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Advanced Manufacturing Institute

AMI Director Receives Award

(Manhattan, Kan., April 30, 2008) - Six Presidential Awards are being presented to honor outstanding teaching, advising and administrative skills at Kansas State University.

The awards, which consist of a $2,500 honorarium and plaque, are sponsored by the K-State president's office and Curtin Property Co., a real estate development firm with offices in Manhattan and Kansas City. The awards are coordinated through the Kansas State University Foundation.

Receiving the Presidential Award for Outstanding Department Head, Bradley Kramer, professor and head of the department of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering.

In addition to his role as head of the department of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, Kramer directs the Advanced Manufacturing Institute. "I believe that the academic department exists to serve the citizens of Kansas in general and the students in the department in particular," he said. "I am blessed to work with outstanding colleagues who are diligently working together to advance my alma mater." Kramer earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in industrial engineering from K-State.

"The Curtin Property Company, our affiliated organizations of Westchester Park and Georgetown Apartment Homes, along with our associates, are pleased to join with the K-State president's office in recognizing and rewarding these highly talented educators," said Chris Curtin, company president. "Their commitment to the pursuit of excellence is exceptional and inspirational. As teachers, advisers or department heads, each has contributed significantly to the education of undergraduates at Kansas State University. Their success serves as a bright path for others."

"These Presidential Awards acknowledge the truth that any great university owes its reputation to the creativity, dedication and excellence of its faculty members," said Jon Wefald, K-State president.