Carnegie Mellon University

MSE Bids Farewell to Beloved Staff Member

Ellen Saxon

Recently the program bid farewell to one of the community’s most valuable and beloved members, Ellen Saxon, as she moves on to a well-earned and much deserved retirement.

Ellen was there from the very beginning, working with the late Dr. James “Coach” Tomayko to launch the MSE program in 1989. For the last 24 years, Ellen has diligently served as the MSE programs sole administrator. She has been invaluable in her efforts to support the program as it grew, evolved, and multiplied. From answering every imaginable student question to processes mountains of paperwork in order to ensure students got into that one, vital class; Ellen always put the students first and was always there, a living history of the MSE program.

To honor her tireless contributions, the program hosted a reception on Thursday, January 30th and the MSELi organized a brief ceremony on the following Monday, Ellen’s last day in the office.

Although we will all miss her tremendously, we know that you will join us in wishing Ellen well on what is sure to be her next great adventure.

To see more photos from both of Ellen’s retirement celebrations, click here.