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Drummond and Strange Receive COE's Highest Accolades

Maeve Drummond
Maeve Drummond, recipient of the 2011 College of Engineering Leadership Award
Truda Strange
Truda Strange, recipient of the 2011 College of Engineering Customer Service Award
Two BME staff members have been singled out for honors by the College of Engineering.

Maeve Drummond, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator, received the College of Engineering's Leadership Award for demonstrating initiative, innovation, and providing leadership within the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. She was cited for encouraging and motivating by example, the development of other staff members, and serving as a mentor/resource person. It was also noted that she promotes a welcoming and positive environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Maeve pioneered BME's first study abroad program with the University of Galway in Ireland. As her nomination states, "She simply exudes enormous amounts of inspiring enthusiasm that is incredibly contagious and motivates and organizes the energies of others to reach important goals."

Truda Strange, Undergraduate Academic Advisor, was selected for the Customer Service Award. This award is given annually to an individual who exhibits a consistent pattern of congenial behavior to all contacts and treats others with respect; leads by example - not just verbally; has a positive attitude even under the most difficult of circumstances; anticipates needs and take appropriate action; and developed a creative or innovative method for providing/improving customer service. The letters written in support of her nomination spoke to her compassion toward students and her passion for BME, and how her customer service-oriented attitude has had an immense, positive impact on those around her. As her nominator stated, "Those of us who work with Truda know that she is passionate, spunky, and a hardworking individual with a huge heart."

The Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering is extremely fortunate to have two such exceptional people on our staff, and are thrilled to have them recognized by the College of Engineering.

Portraits by Vincent Walter,