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Staff Recognition

Both Northwestern IT and Northwestern University have recognition programs designed to honor, show appreciation, and recognize staff for years of service and staff service excellence that go above and beyond in support of the University's goals.

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Awards and Recognition

Northwestern IT Staff Recognition Awards

Project Team Excellence Award

Northwestern IT offers a quarterly and annual Project Team Excellence Award to recognize project teams that have been highly successful in implementing a significant project.

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Employee Excellence Award

Northwestern IT's Employee Excellence Award annually recognizes an individual staff member within our organization who has made remarkable contributions during the past calendar year and consistently demonstrated a superior level of performance.

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Northwestern University Recognition Programs

Northwestern University Employee Awards

Northwestern University has recognition programs designed to honor, show appreciation, and recognize staff for years of service and staff service excellence that go above and beyond in support of the University's goals.

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Staff Achievements

Degrees

2023

  • Kevin Luu, Master of Science in Information Systems, Northwestern University
  • Mateusz Ryczek, Master of Science in Information Systems, Northwestern University

2022

  • Barry Chiu, Master of Science in Data Science, Northwestern University
  • Casey Colby, Master of Science in Data Science, Northwestern University

2021

  • Eric Lat, Master of Science in Data Science, Northwestern University

Professional Certifications

2024

  • Noah Henson, CrowdStrike Certified Falcon Administrator
  • Ali Calikoglu, CrowdStrike Certified Falcon Administrator

2023

  • Stanley Nwanguma, Northwestern Cybersecurity Boot Camp
  • Priya Krishnamurthy, Salesforce Certified Administrator (SCA)
  • Karl Kooistra, Salesforce Certified Administrator (SCA)
  • Susan Held, Salesforce Certified Administrator (SCA)
  • Bethany Tacoma, Salesforce Certified Administrator (SCA)
  • Christopher Fowler, Salesforce Certified Administrator (SCA)
  • Kathleen Dell, Salesforce Certified Marketing Cloud Administrator
  • Astrid Apopa, OnBase Certified System Administrator (OCSA)
  • Abby Rosensweig, Information Accessibility Design and Policy Certificate, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • JS Anderson, Northwestern Kellogg Design Thinking: A Toolkit for Breakthrough Innovation

2022

  • Ivette Torres, Northwestern UX/UI Bootcamp Certification
  • Nowell Arnold, CrowdStrike Certified Falcon Hunter
  • Nowell Arnold, CrowdStrike Certified Falcon Responder
  • Nowell Arnold, CrowdStrike Certified Falcon Administrator
  • Christine Hardt, ISC2, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

2021

  • Jaroslav J Hakl, CompTIA: A+ and Network (Renewal)
  • Ilhan Trnovac, AWS Solutions Architect Associate
  • Nate Bartlett, Federal Aviation Administration Part 107 Small Uas Recurrent
  • Ashish Agrawal, Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
  • Perla Ledesma, Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
  • Sean (Inhyun) Cho, Oracle Database SQL Certified Associate 
  • Ashish Agrawal, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
  • Dwi Damia, Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification 

2020

  • Steven Dal Santo, Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification 
  • Rachel Goc, Northwestern Advanced Graduate Certificate, Learning Design  
  • Aline Munyansanga, ITIL Foundation Certification 
  • Gail Renfrow, Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
  • Aditi Singru, Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
  • Ivette Torres, ITIL Foundation Certification in IT Service Management

2019

  • JS Anderson, Creston, CTI-P101 Foundations of Crestron Programming
  • Armi Cachila, Northwestern Data Science Bootcamp Certification
  • Dwi Suri Damia, Northwestern Women's Emerging Leaders Program
  • Michael Korby
    • Northwestern Leadership Fundamentals Program: Lead 4 Success
    • Northwestern Manager Foundations
  • Christopher Puente, Northwestern Manager Foundations
  • Gail Renfrow, Northwestern Women's Emerging Leaders Program

  • JS Anderson
    • Crestron, How to Integrate and Maintain Crestron Systems
    • Crestron, DigitalMedia Networking Certification (DM-NVX-N)
  • Dorie Omondi Aufmann, Apple Certified Support Professional Certificate
  • Sarah Cross, Level One Coaching Certification, Northwestern University Executive Learning and Organizational Change
  • Christine Ganjani, Northwestern Leadership Fundamentals Program: Lead 4 Success
  • Alan Garbarino, Northwestern Data Science Bootcamp Certification
  • Shabareen Khan, Northwestern Data Science Bootcamp Certification
  • Karl Kooistra, Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  • Deirdre Lee, Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
  • Charles Rita, Apple Certified Support Professional Certificate
  • Allan Sun, Northwestern Data Science Bootcamp Certification
  • Mylowe Wooley, Crestron, How to Integrate and Maintain Crestron Systems

  • Steve Christensen, Northwestern University Staff Leadership Program: Leading Change
  • Charles DiCarlo, Northwestern University Staff Leadership Program: Leading Change
  • Dush Fernando, Northwestern University Staff Leadership Program: Leading Change
  • Natalie Gillespie, ITIL Foundation Certification
  • Christine Glass, AWS Certified Developer—Associate Level
  • Jaroslav Hakl
    • CompTIA A+ Essentials CE
    • CompTIA Network+ CE
  • Jenni Hartman, ITIL Foundation Certification
  • Jason Miller, Certified ScrumMaster, Scrum Alliance
  • Joseph Paris, ITIL Foundation Certification
  • Ramapriya Ramasubramanian, Northwestern University Staff Leadership Program: Leading Change
  • Matthew Rich, ITIL Foundation Certification
  • Raul Rivera, Crestron NVX Design and Application (DM-NVX) Certification
  • Bob Stabile, 6.5 VMWare Certified Professional
  • Ken Turner, Northwestern University Staff Leadership Program: Leading Change
  • Frank Wayne, Splunk Enterprise Certified Architect
  • Matt Hess, AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
  • Rey Serantes, AWS Certified Developer – Associate

Conference Presentations

2024

  • Jackie Milhans, R. Knepper, and P. Smith, Panel Call, "Financial Models and Funding Streams for Research IT," Campus Research Computing Consortium Strategy and Policy Facing January 2024 Call

2023

  • B. Maddox and Jackie Milhans, Panel Call, "Rapid Expansions in Research Computing and Data Support," Campus Research Computing Consortium Strategy and Policy Facing December 2023 Call
  • Jackie Milhans, Presentation - Rising Star Award Invited Talk, "Transforming the Workplace with 10 Key Practices," EDUCAUSE 2023
  • K. Lepping and Jackie Milhans, Poster Presentation, "Experiences Building Engaged and Effective Teams," EDUCAUSE 2023
  • S. Chadalapaka, C. Hillegas, and Jackie Milhans, Presentation, "The ABCs of Research Computing," EDUCAUSE 2023
  • Jackie Milhans, S. Ivey, and C. Mizumoto, Workshop, "Grow Your Research Computing and Data Program," EDUCAUSE 2023
  • Ritika Giri, Presentation, "From Black Box to Rainbow: Reproducible Integration and Automation for Flow-Cytometry Data Analysis," Future Leaders Summit on Responsible Data Science and AI, Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS), April 2023
  • Alper Kinaci and Scott Coughlin, Presentation, "Northwestern Research Computing Services Student Program," CaRCC Student Workforce Development Call
  • Miguel Lerma and Mirtha Lucas, Presentation, "Pre or Post-Softmax Scores in Gradient-Based Attribution Methods, What is Best?," 2023 IEEE 13th International Conference on Pattern Recognition Systems (ICPRS), Guayaquil, Ecuador

2022

  • Mike Corn, Carolyn Ellis, Jackie Milhans, and C. Mizumoto, Panel Presentation, "Bridging the Research and Compliance Communities," EDUCAUSE Cybersecurity and Privacy Professionals Conference, Baltimore, MD, May 2022
  • Alper Kinaci, Presentation, "Selling a Student Cyberinfrastructure Professional (CIP) Program Through Your Strategic Framework," PEARC22
  • Victoria Getis, Stephanie Knezz, and Aaron Petersen, Presentation, "How to Switch Between Online and In-Person Grading," EDUCAUSE Webinar, February 2022
  • Victoria Getis (co-host), Presentation, "Showcase Coffee Shop on the Digital Versus Brick-and-Mortar Balancing Game," EDUCAUSE, May 2022
  • Dan Hoefler and Rachel Goc, Presentation, "Nudging Northwestern to a Next Normal," ELI Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, June 2022
  • Miguel Lerma (with other presenters), Presentation, "Visual Explanations from Deep Networks via Riemann-Stieltjes Integrated Gradient-Based Localization," 17th International Symposium on Visual Computing, October 2022
  • Mirtha Lucas, Miguel Lerma, Jacob Furst, and Daniela Raicu, Workshop, "Explainable Model for Localization of Spiculation in Lung Nodules," Workshop on AI-Enabled Medical Image Analysis (AIMIA): Digital Pathology and Radiology/COVID19, Held Jointly with the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) 2022, Tel-Aviv, Israel, October 23-27, 2022

2021

  • Alper Kinaci, "Facilitating Cloud Computing," Virtual Residency 2021
  • Alper Kinaci, "Cloud Facilitation in Research Computing and Data," PEARC21
  • Christina Maimone, Panel, "Academic Data Science Alliance and US-RSE Early Career Advice," April 2021
  • Christina Maimone and Celia O'Brien, Presentation, "Utilizing Automated Analysis of Narrative Feedback in a Competency-Based Curriculum to Assess a Student's Readiness to Progress," American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, April 2021
  • Christina Maimone, Panel, "Teams of CI Professionals: Recruitment and Retention, Management, Team-Building, and Motivation," Virtual Residency Workshop for Research Computing and Data 2021
  • Christina Maimone (with other presenters), Birds of a Feather Session, "Quantifying the Research Computing and Data Professional Community for Attracting, Retaining, and Diversifying RCD Professionals," PEARC21
  • Colby Witherup Wood, Panel, "Building Teams with Graduate Student Research Facilitators," CaRCC Researcher-Facing Network
  • Christina Maimone, Panel, "Research Software Engineer Careers - State of the Profession, Opportunities, and Challenges in Academia," PEARC21
  • Colby Witherup Wood and Christina Maimone, Tutorial, "Build a Quick, Effective Coding Tutorial," PEARC21
  • Maureen Knight-Burrell, Presentation, "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion During the Pandemic," Alliance Virtual 2021
  • Samatha Bodanapu (primary presenter) and Amena Ahmed (co-presenter), Deep Dive Session Presentation, "Student Acknowledgement Form for Northwestern University's COVID Code of Conduct," Alliance Virtual 2021
  • Christina Maimone, Presentation, “Building Software Development Services and Training for Researchers,” SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE21)
  • Christina Maimone (with other presenters), Presentation, “The US-RSE Association: A Community-Driven National Organization of Research Software Engineers,” SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE21)

2020

  • Victoria Getis and Chris Diaz, Presentation, “AIR: Affordable Instructional Resources,” Best Practices Forum 2020
  • Reggie Jackson and Anna Luce (with Reba-Anna Lee from SPS), Presentation, “Into Action: Transitioning Faculty from Teaching Remotely to Online Learning​,” OLC Innovate 2020
  • Alper Kinaci, Panel, “Student Workers,” CaRCC Multi-Track Community Call
  • Alper Kinaci, Panel, “Teams of CI Professionals,” Virtual Residency 2020
  • Alper Kinaci and Alex Mamach, Presentation, “Benchmark Informed Software Upgrades on Quest, Northwestern’s HPC Cluster,” PEARC20
  • Christina Maimone, Workshop, “Supporting Computational and Data-Intensive Research through Research Computing and Library Collaboration,” PEARC20
  • Christina Maimone, Workshop, “Research Software Engineers Community Workshop,” PEARC20
  • Christina Maimone, Panel, “Hiring and Interviewing for RSE Positions,” US Research Software Engineer Association
  • Christina Maimone, Presentation, “Supporting Social Science Research with Custom Databases and Web Applications,” Research Software Engineers Community Workshop
  • Christina Maimone, Presentation, “Northwestern Research Software Engineering Support,” US Research Software Engineer Association Virtual Workshop
  • Christina Maimone, Panel, “Teaching Data Skills Remotely,” CaRCC Data-Facing Community Call
  • Jackie Milhans, Simulive, “Managing Research Data on the Campus and in the Cloud,” EDUCAUSE 2020
  • Jackie Milhans, Breakout Session, “Designing Inclusive Culture: Modeling Behaviors in a Balanced Org,” EDUCAUSE 2020
  • Jackie Milhans and Matthew Rich, Presentation, “Managing Research Data on Campus and in the Cloud,” EDUCAUSE 2020
  • Julian Y. Koh, Presentation, "Ding, Dong, the Switch is Dead: Reliving Close to a Decade of a Unified Communication Migration," EDUCAUSE 2020 Communication Infrastructure and Applications Community Group

2019

  • Jake Collins, Poster Session, “Discussion Hero: Saving Students From Boring Discussions,” EDUCAUSE 2019
  • Alyssa Dyar and Reggie Jackson, Presentation, “Learning Engineers: A Holistic Approach to Online Program Development,” OLC Accelerate 2019
  • Victoria Getis, Interactive Presentation, “Riding the Wave of DEI: On the Crest or in a Trough?,” EDUCAUSE 2019
  • Patricia Goldweic, Erin Green, and Jonathan Diehl, Poster Session, “Enhancing Support with AI: Building a Canvas Chatbot,” EDUCAUSE 2019
  • Derek Kozlowski
    • Presentation, “Teamwork and Paperwork: Collecting and Managing Post-Submission Change Requests,” SRA International
    • User Session, “Leveraging Dynamic Modules and Client Practical Use,” InfoEd User Group Meeting
    • User Session, “InfoEd Styling and Customizations,” InfoEd User Group Meeting
    • User Session, “Grants Approvals Interface with Compliance Protocols,” InfoEd User Group Meeting
  • Linnea Latimer, Aditi Singru, and Armi Cachila, Concurrent Session, “Women in IT Leading Change Through Disruption,” 2019 Women Advance IT Leadership Conference at the University of Nebraska
  • Christina Maimone and Jackie Milhans, Pre-Conference Workshop, “Team Building for Improved Productivity and Innovation,” EDUCAUSE 2019
  • Christina Maimone, Poster, “Supporting Research Software and Research Software Engineers,” EDUCAUSE 2019
  • Annie Speicher, Cecile-Anne Sison (Weinberg IT), Jonathan Diehl, and Allison Porterfield, Concurrent Session, “Breaking Barriers: Starting Where You Are in Higher Education,” 2019 Women Advance IT Leadership Conference at the University of Nebraska

  • Samatha Bodanapu
    • Conference Session, “Twenty Years of Migration Scripts Made Better with Application Data Sets,” Alliance 2019, Higher Education User Group
    • Conference Session, “Twenty Years of Migration Scripts Made Better with Application Data Sets,” PeopleSoft Reconnect 2019
  • Phil Burns, Twitter Presentation, “Early Print Library,” Humanities Commons Twitter Conference
  • Dush Fernando and Deirdre Lee, Conference Session, “IT Support Integration: Custom Solutions at Scale,” Northwestern 2019 Best Practices Forum
  • Jenni Hartman and Ken Turner, Birds of a Feather, “Management, Movement, and Lifecycle of High-Volume Research Data,” PEARC19
  • Christina Maimone
    • Presentation, “Data Science Support for Social Science Researchers,” CNI
    • Panel, “Data Science Support for Researchers,” PEARC19
    • Paper Presentation, “Good Enough Project Management Practices for Researcher Support Projects,” PEARC19
  • Jackie Milhans,
    • Birds of a Feather, “What the Heck is a Microaggression?” PEARC19
    • Webinar, “Mentorship Panel: Work-Life Balance and Starting a Family for Early Career Professionals,” Women in HPC
  • Aditi Singru, Conference Session, “Reliable Academic Unit Data at Your Fingertips,” Northwestern 2019 Best Practices Forum
  • April Zhang, Presentation, Case Study on Web Service Log Management, PeopleSoft Reconnect 2019

  • Jennifer Bivens, Conference Session, “What to Expect in a Fluid Class Search and Enrollment Implementation,” Alliance 2019, Higher Education User Group
  • Chris Fowler, Kristin Lewis, Will Vega, “Integrating Systems with OnBase Using Web Services Publishing,” Hyland's Community Live Conference
  • Reggie Jackson, “7 Ways to Improve Your Online Synchronous Sessions,” OCL Accelerate
  • Christina Maimone, Workshop, “Creating Interactive Visualizations with R Shiny,” International Conference on Computational Social Science
  • Mary McLaughlin, Presentation, “A View from the Enterprise,” Verizon Technology Users Forum XIII
  • Jackie Milhans
    • Presentation, “Hiring and Building Diverse Teams for Increased Innovation and Productivity,” Women in High-Performance Computing, Purdue
    • Webinar, “Small Change is Big Change: A Women in IT and IT Service Management Community Group Webinar,” EDUCAUSE
    • Presentation, “Creating a More Inclusive Higher Ed Community,” EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
    • Presentation, “Young Professionals and Emerging Leaders: Paths to Leadership,” EDUCAUSE Annual Conference
  • Janna Nugent, Presentation, “Compassionate IT Support for DNA Researchers,” Women Advance IT
  • Scott Pitts, Presentation, “Optimizing Institutional Intelligence at Northwestern University,” EDUCAUSE Annual Conference

Scholarly Work, Articles, and Media Contributions

2023

  • Aaron Geller, November 2023, Artist illustration for press release titled "Teenage Galaxies’ Are Unusually Hot, Glowing with Unexpected Elements," Northwestern Now (and other online news outlets)
  • Tobin Magle, November 2023, Chapter co-author in Urban Biodiversity and Equity: Justice-Centered Conservation in Cities
  • Aaron Geller, Octoberr 2023, Artist illustration for press release titled "Bursts of Star Formation Explain Mysterious Brightness at Cosmic Dawn," Northwestern Now (and other online news outlets)
  • Christina Maimone (Bennett Goldberg, Derek Bruff, Robin Greenler, Katherine Barnicle, Noah Green, Lauren Campbell, et al.), October 2023, "Preparing Future STEM Faculty Through Flexible Teaching Professional Development," PLOS ONE 18(10)
  • Christina Maimone, et al., July 2023, "Compensation of Academic Research Computing and Data Professionals," PEARC23 Conference Proceedings
  • Aaron Geller, June 2023, Artist illustration for press release titled "Unveiling the Origins of Merging Black Holes in Galaxies Like Our Own," Northwestern Now (and other online news outlets)
  • Christina Maimone, BM Dolan, MM Green, SM Sanguino, PM Garcia, and CL O’Brien, May 2023, Utilizing Natural Language Processing of Narrative Feedback to Develop a Predictive Model of Pre-Clerkship Performance: Lessons Learned," Perspectives on Medical Education, 12(1)
  • Amy E Krefman, Farhad Ghamsari, Daniel R Turner, Alice Lu, Martin Borsje, Colby Witherup Wood, Lucia C Petito, Fernanda C G Polubriaginof, Daniel Schneider, Faraz Ahmad, and Norrina B Allen, May 2023, Using Electronic Health Record Data to Link Families: An Illustrative Example Using Intergenerational Patterns of Obesity," Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Volume 30, Issue 5, Pages 915–922
  • Alex Gurvich and Aaron Geller, April 2023, Firefly: A Browser-Based Interactive 3D Data Visualization Tool for Millions of Data Points,” The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Volume 265, Issue 2, DOI: 10.3847/1538-4365/acb59

2022

  • J. Hammerberg, R. Ravelo, Jackie Milhans, and T. Germann, December 2022, "Large-Scale Atomistic Studies of Sliding Friction in Polycrystalline Aluminum Interface," Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 131 (received journal cover)
  • Aaron Geller, December 2022, Artist illustration for press release titled "Surprise Kilonova Upends Established Understanding of Long Gamma-Ray Bursts," Northwestern Now (and other online news outlets)
  • Miguel Lerma and Mirtha Lucas, September 2022, Grad-CAM++ is Equivalent to Grad-CAM with Positive Gradients,” In proceedings of the 24th Irish Machine Vision and Image Processing Conference, Pages 113–120

2021

  • Susanna Calkins, Jonathan Diehl, Victoria Getis, Michelle Guittar, Reba-Anna Lee, and James Stachowiak, May 2021, Transparent by Design: Collaborating to Build a Reflective Faculty Development Program to Enhance Online Teaching,” The Journal of Faculty Development, Volume 35, No. 2, 78-86
  • Jeff Wiedemann with Ken Walczak, Grace Crim, Thane Gesite, Salome Habtemichael, Jack Morgan, Cynthia Tarr, and Laris Turkic, May 10, 2021, The GONet (Ground Observing Network) Camera: An Inexpensive Light Pollution Monitoring System, International Journal of Sustainable Lighting, Vol. 23 No. 1
  • Mark Reynolds, Kon Skovorodin, John Buysse, Jim Monek, Ellen Rayz, Julian Koh, Kevin Passarelli, Jill Richmond, August 2021, Voice and Unified Communication Architecture and Best Practices,” EDUCAUSE/Internet2 (Joint Publication)
  • Susanna Calkins, Jonathan Diehl, Victoria Getis, Michelle Guittar, Reba-Anna Lee, and James Stachowiak, September 2021, "Transparent by Design: Collaborating to Build a Reflective Faculty Development Program to Enhance Online Teaching," Journal of Faculty Development
  • Christina Maimone (with the US-RSE Steering Committee), October 2021, US-RSE: Supporting the Research Software Engineer,” SIAM News

2020

  • Barry Chiu, Sara Barber, Austin Halliday, and Cory Hearnsberger, September 2020, " Moving Online: EDUCAUSE Institute Management Program and Being Agile," EDUCAUSE Review
  • Patricia Goldweic, Erin Green, and Jonathan Diehl, March 2020, Enhancing Customer Support with AI: Building a Canvas Chatbot In House,” 2020 Educause Horizon Report: Teaching and Learning Edition
  • Alper Kinaci et al., May 2020, Acetonitrile Confined in Carbon Nanotubes, Part I: Structure, Dynamic and Transport Properties,” Journal of Molecular Liquids, Volume 311, Article 113053
  • Alper Kinaci et al., February 2020, Dielectric Properties of Acetonitrile Confined in Carbon Nanotubes,” Chemical Physics, Volume 530, Article 110598

2019

  • Jackie Milhans, September 2019, Networking as a Young Female Professional,” EDUCAUSE Review, Professional Development Commons
  • Julian Koh, Luck and Why It Matters,” MOR Associates Leadership Insights, www.morassociates.com/insight/jim-bruce/luck
  • Janna Nugent et al., April 2019, Deep Learning for Cancer Type Classification,” bioRxiv
  • Alper Kinaci, “Operando Observations and First‐Principles Calculations of Reduced Lithium Insertion in Au‐Coated LiMn2O4,” Advanced Materials Interfaces, Volume 6 (Cover Article)
  • Jackie Milhans, Podcast, “Jackie Milhans and Chicago Seafood,” Higher Ed Social

University Recognition

2019

  • Lori Blum,  Northwestern Service Excellence Award
  • Michael Curtis, Northwestern Service Excellence Award
  • Doug Dickerson, Northwestern Student Affairs Campus Partner Award Nominee
  • Chris Fabri, Northwestern Student Affairs Campus Partner Award Nominee
  • Deirdre Lee, Northwestern Service Excellence Award
  • Martin Milligan, Northwestern Service Excellence Award
  • Deepa Peddamail, Northwestern Service Excellence Award

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