CEE Update Staff News

CEE has welcomed new staff members and promoted a valued member of the team. The school is proud to introduce the following staff members:

Lisa Gerber is the Program Manager for Engineering Management. Gerber joined the team in September 2019. She brings extensive work experience from her positions at Duke University and the University of Texas at Austin. In her previous roles, she promoted environmental education, coordinated a program for women in science, and was part of a team advancing equity in mathematics.

Beth Korson is the Events and Main Office Coordinator for CEE and she joined the staff in March 2019. Korson earned her Master of Arts in communication processes from the University of Connecticut and has professional experience in office administration and cultural exchange programs. Her management and leadership skills have been instrumental in the oversight of daily operations of the CEE Main Office and in the coordination of successful events for the School.

Laura Ricciuti is the new Undergraduate Field Coordinator for CEE, joining the staff in November 2019. Prior to working at Cornell, Ricciuti held both administrative and student services positions. Ricciuti earned an M.S. in Student Affairs and a Master of Public Administration from Binghamton University in May 2019. Having worked in higher education for 15 years, Ricciuti brings a wealth of knowledge from both her work experience and education.

Tania Sharpsteen has been with CEE for 13 years and moved into the new role of Program Coordinator supporting the engineering management program in September 2019. Sharpsteen brings forth a strong knowledge of student support and programming resources to perspective and current students in both the online learning and on-campus programs.

Melissa Totman is the new Assistant Director of Graduate Programs and she joined the staff in August 2019. Prior to CEE, Totman worked in a similar position in the Math department in Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences for almost eight years. Her work knowledge strengthens the operation of the program and enriches the lives of CEE graduate students. Totman coordinates all aspects of the CEE graduate program, from prospective applicants to current students in residence to graduation.

President's Award for Excellence 

Joe RoweJoe Rowe, director of administration in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, won the Thoughtful Leader Award as part of the President’s Employee Excellence Awards for mentoring, challenging and inspiring his colleagues to reach their full potential. Rowe is a dedicated employee who provides outstanding leadership, support and guidance to the staff. With his expertise and ability to think outside of the box, Rowe has worked to align the School and the team for lasting success.