To All Members of the Department of Mechanical Engineering:
Due to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak, following the guidelines provided by the University of Maryland, College Park, the operations of the Department of Mechanical Engineering will require limiting of the presence of staff members in the office each day and allowing for teleworking of employees. While we recognize that we need to do our best to keep essential research, student advising, and business operations going in the unit, we also need to support employees in caring for their health and reducing risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Effective March 19, 2020 until further notice, the ME Main Office will no longer be open. We will now be 100% Teleworking.
Finance Requests All requests submitted through firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff will be in the office and teleworking (see attached Staff Schedule in Office).
Purchasing Requests All requests need to be submitted through umd.procurify.com Staff will be in the office and teleworking (see attached Staff Schedule in Office). Others will be in the office Monday through Friday for signing and taking packages for the purchasing team and sending out notice of package arrival.
Travel Requests All requests need to be submitted through email@example.com. Staff will be teleworking full-time. There will be staff available on Thursdays, to collect travel hard copy reimbursement paperwork.
Payroll and HR Team: All requests need to be submitted through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposal Team: All requests need to be submitted through email@example.com.
Front Desk Team: Staff will be teleworking
Business Office Management Team: Staff will be teleworking
ME Facilities: All requests need to be submitted through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once we receive your request any issue that requires remote hands-on support will be handled through rhelp.umd.edu – a service that will allow us to remote into your computer and take care of any software needs or issues.
If your issue would best be served with a real time chat, we will message you via teams.webex.com. Webex Teams will allow us to share files, photos, links and more in real time to get you up and running as quickly as possible. And from there, if we need to, we can initiate a video chat using Webex Meetings.
Finally, for any issue that requires a physical presence, our teammate Aman will be able to assist you. He is very knowledgeable and should be able to resolve any issue quickly. And we will be on hand for guidance, if necessary.
We appreciate your understanding and patience in this evolving and challenging COVID-19 Outbreak situation. We are trying to minimize person-to-person interactions and practice social distancing as much as possible. Please note this plan is subject to change depending on further guidelines from campus.