Administrative and support staff recognized for their Laboratory career achievements 

      Allison MacDonald, John Bilodeau, Heather Wilcox, and Eric Carrera receive
      Excellence Awards

"I have never stood on this side of the stage before," said one of the 2015 MIT Lincoln Laboratory Administrative and Support Excellence Awards recipients as she stood at the podium to deliver her acceptance speech at the award ceremony held on 20 March. She was not alone in this experience's being her first time addressing a crowd in the Laboratory's auditorium; in weeks prior, the four award recipients not only bonded and laughed over old photographs but also practiced their public speaking in preparation for the event. As each of the awardees took the stage, the cowbell-ringing, cymbal-clanging, sign-holding colleagues, family members, and friends seated before them provided much encouragement.

2014 award recipients. Lincoln Laboratory Director Eric Evans (far right) gathers with the 2015 Administrative and Support Excellence Awards recipients (left to right), John Bilodeau, Eric Carrera, Heather Wilcox, and Allison MacDonald.

Allison J. MacDonald, Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Office administrator, and John E. Bilodeau, systems administrator of the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Tactical Systems Division, were honored with Administrative Excellence Awards.

MacDonald was recognized for "leading efforts that have positively impacted service delivery, information management, and data availability within the EHS Office." With the assistance of the Information Services Department, she greatly improved reporting and data processing for EHS inventories and databases and, as part of the EHS training team, has enhanced the booking and tracking of compliance training across the Laboratory.

Bilodeau was commended for "routinely going above and beyond his division-level job duties to fulfill information technology (IT) needs across the Laboratory." In addition to helping maintain the ISR and Tactical Systems Division's computer systems and networks, he has been instrumental in providing video teleconferencing for many of the Laboratory's annual workshops and assists with IT setup for high-level meetings and Director's Office presentations.   

The Support Excellence Awards were presented to Heather A. Wilcox, administrative assistant in the Contracting Services Department, and Eric P. Carrera, project technician and Radio-Frequency (RF) Laboratory supervisor in the Advanced Concepts and Technologies Group.

Wilcox was praised for "applying strong leadership and collaboration skills in support of a department office and the Laboratory." Besides supporting departmental leadership and maintaining the dashboard for major procurements, she serves as the assistant administrator for the Laboratory's Purchasing Card program, for which she improved processes and established a streamlined file management system.

Carrera was honored for "his technician support of prototyping and testing RF systems." His support has significantly contributed to the Laboratory's air and missile defense efforts. In his current role, he builds and tests RF circuits, installs equipment and collects data at many of the Department of Defense test ranges, and coordinates technician work. 

"At Lincoln Laboratory, recognition is part of the culture. It was a pleasure to see this year's awardees receive the recognition they deserve," says Ellen Beachy, rewards and recognition program administrator, Human Resources Department.

The Administrative and Support Excellence Awards were initiated by the Director's Office in 2014 to annually recognize administrative and support staff for demonstrated excellence in support of Lincoln Laboratory's mission.

Posted March 2015

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