Allison receives CoE's inaugural Staff-Faculty Partnership Award

Allison receives CoE's inaugural Staff-Faculty Partnership Award

John Allison is congratulated by Dean Alec Gallimore for being selected as the first recipient of the CoE's Staff-Faculty Partnership Award. Allison was recognized at The Staff Excellence Awards Program on May 17.

MSE Professor John Allison was selected as the first-ever recipient of the College's Staff-Faculty Partnership Award. Allison was officially recognized at the College of Engineering Staff Excellence Awards Program held on May 17 in the Chrysler Center Chesebrough Auditorium. 

In his introduction of the award, Alec Gallimore, Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, explained that the criteria for the honor includes "encouraging staff independence, fostering a collaborative work atmosphere and partnering with staff to create a culture of daring, collaboration and inclusivity."

"Professor Allison is known not only for his understanding and appreciation of staff needs," Gallimore said in his introduction of Allison, "but also for helping to improve those processes...Perhaps most noteworthy, he is quick to both give staff credit for success and to take personal responsibility for setbacks. In the words of a colleague, 'John's contributions to the department as a faculty member are no doubt outstanding, but the obvious impact on the staff in MSE that he demonstrates through his actions makes daily routines and responsibilities more enjoyable. John is genuinely a nice human being.'"

"I was really touched and honored to be nominated the staff in Materials Science & Engineering," Allison began in his acceptance remarks. He explained how he came to U-M in 2010 after 27 years at Ford, where teams were a very important part of his career there. "When I came to U-M, I wasn't exactly sure what teamwork and teams would look like in the context of an academic environment," he said, "but I certainly have found that in the College of Engineering and in particular in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering. The degree of professionalism, excellence and just working with nice people has been quite eye-opening to me and just a pleasure to work with this team of very fine individuals."