January employees of the month
Justin Lohrmeyer, University support staff
Started at KU: 2005
Current title: Instrumentation technician, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
What that means: Lohrmeyer helps bring student projects and faculty research from the design stage to functional reality. He also works closely with students to teach fabrication techniques.
Notable: A graduate student recently brought in prints and materials for a project. As discussions about the project continued, Lohrmeyer, his superivor and the student realized that the parts were likely to be too heavy and that the proposed materials would pose challenges in terms of precision. Nonetheless, Lohrmeyer was given the go-ahead to complete the parts as originally designed. He developed a plan that involved much less machine time, reduced cost and reduced the weight of the components.
In the end, the parts were accurate, the project was on budget and the student was able to complete his testing on time.
Elizabeth Pesek-Shields, Unclassified employee
Started at KU: 1985
Current title: Assistant administrator, Information Technology.
What that means: Pesek-Shields is responsible for the University Voice Private Branch Exchange -- KU's telephone switch.
Notable: Pesek-Shields was a leader in the development and implementation of KU's first voice communications system and continues to oversee and manage the third-largest voice system in the state of Kansas. With the support of her team and Networking and Telecommunication Services, she has laid the foundation for the research, development and implementation of a wide variety of services and related infrastructure, including 1-800, long-distance, 911 services, voice mail, caller ID, directory assistance, emergency service and many others.