Two IMSE staff members celebrate 25 years at Iowa State

Two staff members from the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) recently celebrated their 25th anniversary of working at Iowa State University.

Krista Briley, an administrative assistant and assistant to the department chair, as well as Mike Renze, an information technology systems support specialist, were both recognized last month at the 83rd Annual Iowa State University 25 Year Club Banquet.

Krista Briley poses at the award banquet. From left: Gül Kremer (C.G. “Turk” & Joyce A. Therkildsen Department Chair of IMSE), Sarah Rajala (James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering), Krista Briley (Administrative Specialist and Assistant to the Department Chair for IMSE), and Wendy Wintersteen (President of Iowa State University).

Briley started at Iowa State in March 1992 as a Secretary I in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering. She joined the IMSE department in November 2011. She holds a BS in journalism and mass communications with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in health studies from Iowa State.

“Loyalty to my alma mater is one reason I have stuck around all these years. I am a proud alum,” she said. “That and I am a diehard Cyclone fan. But, the flexible work-life balance environment and hard-to-beat benefits Iowa State provides are also what has kept me here so long. More importantly though are the people. I have been lucky to work with great colleagues in both MSE and IMSE. I have lifelong friends here.

Mike Renze poses at the award banquet. From left: Gül Kremer (C.G. “Turk” & Joyce A. Therkildsen Department Chair of IMSE), Sarah Rajala (James L. and Katherine S. Melsa Dean of Engineering), Mike Renze (Information Technology Systems Support Specialist for IMSE), and Wendy Wintersteen (President of Iowa State University).

Renze was hired as a System Support Specialist for IMSE in 1992. He holds a BS in computer engineering from Iowa State.

“I’ve stayed with Iowa State for twenty-five years because I love waking up in the morning and always knowing there will be new and exciting challenges to face,” he said.