Recipient of the 2017 Schmitt Prize: Phyllis Burton

Phyllis Burton

The 2017 Thomas W. Schmitt Annual Staff Prize went to Phyllis Burton, who works in purchasing as the contracting officer for BBE. The award celebrates staff members "whose contributions embody the values and spirit that enable the Institute to achieve excellence in research and education."

In nominating her for the honor, Burton's colleagues called her professional, dedicated, warm, and knowledgeable. "There have been so many times over the past few years that I have run to Phyllis with questions or issues," said one nomination. "She knows everything and is our division's savior."

Another noted, "She is a problem solver and represents Caltech in such a wonderful way!"