ECE Operations Manager Melissa Reese has received the Colorado State University Distinguished Administrative Professional Award. The honor is given to a maximum of four administrative professionals each year for continuing meritorious and outstanding achievement in the areas of outreach, teaching, administration, and/or research.
Since joining the ECE department in 2010, Reese has shined as the ECE staff leader, going above and beyond to advance the department, support and advocate for staff, and contribute to the CSU community.
"Melissa constantly exceeds expectations, and her innovative contributions allow me to be more effective in my position," said ECE Department Head Tony Maciejewski. "I am thrilled she is being recognized by the University for her impact across campus."
As the ECE staff leader, Reese has demonstrated an exceptional ability to hire, manage, and develop her team in order to achieve the department's goals. Among her myriad accomplishments, she is credited with maximizing the department's multimillion dollar annual budget while effectively managing the funding volatility of a research-intensive environment. She also played an instrumental role in securing the $2 million National Science Foundation grant to Revolutionize Engineering Departments (RED), which was one of six proposals chosen from a highly competitive pool of more than 100 submissions. As a core member of the RED team, she is now responsible for managing the overall project through to completion.
In addition, Reese led the implementation of a web-based pre-screen application process to streamline graduate admissions. Besides drastically reducing response times to queries and admissions decisions from more than 850 international applicants, the new process generated data that allowed Reese to uncover an opportunity to expand the graduate program with an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer engineering.
Prior to joining CSU, Reese was the director of Financial and Administrative Operations for The Wallace Center at Rochester Institute of Technology. She holds a B.S. in International Business and Finance and an M.B.A. in Management and Organizational Development from Rochester Institute of Technology.