All of us at the Institute for Materials Research are so proud of the well-deserved staff service awards to two of IMR’s Members of Technical Staff over the past week – Mark Brenner and Denis Pelekhov. The two scientists were recognized for their commitment to supporting researchers, mentoring students, and ensuring safety in their respective research facilities. Both Mark and Denis are IMR Members of Technical Staff through our research enhancement programs providing financial and logistical support of core materials research facilities on Ohio State’s campus. Congratulations, Mark and Denis, on these recognitions of your excellent service to Ohio State’s materials community!
Mark Brenner, Lab Manager with the Semiconductor Epitaxy and Analysis Laboratory (SEAL), was recently honored with the College of Engineering’s “Exemplary Support or Advancement of Research” Above and Beyond Award. Given at the 2017 College of Engineering Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Brenner was recognized for his service and dedication to faculty recruitment, as well as student and research support across multiple departments.
“Mark is a unique and outstanding part of our team and college,” his nomination letter states. “Without Mark here, we would not have been successful at recruiting the quality of faculty members that we have been able to nor would those faculty members have been able to grow their programs so successfully. Mark’s commitment to student learning and student research also sets him apart. He takes time to train students on the various aspects of the lab and explain why certain procedures are in place. He will always drop what he’s doing to answer a student’s question or assist them if they are having difficulty. He is a great mentor.”
Denis Pelekhov, Director of NanoSystems Lab (NSL), received the John G. Whitcomb Distinguished Staff Award, which recognizes exceptional accomplishments, leadership, and service to the Department of Physics and its missions of research, teaching, and service. Awarded this week at the Physics department picnic, Pelekhov was recognized for his strong commitment to safety, student mentorship, and consistently outstanding service to NSL users.
“Denis provides excellent service to users at NSL that is timely, thorough, inclusive, and equitable. I am particularly impressed with his respect for all levels of research: he treats graduate and undergraduate students with the same respect and care he shows to faculty… In addition to offering quality service, Denis is a shining example of scientific and research safety. He goes above and beyond to ensure that our students are following safety protocols- often adding his own for good measure- so that our students can learn and grow without fear or danger. I have personally witnessed Denis drop everything multiple times to address a safety issue with all the gravity and importance it deserves (and more) to protect a student.”