(May 31, 2018) ISE’s Undergraduate Academic Advisor Joyce Vest and Laboratory Instrument Maker Randy Waldron received prestigious awards from Virginia Tech’s College Association for Staff in Engineering (CASE) in May 2018.
Randy was nominated, along with multiple staff members across 13 engineering departments, and selected to receive CASE’s Technical Award for his exceptional contributions to the department. Many ISE faculty members highly praised his technical skills in designing, fabricating, and installing equipment for research and other activities. One member had this to say about Randy’s work: “Randy is a major technical asset to ISE. He has been amazing in making us anything we can dream of needing in the lab, and being proactive in ensuring the design meets our requirements.” Other faculty members also mentioned that his consistent positive and pleasant attitude as well as commitment to his position are exemplary.
Joyce was awarded the Jenny Frank Award, which recognizes an outstanding staff member in the College of Engineering. She received tremendous praise for her gentle yet firm advising of undergraduate students, her leadership as a founder and mentor for the ISE Ambassadors, and for her initiative to co-create an introductory ISE course (ISE 2004: Intro to ISE). One faculty member said, “[Joyce] is a model of what all Virginia Tech employees should be. She works hard, cares fiercely for her students, and embodies the spirit of Ut Prosim that defines Virginia Tech.” Another faculty member summarized her as an exemplary staff member who demonstrates the commitment, caring, advising knowledge, and people skills needed to do a top-notch job in working with students and colleagues. In addition, a recent graduate expressed her gratitude to Joyce by saying, “Having Joyce Vest as my academic advisor was one of the greatest privileges of my undergraduate experience at Virginia Tech.”