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Conference Sponsors and Chairs

2018 Conference Sponsors

The School of Engineering would like to recognize the following organizations for their support of the conference.


A. Martini & Co
AECOM
Aerotech, Inc
ALung Technologies
Andes Consulting
Applied Control Systems
Bank of New York Mellon
Bayer
Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation
Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.
Cerner Healthcare
Curtiss-Wright EMD
FedEx Ground
FedEx Supply Chain
GAI Consultants
Independence Excavating, Inc.
John B. Conomos, Inc.
Michael Baker International

Naval Nuclear Laboratory
Net Health
NOVA Chemicals - Beaver Valley Site
Penn State University
PennDot
Philips Respironics
PNC Bank
R&Q Solutions
Rolls-Royce
Solar Turbines
Solvay
Summa
Trans Associates Engineering Consultants, Inc.
University of Pittsburgh
UPMC
US Steel Corporation
Westlake Chemical

2018 Conference Chairs

The School of Engineering would like to recognize and thank the conference chairs for their participation in this event. Each of these individuals took time out of their busy work schedule to come to campus and work with the students. Their input is essential to the success of the conference and is one of the key components that makes the Freshman Conference one of the most innovative educational experiences in the country. The dates next to the names refer to year and degrees obtained from Pitt.

Each year we present an award to a Chair(s) for their continued service to the freshman conference. This year the awards went to John Andes, Juan Ibarra, Michael Reinhart, and Hannah Smith.

Suyesh Acharya – BioE'13
R&Q Solutions
John Andes – ME'82
Rolls-Royce
Nicholas Andes – ME'08, '12
Andes Consulting
Jared Andes - ME'17
Naval Nuclear Laboratory
Morgan Austin - BioE'17
Penn State University
Uma Balakrishnan – BioE'17
University of Pittsburgh
Adam Balawejder - EE'08, '11
Curtiss Wright EMD
Robert Boback – ChE'05
Nova Chemicals
Dan Budny
University of Pittsburgh
Eileen Burke – BioE'16
R&Q Solutions
Karen Bursic – IE'84, '87, '90
University of Pittsburgh
Dave Gau – BioE'11
University of Pittsburgh
Juan Ibarra
Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.
Cynthia Jampole – CEE'84
Trans Associates Engineering Consultants, Inc.
Mark Jeffrey – ChE'00
U. S. Steel
Dave King
Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation
Ray Kovacs - EPhys'09, MSEE'10
Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.
Frank Kremm
Cerner Healthcare
Michael Larson-Edwards – CE'08
A. Martini & Co
Ryan Lauer - COE'09
Net Health
Mahi Mandala
University of Pittsburgh
Irene Mena Lora
University of Pittsburgh
Petros Neofotistos – CEE'08
John B. Conomos, Inc.
Joseph Neubert - CEE'14
Independence Excavating, Inc.
Jennifer Nolan-Kremm- MSCE'05
AECOM
Kenneth Norris  - IE'91, '15
Summa
Zack Ramsey - ChE'14 MSIE'16 MBA'16
Solvay
Michael Reinhart – IE'11
FedEx Supply Chain
Eliza Porterfield Roman
Solar Turbines
Scott Roman
Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation
Natalie Rutkowski - BioE'16
Philips Respironics
Joseph Samosky
University of Pittsburgh
David V. P. Sanchez - PhD CEE'14
University of Pittsburgh
Rick Schaub - BSCHEM'89, '93, BioE'99
UPMC Life Changing Medicine
Dustin Schreiber - IE’12
PNC Bank
Kevin Shaffer – CEE'08
Aerotech, Inc
Mark Shearer - ChE'03
Westlake Chemical
Hannah Smith - BioE'14
Bayer
Dylan Soller
PennDot
Alex Sundermann
UPMC Life Changing Medicine
Richard Velan – EE'71
Applied Control Systems
Natasa Vidic – IE'08
University of Pittsburgh
Adam Walkowiak – CEE'07, '10
Michael Baker International
Max Wallack
GAI Consultants
Greg Wunderley – CoE'06
Bank of New York Mellon
Katrina Zougari
ALung Technologies


Conference Chair Award Winners

The School of Engineering would also like to recognize the special effort that a number of the past chairs have contributed to the conference. These individuals have been a part of the conference for an extended period of time and have given above and beyond the typical activities of a session chair. Each year we award a new member to this group of individuals. Past and present winners of this special award are listed below.

John Andes – ME'82
Rolls-Royce
Nicholas Andes – ME '08, '12
Rolls-Royce
Fred Azinger
Westinghouse
Adam Balawejder – EE'08, '11
Curtiss Wright EMD
Robert Boback – ChE '05
Nova Chemicals
Megan Boerio Ved - ChE '08
Tetra Tech NUS, Inc
Luis Bon
O’Donnell Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Bob Brooks
Eaton Corp
John Broscious
Pittsburgh Chapter, PSPE
Brooke Budny - ME'10
Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory
Andrew Deao - CEE'04, '08
Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Dave Gau – BioE'11
University of Pittsburgh
Tom Gerlowski – CEE'08, '13
Westinghouse Electric Company
Louis Gualtieri - CEE'08
HDR
James Hayes - ME'93
Becktel Marine Propulsion Corporation 
Juan Ibarra
Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.
Mark Jeffrey - ChE'00
U. S. Steel
Ray Kovacs – ME'09, EE'10
Powerex
Frank Kremm
Siemens Healthcare
Robert Lorence – BSIE’99, MBA’05
PNC Bank
Laura Lund -Bio'00
ALung Technologies, Inc.
Jennifer Nolan-Kremm - MSCE'05
AECOM
Michael Reinhart – IE'11
FedEx Supply Chain
Rick Schaub - BSChE'89, 93, BioE'99
UPMC Life Changing Medicine
Don Schock
Arthur Schock Engineers/CJL Engineering
Dustin Schreiber – IE'12
Gateway Health
Hannah Smith - BioE'14
Bayer
Richard Velan – EE '71
Applied Control Systems
Thomas Wester – CE ‘71, ‘75
Dominion Resources
Greg Wunderley – CoE ‘06
Rolls-Royce

2018 Conference Co-Chairs

The School of Engineering would also like to recognize and thank the conference co-chairs for their participation in this event; their efforts were essential to the success of the conference. Each Co-Chair meet with the students in their session every week to help prepare the students for the conference.

Tristan Abraham Ryan Becker
Alyssa Bell Marade Bergen
Samuel Birus Grace Bova
Michaela Chew Jenna DeLozier
Caroline Denniston Evan Emanuel
Sophie Engel Pete Eyre
Cailyn Hall Anthony Jacob
Mariam Khalil Jonathan Klan
Kyle Kosinski Claire Kraft
Kelly Larson Jamie Laughlin
Conrad Li Steven Lotinsky
Elizabeth Lyman Nicholas Malagari
Ashley Martier Jacob Meadows
Sabrina Nguyen Rahul Ramanathan
Angela Rees Daniel Sauder
Meara Sedlak Alyssa Srock
Grace Watson Lauren Williams
Desmond Zheng

2018 Writing Center and Bevier Engineering Library

The Swanson School of Engineering would also like to recognize and thank the Bevier Engineering Library and English Department faculty who direct and staff the English/Freshmen Engineering Writing Program (E/FWEP). Working together with the Freshman Engineering Program faculty, the E/FWEP and the Engineering Library have been instrumental in developing the Conference Paper research and writing process. The University of Pittsburgh Writing Center also provides students with ongoing writing guidance and support.

Writing Center

Bevier Engineering Library Staff
Beth Bateman Newborg, Director Judy Brink, Head of the Engineering Library
Amanda Brant Alice Doolittle, Library Specialist
Keely Bowers Diana Waters, Library Specialist
Janine Carlock Diana Dill, Instructional Designer
Michael Cornelius   
Barbara Edelman   
Libby Ferda   
Emelyn Fuhrman   
Deb Galle   
Nancy Koerbel   
Katy Rank Lev   
Julianne McAdoo   
Tyler McAndrew   
Dan Mcmillan   
Rachel McTernan   
Renee Prymus   
Josh Zeleznick   
Janet Zellmann   

2018 Swanson School of Engineering Computer Services

Finally, The Swanson School of Engineering would like to recognize and thank the Swanson School of Engineering Technology group for their support in providing technical assistance during and before the conference.

Brian Vidic, Director
Kenny Doty Nathan Pearce

Disclaimer

This paper partially fulfills a writing requirement for First Year (Freshman) Engineering students at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering. This paper is a student, not a professional, paper. This paper is based on publicly available information and may not be a complete analyses of all relevant data. If this paper is used for any purpose other than these authors’ partial fulfillment of a writing requirement for First Year (Freshman) Engineering students at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, the user does so at his or her own risk.