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Janet Lumpp, Aaron Cramer Win Excellence in Service Awards

May 07, 2020

Dr. Janet Lumpp and Dr. Aaron Cramer were the two recipients of the 2020 College of Engineering Excellence in Service Awards.

Electrical and computer engineering professor Dr. Janet Lumpp and Kentucky Utilities Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. Aaron Cramer were the two recipients of the 2020 College of Engineering Excellence in Service Awards.

Dr. Janet Lumpp

Dr. Janet Lumpp has taken leadership roles that promote the advancement of women in engineering and STEM disciplines. Her efforts have included leading a wide variety of activities, such as the Kentucky Electronics Education Project (KEEP), which has served more than 2,000 students and trained more than 150 teachers spanning more than 20 years.

Dr. Lumpp has developed STEM activities for K-12 students and led Girls in Science Summer Camps, ECE Women in Engineering Camps, Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS) Girl Scout Programs, Meadowthorpe is Serving Sisters (MISS) at Meadowthorpe Elementary School and monthly electronics camps for fifth grade girls for over 10 years running. Additionally, she developed physics-based content for Kentucky Educational Television and held membership on the Kentucky state board for fourth grade science standards.

Dr. Lumpp served as the inaugural director of the First-Year Engineering (FYE) program for the college from 2015 until 2019. She was one of the driving forces behind the success of FYE, leading hiring efforts, taking charge of curriculum development efforts for all course offering and coordinating across all academic programs within the college. As a result, the college has made significant gains in increasing second-fall retention and in raising female retention rates. 



Dr. Aaron Cramer

Dr. Aaron Cramer currently chairs the UK University Senate Academic Programs Committee and is the chair-elect for the University Senate for the coming year. In his role leading the Academic Programs Committee, he helped garner approval for a record number of curricular programs and a large slate of new online programs created under the UK Our Path Forward initiative. This included fostering support and addressing concerns for many College of Engineering programs.

Dr. Cramer has served as director of graduate studies for the ECE department since Fall 2018 and in this role has implemented several organizational and graduate recruiting initiatives that have led to a significant increase in graduate applications and an improvement in graduate student services and support.

Externally, Dr. Cramer is an editor for the prestigious IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion and IEEE Power Engineering Letters. He regularly reviews for many journals and conferences and was the program co-chair for the IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference in 2017.

Regarding community outreach, Dr. Cramer has made an impact through his contributions to the power and energy industry in the state, including research and teaching activities involving industry partners through his involvement with the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky.