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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

2018

  • George Chen, Master of Science in Information Systems
  • Jonathan Diehl, Master of Science in Information Technology
  • Heather Haseley, Bachelor of Philosophy
  • Da-Jun Robert Jin, Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Michael Korby, Master of Science in Information Systems
  • Damir Krstic, Master of Science in Information Systems
  • Peter Sandstedt, Master of Science in Communication

Professional Certifications

2021

  • 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

2018

  • Jay Bagley, JAMF Certified Server Admin
  • Darryl Baker, Global Information Assurance, GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)
  • Nate Bartlett, Fixing a Group Photo in Photoshop (Lynda.com)
  • Jake Collins, Apigee Trained API Engineer
  • Jenni Hartman, AWS Solutions Architect Certification
  • Javier Huerta
    • Crestron Fusion Programmer Certification
    • Biamp TesiraForte Certification
  • Shabareen Khan, Emerging Leaders Program, Association of Northwestern University Women
  • Julian Koh, BTAA MOR Leadership Training
  • Steve Kwak , BTAA MOR Leadership Training
  • Andrew Ludington , BTAA MOR Leadership Training
  • Christina Maimone , BTAA MOR Leadership Training
  • Bryan Nguyen, ITIL Foundation certification
  • Christopher Puente,  Networking DM-NVX-N Certification Program
  • Jerry Rozmus, Cisco Certified Network Associate, TNS
  • Javier Solis, Certified Fiber Optic Technician, Fiber Optic Association (FOA)
  • Ling Su, AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional
  • Jabari Thomas , Slunk Power User & CompTIA Security+
  • Alexander Truong, AWS Solutions Architect Certification
  • Rodolfo Vieira
    • Google Professional Cloud Architect
    • Apigee Trained API Engineer
  • Carrie Willis, Emerging Leaders Program, Association of Northwestern University Women

Conference Presentations

2021

  • 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

2018

  • Matthew Aron , Alyssa Dyar , Heather Haseley , “Throwing Spaghetti at the Wall: (Figuring Out) Your Institution’s Appetite for Innovation,” Online Learning Consortium Innovate
  • Jake Collins, “Secure Single Page LTI Applications with VueJS and AWS,” InstructureCon
  • Alyssa Dyer, Reggie Jackson, "Learning Engineers: A Holistic Approach to Online Program Development,” Distance Teaching & Learning Conference
  • Christopher Fowler , Peter Scott , “Form Driven Workflows,” Case Study Presentation, Hyland Higher Ed
  • Erin Green, Patricia Goldweic, Jonathan Diehl, “Yes, Dave, I CAN Do That: Building a Canvas Support Chatbot,” InstructureCon
  • Alper Kinaci, Janna Nugent, “Scaling the Services of Research Computing Teams,” Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC)
  • Peggy McCready, “Finding the Right Balance Between Centralized and Distributed IT Support,” Breakout Session, RTM Higher Education CIO Congress
  • Jackie Milhans, “Models and Practices for Building Diverse Research Computing Teams, Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing," Workshop, Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC)
  • Janna Nugent, “A Shared Tenant Cluster for Genomics Research,” Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing (PEARC)
  • RuthAnn Ostrowski, 2018 ANUW Mentoring Program's 6th Anniversary and Summer Celebration, Guest Speaker
  • Rodolfo Vieira, “NUstart Safety and Training platform," Student Shop Manager Consortium Conference, Tulane University
  • John Walsh, "Network Connectivity to Cloud Providers," Workshop, Internet 2 and University of Michigan

  • Brett Barnes, “Improving and Automating the Reconciliation Process Using Macros,” Breakout Session, Northwestern University Best Practices Forum
  • Stephen Brawn
    • “Oracle Campus Solutions Road Map and Success Stories,” Keynote, Higher Education User Group, Alliance
    • “Fluid Class Search and Enrollment Implementation using Elasticsearch,” Case Study Elasticsearch Panel Discussion, Higher Education User Group, Alliance
  • Sanish John, “Quality Data In, Quality Analysis Out,” 2018 Higher Education Data Warehousing Conference
  • Derek Kozlowski, “Integrating Applications with InfoEd,” User Session, InfoEd Annual User Group Meeting
  • Maureen Knight-Burrell , "9.2 Upgrades," Panel Discussion, Higher Education User Group, Alliance
  • Rodolfo Vieira
    • “Creating a Data-Driven Office: Using Metrics to Re-engineer Sponsored Award Processing,” Breakout Session, Northwestern University Best Practices Forum
    • “Creating a Data-Driven Office: Using Metrics to Re-engineer Sponsored Award Processing,” Northwestern University Best Practices Forum
  • Jeff Wilson, “Using AWE to Automate Student Withdrawal at Northwestern University,” Higher Education User Group, Alliance

Scholarly Work, Articles, and Media Contributions

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

2020

  • 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

2018

  • Harlan Wallach, “Use of A Virtual Journal Club to Promote Cross-Cultural Learning,” Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, Co-Authors: Francesca Duncan, Dana Kimelman, Raquel Romar, Joaquín Gadea, Teresa K Woodruff, Harlan D Wallach

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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Last Updated: 16 August 2021

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