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February 2013

January EE staff gift card program awardees announced

Due to a wonderful nomination response to the department’s new monthly Gift Card Bonus Program, six Electrical Engineering staff members have been recognized in January to receive a $50 gift card for their extraordinary efforts. The committee received 18 nominations, with a few staff receiving several nominations.

Following are the January awardees, in addition to some comments from their nominators:


Keith Gaul, Instructional Labs Manager:  

  • “Keith’s demeanor can be described as quiet competence.”

  • “He accomplishes his job so smoothly that one never hears about the difficulties it entails.”

  • “He is always so generous sharing his time.”

  • “He helps us when the professor needs something ordered yesterday, when the students burn out their last chip, or when something goes wonky with equipment.”


John DeSilva, Systems and Network Manager:

  • “John has always been willing and ready to help with ANY IT issue.”

  • “I ask him for his help, and he comes that same day!”

  • “John is a man of few words and big actions.”

  • “He handles crisis calmly.”

  • “I’ve lost count of how many times I have asked his help and he is very fast in replying to me and members of my research group and always offers helpful advice.”


Tharman Patton, Shipping and Receiving:

  • “This was the first time I met Tharman, but he made the experience very pleasant and was nice and happy throughout.”



Ashley Kim, Administrative Associate:

  • “She set up our conference rooms (in both Allen and AllenX) using Google calendar.”



Ann Guerra, Administrative Associate:

  • “Ann is always on top of everything.”

  • “She takes care of the details.”

  • “As a result of her effort, my life and those of many others is of much higher quality.”


Amy Duncan, Degree Progress Officer:

  • “Amy has been guiding me for the past 2 quarters towards the progress of my Masters degree.”

  • “I know that she works hard to contact students personally and remind them of their deadlines/submissions that is required for their graduation.”

  • “Amy responds to emails quickly and finds time to speak with students.”


The School of Engineering recently gave the EE department several gift cards to distribute to staff members who are recognized for going above and beyond. Two people will be recognized in February, and nominations from January will still be eligible for future months. EE faculty, staff and students are welcome to nominate a deserving staff person by visiting