The Research Laboratory of Electronics is pleased to announce that fifteen support staff members have successfully completed the Laboratory’s Administrative Assistant Certification Program.  This training program, consisting of monthly workshops, was created to support and enhance the administrative, human resources, fiscal and computer skills of the RLE’s administrative assistants.  The program began in summer 2013 and ended in early June 2014.  The following assistants were honored at a recent luncheon to acknowledge their achievement:

Janice Balzer (Englund, Freeman, Sze and Yanik groups)
Donna Beaudry (Chan, Gallager and Kolodziejski groups)
Dimonika Bray (Lang, Verghese, Schindall and Zahn groups)
Susan Davco (Hagelstein, Han, Watts and Wyatt)
Shirley Entzminger (Johnson group)
Donna Gale (Kassakian, Kirtley, Leeb and Perreault groups)
Diane Johansen (Grossman group)
Cindy LeBlanc (Lim group)
Josephina C. Lee (Shapiro and Orlando groups — RLE, Warde and Dedon groups — MTL/BE)
Michael Lewy (Medard and Zheng groups)
Tricia O’Donnell (Wornell group)
Olga Parkin (Lu group)
Read Schusky (Dresselhaus group)
Laura von Bosau (Cappellaro, Kong and Oppenheim groups)
Arlene Wint (Adalsteinsson, Braida, Shattuck-Hufnagel and Stultz groups)

In order to receive the certification, the fifteen assistants completed nine out of twelve workshops. Workshop content was designed to keep assistants abreast of current best practices, inform them of the latest updates to MIT processes and educate them about ongoing administrative initiatives within RLE. Some of the topics covered included the following: event planning, RLE digital and HR processes, procurement procedures, and communication skills.  New workshops are being planned for fall 2014.  Questions about the program should be directed to Cathy Bourgeois, RLE’s Training Coordinator, at