Dr. Marilyn Berman Pollans Outstanding Service Award for Staff
This award is given to a Clark School of Engineering staff member whose service to his or her department, to the school, and to the university has been judged outstanding.
Mechanical Engineering Associate Director for Graduate Studies Kerri Poppler James has been recognized with the 2016 Dr. Marilyn Berman Pollans Outstanding Service Award for Staff. This award is given every year within the A. James Clark School of Engineering to recognize one staff member “whose service to his or her department, to the school, and the university has been judged outstanding.” This award was based on letters of recommendation provided by faculty, staff and students across the college.
James started her career at the University of Maryland (UMD) in 2005. As Associate Director for Graduate Studies, she is integral to the success of Mechanical Engineering's graduate program and the department as a whole.
The selection committee highlighted her positive attitude as essential to her success in various roles within the Clark School, and they noted “her letters of recommendation spanned multiple units, past and present, where she left an indelible mark.” Her impressive recruitment initiatives have led to an increased number of applicants from B1G Ten institutions, along with a 50% increase in graduate applicants for Mechanical Engineering.