Laura Wade received the Distinguished Service Award earlier this month at a regional conference of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA).
Wade helps manage the center, which is one of the largest superconductivity research institutions in the nation and includes more than 200 faculty, researchers and students from several science and engineering departments at the university.
She oversees the center’s administrative functions, including preparing and submitting grant proposals. The center researches new high-temperature superconducting materials and their application to the nation’s electrical, medical, transportation and communications needs.
Colleagues at research institutions throughout the region lauded Wade’s integrity, leadership and dedication to the profession.
“(Wade) has always stepped up to the plate when she was needed,” an administrator at Texas Christian University’s office of research wrote in a letter nominating Wade for the award.
Wade served as president of the NCURA and has been active in the group throughout her 18-year career in research administration. She also has presented educational and training workshops to fellow research administrators from throughout the country.
She is a certified accountant and has a master’s degree in business administration. Before coming to Houston, Wade worked as a research administrator at universities in Galveston, Dallas, San Antonio and Arlington.
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