked diligently at completing his bachelor's degree at Duquesne University while excelling at his work duties. Tim's accomplishments and pride in the College of Engineering are remembered through the Burritt Education Award

Please note that applications for the Burritt Education Award are reviewed separately from nominations for the College of Engineering Staff Recognition Awards and the Rookie Award. Eligible staff members may apply for or be nominated for the Burritt Education Award and be nominated for Staff Recognition Awards or the Rookie Award in the same year.


  • Maintains balance of work and school
  • Shows perseverance in quest for education
  • Enthusiastic about the value of continuing education


Any College of Engineering staff member who is enrolled as a continuing education student at any degree level and at any institution during the current calendar year is eligible, including recent graduates.

The following are not eligible:

  • Current Staff Awards Committee members
  • College of Engineering faculty members, including special faculty
  • Group nominations; the award is given to individuals only

Nomination requirements

The application for the Burritt Education Award can be self-initiated or submitted by a College of Engineering staff or faculty member. 

The following materials must be submitted by the nomination deadline:

  • A one-page essay describing why you are pursuing continuing education or why the candidate meets the criteria
  • One letter of reference not exceeding two pages from another Carnegie Mellon staff, faculty, or student; this may include letters from outside the department and can be submitted by an individual or group to support the nomination.
  • Either the nomination or the letter of reference must come from the nominee’s supervisor(s).