Jana Duda, technology resource manager of Educational Technology and Desktop Services, has been given a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in the Classified Service. This award is a system-level honor recognizes superior performance and extraordinary achievement by employees in the Classified Service, and demonstrates the university’s commitment to individuals who provide superior service to its students and the community at large.
Duda she began at FIT as a clerical assistant 31 years ago in the Gladys Marcus Library. Since then, she has advocated to improve and reimagine library services through the use of new computer technology as it arrived through the years. She understood its potential, mastered its intricacies, and worked diligently with library leadership to integrate it into a hands-on experience for students.
In 2003, the PrintFX lab came under her management and she turned it into a thriving resource for the FIT community. She was part of a college-wide team to develop the FIT Digital Image Library and developed the FabLab as well. Most recently she created a maker space in the library and the Maker Minds event series, which launched fall 2017.