UMBC celebrates our outstanding community at annual Presidential Faculty and Staff Awards

Published: May 6, 2024

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The 2024 Presidential Faculty and Staff Awardees share a moment during the community celebration. (Photo by Marlayna Demond '11/UMBC)

Members of the UMBC community gathered this week to celebrate members of the faculty and staff who received Presidential Faculty and Staff awards, University System of Maryland awards, and additional distinguished university awards.

Congratulations to this year’s honorees!

Presidential Teaching Professor Award
Amy Froide
Professor and Chair, History

Presidential Research Professor Award
Tülay Adali
Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Presidential Distinguished Staff Award, Professional Staff
Fritzie Charne-Merriwether
Acting Associate Vice President for Student Engagement and Diversity, and Director of Parent and Family Engagement, Division of Student Affairs

Professional Distinguished Staff Award, Non-Exempt Staff
Laura A. Weathers ’80, M.A. ’87
Library Services Supervisor, Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery

USM Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring
Liang Zhu
Professor, Mechanical Engineering

USM Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship or Research
Vandana Janeja
Professor of Information Systems and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, College of Engineering and Information Technology

USM Board of Regents Staff Award for Extraordinary Public Service to the University or Greater Community
Stanyell Odom
Director, Alumni Engagement, Office of Institutional Advancement

USM Board of Regents Staff Award for Effectiveness and Efficiency
Margo Young
Director, Earth and Space Research Administration, Goddard Planetary Heliophysics Institute

Diane M. Lee Teaching Award
Janet R. Gross
Lecturer, English and Academic Engagement and Transition First Year Seminar

Jakubik Family Endowment Award
B. Collier Jones ’16
Campus Portal Architect, Division of Information Technology

Karen L. Wensch Endowment Award for Outstanding Non-Exempt Staff
Donique J. Lewis
Executive Administrative Assistant II, College of Engineering and Information Technology

Marilyn E. Demorest Award for Faculty Advancement
Lee Blaney
Professor, Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering

Marilyn E. Demorest Award for Faculty Advancement
L.D. Timmie Topoleski
Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Teresa Lupinek Endowment Award
Sundiata Jangha, M.P.P. ’18
Director of Pipeline Programs, Upward Bound Mathematics and Science Center, Graduate School, Office of Academic Opportunity Programs

UMBC Research Faculty Excellence Award
Roberto A. Fernandez Borda
Senior Research Engineer, Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology

Learn more about the Presidential Faculty and Staff Awards.

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