Two staff members from the College of Science, Engineering and Health have received recognition for their contribution to RMIT.
At a recent graduation ceremony for 42 PhD candidates, staff and students were also recognised for academic excellence and outstanding contributions to the University community.
The Francis Ormond medal was presented to Ms Elena Ayre in acknowledgement of staff commitment, dedication, excellence and exceptional service to the University.
Ms Ayre has worked at RMIT for 17 years, starting out as a technical assistant (dental) in the department of health and clinical sciences.
Currently senior project officer - vocational education in the College of Science, Engineering and Health, her previous roles have included teaching in the dental assisting and dental technology program as well as project officer and academic services coordinator in the vocational engineering area.
Ms Ayre said she had been unaware of the nomination, and felt overwhelmed by the support.
“It was a big surprise when I was told I’d been selected for the Francis Ormond Medal.“
“I’m fortunate to work with many wonderful people from both the College office and the School on many different projects, and believe that this achievement is a team effort.“
Professor Felicity Roddick said she was “astonished“ to receive the Ralph McIntosh Medal in acknowledgement for her outstanding service to students.
She began working at RMIT in 1971 and is the second longest serving member of staff.
As the associate dean (research and innovation) in the School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Professor Roddick has coached, mentored and empowered the school academic postgraduate coordinators to proactively address areas where student satisfaction could be improved.
“Currently RMIT has approximately 1,800 higher degree by research (HDR) students, and around 1,000 of these are in the College of Science Engineering and Health.
“In my role as associate dean I have had administrative oversight of these students and I have always sought to make a positive contribution to their experience.“