Shrestha and Nargi receive School of Engineering Infinite Mile Team Award

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Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 10:30am

Jarina Shrestha, left, and Maria Nargi, right, stand with MIT School of Engineering Dean Ian Waitz as they receive the 2014 Infinite Mile Team Award on May 21.On May 21, two members of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department headquarters staff — Jarina Shrestha, EECS Fiscal Officer and Maria Nargi, EECS Financial Assistant II — were given the MIT School of Engineering’s Infinite Mile Team Award in recognition of their collaborative efforts to maintain and improve the financial aspects of the EECS department’s multiple programs. The citations given at the ceremony, the fourteenth annual awards event, are included below.  Congratulations to Jarina and Maria!

[Photo above: Jarina Shrestha, left, and Maria Nargi, right, stand with MIT School of Engineering Dean Ian Waitz as they receive the 2014 Infinite Mile Team Award on May 21.Courtesy School of Engineering]   


Jarina Shrestha and Maria Nargi

Two members of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department financial team are this year’s recipients of the team Infinite Mile Award for Excellence. Jarina Shrestha and Maria Nargi epitomize MIT’s spirit of collaboration in their dedication to making sure that EECS operates efficiently and remains financially sound.

Jarina processes the payroll of more than 85 students in the SuperUROP program, making sure they receive their stipends on time and allowing them to focus on their research instead of worrying about paperwork. She simultaneously juggles oversight of departmental accounts, coordination of contractual agreements and NIH training grants, and her work with the EECS accounting officer on financial analysis, budget projections, and reports.

Most recently, she helped create a tool to standardize the process of RA supplementation and Co-ordinated the finances when alumni and staff visited California as part of Start6, the new EECS program encouraging entrepreneurship.

One nominator describes Jarina as one of the most organized people he knows. In addition to her regular duties, she helps support the new initiative to engage undergraduates as teaching assistants, mentors new staff members, and was instrumental in developing and implementing the financial aspects of several new EECS Strategic Plan initiatives.

Her colleague Maria provides financial support to EECS student groups including the Graduate Students Association, Eta Kappa Nu, Graduate Women in Course 6, MasLab, and the Robot Design Competition. She played a crucial role in systematizing and streamlining the teaching cost reimbursement process and works with new assistants in the EECS-affiliated labs to help them ramp up on the financial process.

Maria meticulously generates an annual department summary, allowing her colleagues to have comprehensive overview of expenses and charges. Each year, when the new EECS GSA treasurer takes office, she steps in to teach them the department’s financial process. She listens to the ideas they bring from other MIT departments and strives to incorporate their process improvements into EECS.

Jarina and Maria tackle any challenge with good humor and a wealth of knowledge. Their dedication and competent service has contributed to the success of their prospective programs.