"If you want to have something done right when it comes to finances,
operations, administration, coordination, give it to Barb Rice!" stated
Schlumberger Professor of Engineering and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering
For her sustained excellence throughout her career at U-M, Barb Rice, Senior
Research Administrator for the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory (SSEL),
the NSF Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems (WIMS), the National
Nanofabrication Infrastructure Network (NNIN) and the Lurie Nanofabrication
Facility (LNF), has been selected to receive a 2009 Distinguished Research
Administrator Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research.
Barb joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
(EECS) in 1994. She manages a truly astonishing number of financial
accounts, as well as a myriad of other responsibilities including students
and staff. In just the past 5 years, she managed 2 facility moves of the
WIMS Center and oversaw the financial aspects of the new LNF facility, which
has recently been brought on-line.
In addition to her primary responsibilities, she has offered her service and
expertise on numerous University and national teams and committees,
including the Research Administrators Network (RAN) Planning Committee, the
Industrial Sponsors Training Program Pilot Team, the Office of Contract
Administration Task Team, and the NSF Administrative Directors Consultancy
Team, among other committees.
Without exception, those who work with Ms. Rice appreciate her knowledge,
cheerfulness, helpfulness, and attention to detail.
The Distinguished Research Administrator Award honors individuals from any
unit at the university who have demonstrated distinguished service
exemplifying the goals of professional research administration.
Barb will be honored with the Distinguished Research Administrator Award at
a public ceremony in the Michigan League's
Vandenberg Room from 3:30-5 p.m. May 7.
The awards presentation is at 4 p.m.