Lopresti Honored at Commencement

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Kathy Lopresti (left) with ChBE Professor and Chair Sheryl Ehrman (right) at the Clark School's Winter 2011 commencement ceremony.

Kathy Lopresti, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering's (ChBE) assistant director for undergraduate and graduate studies, received the Dr. Marilyn Berman Pollans Outstanding Service Award for Staff at the A. James Clark School of Engineering's 2011 Winter Commencement Ceremony in December. The award is given annually to honor "a staff member whose service to his or her department, to the school, and the university has been judged outstanding."

"Kathy's dedication and commitment to our ever increasing numbers of students is clear, and this recognition is so well-deserved," says ChBE Professor and Chair Sheryl Ehrman.

Lopresti manages all student records, supports recruiting activities and serves as the initial advisor for all freshmen and transfer students. She is noted for exceptional service to students, serving as the "face" of the department, and is described by one student as the "heart of the University." The new Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association credited her with their success as she helped them get the organization off the ground. Faculty members admired her work to build the department's undergraduate services and for her assistance with the department's ABET accreditation process.

Published January 9, 2012