Meet Our 2016 Recipient

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.

Past Recipients

  • 2015: Nicole Hollywood, Assistant Director, Fire Protection Engineering
  • 2014: Bryan Quinn, Director, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 2013: Tracy Chung, Director of Academic and Student Affairs, Fischell Department of Bioengineering
  • 2012: Heidi Sauber, Engineering Co-Op and Career Services
  • 2011: Kathy Lopresti, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • 2010: Sharon Hodgson, Fire Protection Engineering
  • 2009: Teresa Moore, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 2008: Debra Densmore, Engineering Co-op and Career Services Office
  • 2007: George Syrmos, Office of Advanced Engineering Education
  • 2006: Eric Schurr, Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute
  • 2005: Kathleen Hart, Materials Science and Engineering
  • 2004: Al Santos, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 2003: Janet Murphy, Engineering Dean's Office
  • 2002: Daniel Carafelli, Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute
  • 2001: Naji Hammad, Engineering Copy Center
  • 2000: Nancy Swader, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • 1999: Bryan Hill, Aerospace Engineering
  • 1998: Victoria Daul, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • 1997: Rebecca Sarni, Aerospace Engineering
  • 1996: Terry Chase, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • 1995: Patricia Baker, Mechanical Engineering
  • 1994: Terry Clark, Aerospace Engineering
  • 1993: Maureen Meyer, Aerospace Engineering

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