Each year the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences gives its highest honor, the Dean's Award for Achievement, to someone who has made a substantial contribution to the practice of engineering or the applied sciences and/or has had an exceptional professional career. This year UB Engineering is pleased to honor Gina Bronkie Hammond, currently a director at Computer Sciences Corporation's (CSC) North America Public Sector, supporting the Defense Division. The Dean's Award recognizes her career in the leading edge of the computer science and the engineering industries.

Hammond was born and raised in Williamsville, N.Y. She earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Vassar College in 1970, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received a fellowship to pursue her master's degree in Computer Science and Engineering at UB, as part of a small group of exceptional women pursuing computer science and engineering education. She earned the master's degree in 1973. She has also recently completed certifications in “Executive Leadership: Preparing for an Uncertain Future” and Project Management Professional.

After completing her master's, she joined the burgeoning computer science field, serving in increasingly more responsible positions before joining CSC - at DynCorp Systems & Solutions, Cincinnati Bell Information Systems Federal, Vanguard Technologies, Inc., and Marine Midland Bank. Hammond has continually risen on the career ladder, and now has over 35 years of experience in programming, systems analysis, program management, consulting, and contract management.

At CSC, she is actively involved in multiple proposal efforts requiring the development of solutions and service delivery for contracts and task orders in support of Department of Defense enterprise infrastructure and infostructure goals worldwide. Major programs supported include U.S. Military Entrance Command, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, Explosive Devices Electronic Warfare, and multiple Information Technology efforts at military bases across the U.S.

Before her current assignment she was vice president of CSC's Government-Wide Acquisition Contract Service Center, coordinating the use of all GWAC vehicles and multiple General Services Administration schedules held by CSC, resulting in over 1.3 billion dollars in work in fiscal year 2007. From 1999 to 2006, she was vice president of Mission Support Services, managing over 800 employees and providing both mission-related and information technology services to multiple agencies within the federal government. Annually she oversaw the production of over 400 contract and task order bids.

A generous philanthropist and volunteer, Hammond was the first to give a major gift supporting UB Engineering's new high-tech building. UB will recognize the gift by naming the Gina Bronkie Hammond Laboratory, a graduate/undergraduate CSE laboratory. The gift reflects Hammond's confidence in UB Engineering's vision to positively impact the region, state, and beyond.

Hammond and her husband reside in Warrenton, Va., and maintain strong ties to Western New York, with family who reside in the area. She and her husband, the Reverend James A. Hammond, are actively involved in the Episcopal Church. He recently retired from active ministry. His last assignment was as rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Remington, Va., and as priest-in-charge at Christ Episcopal Church in Brandy Station, Va.

The University at Buffalo School of Engineering is truly honored to name Gina Bronkie Hammond as an alumna of great distinction whose continued career achievements merit our highest regard.