Kate Baird Wins 2016 CSE Staff Excellence Award

Graduate program coordinator, Kate Baird, poses with Dr. Hal Alper after receiving a 2016 CSE Staff Excellence AwardGraduate program coordinator Kate Baird was selected as a recipient of a 2016 Cockrell School of Engineering Staff Excellence Award. Baird was one of six CSE staff members to receive the award and the only recipient from Texas ChE.

Staff Excellence Awards recognize selected non-teaching personnel who have distinguished themselves and who have contributed significantly to the effectiveness of the teaching, advising, counseling, and research efforts of the Cockrell School. These awards honor dedicated individuals who are recognized by their supervisors and peers as having performed exceptional and meritorious service.

“Kate shines in her attention to detail and dedication, especially in our most important event—the graduate recruiting weekend,” Dr. Hal Alper, professor and graduate advisor, said. “In just a short period of time, Kate has become a critical part of our graduate program.  Her level of dedication has already improved the way in which the program functions, recruits, and tracks progress.”

Baird has worked for the department since January 2013. Before her appointment with Texas ChE, Baird served in a similar role from 2010-2013 at Imperial College (London) in the Medical Research Council, Clinical Sciences Centre, where she was recognized with 2012 Rector’s Award for Excellence in Supporting the Student Experience.

The 2016 Staff Excellence Award is one of many awards Baird has accumulated throughout the past few years, including the 2015 Ruth Crawford Excellence Award and the spring 2015 Staff Spotlight Award.

The award ceremony and reception took place at the POB Avaya Auditorium, May 6 as part of the Cockrell School of Engineering Staff Forum.

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