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: Katherine Von Lehman
Compliance Coordinator, University Center for International Services 

Career Achievement: Tom Heidkamp
Manager, Surplus Property

Community Engagement Award: Stephanie Fiely
Director of Student Life, University of Pittsburgh at Titusville

Diversity and Inclusion: Crystal McCormick
Director of Diversity Initiatives, University of Pittsburgh Library System

Early Impact Award: Misti McKeehen
Director, Office of PittServes

Excellent Mentor Award: Sarah Wagner
Director of Vira I. Heinz Program, University Center for International Studies

Research Support Award: Elizabeth Hartigan
Clinical Research Manager, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Service Award: Heather Camp
Community Relations Officer, Department of Public Safety

Student Impact Award: Patrick Mullen
Director, Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity

University Engagement Award: Lindsay Rodzwicz
Coulter Program Manager, Swanson School of Engineering


Office of Human Resources' Career Transition Project

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

A Feasibility Study for Two New Online Programs at the University of Pittsburgh - Master of Research Administration Graduate Program and a Certificate in Research Administration Program
Faculty member Jennifer Woodward | Office of Research

A Makerspace on the Move: Mobilizing the OPEN LAB to Serve the University and Beyond               
Staff member Aaron Graham | Office of the Provost

A Place for Pitt-Johnstown in the Cure Violence: Johnstown Campaign
Faculty member Christine Dahlin-Schuster | Biology

ACCESS MAPS: Assessing Critical Care and Emergency Service Systems          
Faculty member David Wallace | Critical Care Medicine

Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latino Studies Initiative
Faculty member Michele Reid-Vazquez | Africana Studies

Building Bridges: Sustaining our Commitment to Equity and Justice by Empowering Minoritized Students to Transform the Educational Landscape in Pittsburgh and Beyond     
Faculty member Michael G. Gunzenhauser | Administrative and Policy Studies

Connecting Linguistics to the Community and Industry: Creating an Engagement Platform 
Faculty member Abdesalam Soudi | Linguistics

Contemporary Chinese Village Data
Faculty member Haihui Zhang | Libraries

Creation of The International Center for Conflict Resolution
Faculty member Luis Vargas | Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

Design Thinking and the Built Environment                                           
Faculty member Christopher Drew Armstrong | History of Art and Architecture

Development of Functional Balance/Mobility Assessment Tools in Individuals With Central Vision Loss     
Faculty member Rakie Cham | Bioengineering

Frank Bolden Multimedia Workshop With Pittsburgh Black Media Federation                                
Staff member Ervin Dyer | Office of Communications

Global Water Concerns: An Experiential Learning Project          
Faculty member Nancy Condee | Slavic Languages and Literatures

Goethe-Lexicon of Philosophical Concepts                       
Faculty member Clark Muenzer | German        

LMS Platform for Online Continuing Education                         
Staff member Lorna Kearns | Office of the Provost

Pitt-Greensburg and ULS Partnership with West Overton Village & Museum: Photogrammetry, GIS, and Virtual Tours                                                         
Faculty member Amber McAlister | History of Arts and Architecture

Pitt Prison Education Project
Faculty member Christopher Bonneau | Political Science

Pittsburgh Sarcoma Research Collaborative
Faculty member Kurt Weiss | Orthopaedic Surgery

Serious and Transformational Games for Patient Education and Clinical Interventions                          
Faculty member Dmitriy Babichenko | Computer Science

The Allegheny County Breast Consortium: Developing Synergy for Breast Cancer Control
Faculty member Margaret Rosenzweig | Nursing

The Business of Humanity®—Enhancing Economic, Environmental and Social Sustainability in Disadvantaged Communities through Radical Business Models
Faculty member John Camillus | Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

U.S. Law and Legal English Program
Faculty member Ronald Brand | Law

Ventriculoamniotic Shunting for Fetal Aqueductal Stenosis
Faculty member Stephen Emery | OB/GYN and Reproductive Sciences