Sept. 14, 2021

Engineering staff members honored


Two staff members have been recognized for their contributions to the NDSU College of Engineering.

Tanya Erickson received the Outstanding Staff Award for the paraprofessional or office support level. Erickson joined the College of Engineering in 2010 and serves as the academic and student services coordinator for the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

“Tanya has demonstrated a strong commitment to our students, and always goes the extra mile to ensure that our students are well-served,” said Alan Kallmeyer, professor and chair of mechanical engineering. “Her strong work ethic, coupled with her compassionate and caring attitude, have made her an invaluable part of the department.”

“She has demonstrated an uncanny ability to inspire the faculty and students by being a great role model, both professionally and as a person with values,” said Sumathy Krishnan, professor of mechanical engineering.

The College of Engineering’s Outstanding Staff Award for the professional level went to Alissa Kuntz.

Kuntz was named business manager in the College of Engineering in 2017 after spending more than 12 years at the NDSU Libraries in a variety of accounting and budget roles. Colleagues say her knowledge, experience and dedication play a critical role in the success of the college and its departments.

“One of Alissa's most notable attributes that has been especially apparent in the past year has been her dedication and willingness to do whatever it takes to help the College get through difficult times,” said Scott Pryor, associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering. “Many staff were asked to go above and beyond typical duties in the past year because of the complexities of COVID. Alissa has done that, and much more that would not typically be expected of someone in her position.”

Erickson and Kuntz were honored at the College of Engineering Scholarship and Awards Reception on Sept. 10.

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