Recent Award Winners

Distinguished Public Service Award

Thistle I. Elias
Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health

Mark Kramer
Lecturer, Department of English, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Steven Little
William Kepler Whiteford Endowed Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering

Distinguished Teaching Award

Barbara J. Barnhart
Instructor, Division of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Robin E. Grubs
Associate Professor, Department of Human Genetics, Graduate School of Public Health

Tammy Haley
Associate Professor, Division of Biological and Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Daniel Lambrecht
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Richard Steinman
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, School of Medicine

Distinguished Research Award

Derek C. Angus
Distinguished Professor and Mitchell P. Fink Endowed Chair, Department of Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine

Nathan Clark
Associate Professor, Department of Computational and Systems Biology, School of Medicine

JoAnne Flynn
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, School of Medicine

Mary Phillips
Professor, Pittsburgh Foundation-Emmerling Endowed Chair in Psychotic Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine

Matiangai Sirleaf
Assistant Professor, School of Law 

Chancellor’s Award for Staff  

Administrative and Operational Efficiency: Brice Everett Lynn
Assistant Director, Study Abroad Office

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: Karen J. Steffey
Assistant to the Chair of the Department of Computer Science, School of Computing and Information

Community Engagement: Noelle C. Conover
Project Coordinator, School of Medicine

Early Career Achievement: Nazir Noori
Program Manager, Study Abroad Office

Excellent Mentor: Lauren O. Wallace
Director of Undergraduate Recruitment, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Outstanding Career Achievement: Denise Doswell
Former Executive Assistant, Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Business and Operations

Research Support: Peter G. Chambers
Director of Shared Research Support Services, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Service to the University Community: Maureen M. Conrad
Assistant to the Chief of Police, Pitt Police Department

Student Impact: Dana C. Romano
Associate Director of Career Management, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

University Engagement: Stacey L. Czerniejewski
Executive Assistant, Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer


Swanson School of Engineering's PITT STRIVE

Innovation Commercialization Funds


Cecelia Yates
Assistant Professor, Departments of Health Promotion and Development and Pathology

Timothy Corcoran
Associate Professor of Medicine, Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering

Zariel Johnson
Posdoctoral Associate, Department of Health Promotion and Development

Christopher Mahoney
PhD candidate, Department of Bioengineering

Threadrite IV

William (Buddy) Clark
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Cameron Dezfulian
Research Faculty and Physician, Department of Critical Care Medicine

Ehsan Qaium
PhD candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Nicholas Krehel
PhD candidate, Department of Critical Care Medicine

Denny Wist
Business Mentor


Stephen Badylak
Professor, Department of Surgery

Juan Naranjo
Postdoctoral Fellow

Lindsey Saldin
Graduate student, Department of Bioengineering

Jenna Dziki
Graduate student, Department of Bioengineering

Steeltown Innovations

Jeffrey Vipperman
Professor, Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering

Garth Elias, MD
Clinical Advisor, UPMC Mercy

Joe Marcanio
Entrepreneur in Residence, Innovation Institute

Chris Dumm
PhD candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Jack Bartley
Undergraduate student, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Kevin Fleischmann 
Undergraduate student, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Pitt Seed Projects

Art’s Work in the Age of Biotechnology
Faculty member Elizabeth Pitts | English

A School-Based Trauma Intervention to Build Social and Cognitive Resilience     
Faculty member Brianna Lombardi | School of Social Work

Creating a Student Outreach Services Program at Bradford Campus
Faculty member Ken Wang | Pitt–Bradford

Creating Connections Through CREATES          
Staff member Max Fedor | Otolaryngology

Development of the Broadening Equity in STEM Center (BE STEM Center)                                          
Faculty member Alison Legg | Biological Sciences

Food Insecurity, Nutritional Literacy, and Heart Disease: A Novel Interdisciplinary University of Pittsburgh Initiative                                
Faculty member Jared Magnani | School of Medicine

Graduate Certificate in Regional Intergovernmental Organization Management
Faculty member George Dougherty | Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Inclusive Staff Mentoring in the Dietrich School          
Staff member Michele Montag | Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Justice Scholars Expansion - Pitt Enhanced College Support                         
Faculty member Esohe Osai | School of Social Work

Leveraging Technology to Treat Anxiety Disorders in Community Pediatrics
Faculty member Jennifer Silk | Psychology

LRDC Undergraduate Summer Internship Program
Faculty member Natasha Tokowicz | Learning Research and Development Center

MilTeenChat App for the Military Community: Developing Gamification to Strengthen Teens’ Decision-Making Skills
Faculty member Kathryn Puskar | School of Nursing

Mobile Visual Feedback for Gait Training
Faculty member Goeran Fiedler | School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Obama Academy-Mathematics Assistance Center
Faculty member Angela Athanas | Mathematics

Pitt-Greensburg Military and Veterans Program (SITREP)            
Staff member Lisa Reffner | Pitt–Greensburg

Pitt Participation in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program                                                         
Staff member Ravi Patel | School of Pharmacy

Pittsburgh Public Schools Partnership: Entertainment Technology 
Staff member Kelly Hammonds | Athletics

Pitt Startup Incubator for Students and Recent Alumni               
Staff member Babs Carryer | Innovation Institute

Raising GIRL: Gender Inequality Research Lab at Pitt
Faculty member Melanie Hughes | Sociology

ReligYinz: Mapping Religious Pittsburgh     
Faculty member Benjamin Gordon | Religious Studies

Surveying Latin American Legislators                       
Faculty member Scott Morgenstern | Political Science

The Center for Applied Research (CFAR) at Pitt-Greensburg: Developing Infrastructure and Training to Grow Our Center
Faculty member Geoffrey Wood | Pitt–Greensburg

Vibrant Media Lab
Faculty member Zach Horton | English        

Women in International Security Seed Project
Faculty member Julia Santucci | Graduate School of Public and International Affairs