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Conference Sponsors and Chairs

2017 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
Applied Control Systems
Axiall
Bank of New York Mellon
Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation
Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.
CDR Maguire
Cerner Healthcare
Curtiss-Wright EMD
Gateway Health
HDR
Heinz Foundation
John B. Conomos, Inc.
Michael Baker International
Naval Nuclear Laboratory

NOVA Chemicals - Beaver Valley Site
nobleenergyinc.com
PNC Bank
Powerex
R&Q Solutions
Rolls-Royce
Senate Engineering
SIEMENS Industry Inc. 
Summa
Taktl, LLC
Tetra Tech NUS, Inc
Thermo Fisher Scientific
University of Pittsburgh
UPMC
US Steel Corporation
ZOLL Medical Corporation

2017 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 for their continued service to the freshman conference. This year the award went to Adam Balawejder – EE’08, ‘11 - Curtiss Wright EMD, Dave Gau – BioE’11 - University of Pittsburgh, Ray Kovacs – ME’09, EE’10 - Powerex, Rick Schaub - BSChE'89, 93, BioE'99 - UPMC Life Changing Medicine, and Dustin Schreiber – IE’12 - Gateway Health.

Suyesh Acharya – BioE'13
R&Q Solutions
John Andes – ME '82
Rolls-Royce
Nicholas Andes – ME '08, '12
Taktl, LLC
Adam Balawejder - EE'08, '11
Curtiss Wright EMD
Robert Boback – ChE'05
Nova Chemicals
Megan Boerio Ved – ChE’08
Tetra Tech NUS, Inc
John Broscious
Pittsburgh Chapter, PSPE
Brooke Budny - ME'10
Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory
Dan Budny
University of Pittsburgh
Karen Bursic – IE'84, '87, '90
University of Pittsburgh
Amber Cesario – ChE’13
AECOM
Albert Cheng
Engineers Without Borders – Pittsburgh Chapter
Peter Dawida – CEE’07
A&A Consultants
Andrew Deao - CEE’04, ‘08
BWX Technologies
Michael Elisco
Senate Engineering
Calixto Garcia
University of Pittsburgh
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
Ben Hsu
Engineers Without Borders – Pittsburgh Chapter
Juan Ibarra
Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.
Mark Jeffrey – ChE'00
U. S. Steel
Dave King
Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation
Ray Kovacs - EPhys'09, MSEE'10
Powerex
Frank Kremm  
Cerner Healthcare
Michael Larson-Edwards – CEE’08
A. Martini & Co
Arash Mahboobin
University of Pittsburgh
Angela Mayer
Williams
Sovay McGalliard – EE’14  
GE Energy Connections
Irene Mena Lora
University of Pittsburgh
Christopher Mensah - IE '10, MBA '15
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Jonathan Meyers  - ChE'13
AECOM
Petros Neofotistos – CEE’08
John B. Conomos, Inc.
Jennifer Nolan-Kremm- MSCE ‘05
AECOM
Kenneth Norris  - IE'91, '15
Summa
Grace Owens – BioE’14
Zoll LifeVest
Leigh Pardun – IE’05
UPS
Anthony Pulleo  - BioE'14
R&Q Solutions
Michael Reinhart – IE’11
Thermo Fisher Scientific
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
Don Schock
Arthur Schock Engineers
Dustin Schreiber - IE’12
Gateway Health
Kevin Shaffer – CEE’08
Aerotech, Inc
Hannah Smith - BioE'14
R&Q Solutions
Ben Staud
Noble Energy
Richard Velan – EE'71
Applied Control Systems
Natasha Vidic – IE'08
University of Pittsburgh
Adam Walkowiak – CEE’07, ‘10
Michael Baker International
Greg Wunderley – CoE ‘06
Rolls-Royce


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.

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 
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
Rick Schaub - BSChE'89, 93, BioE'99
UPMC Life Changing Medicine
Don Schock
Arthur Schock Engineers/CJL Engineering
Dustin Schreiber – IE'12
Gateway Health
Richard Velan – EE '71
Applied Control Systems
Thomas Wester – CE ‘71, ‘75
Dominion Resources
Greg Wunderley – CoE ‘06
Rolls-Royce

2017 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.

Emily Adelsohn Kelly Appleton
Morgan Austin Michelle Banas
Iman Basha Ryan Becker
Marade Bergen Samuel Birus
Grace Bova Danielle Broderick
Kelly Donovan Matthew Eastburn
Mikayla Ferchaw Lauren Fox
Natasha Gilbert Emelyn Haft
Julie Hartz Nicholas Haver
Colleen Hilla Emily Irwin
Mary Kelly Abigail Kulhanek
Kelly Larson Harrison Lawson
Elinor Lou Rachel Lukas
Patrick Lyons Kyler Madara
Jacob Meadows Lindsay Pietz
Andjelka Potkonjak Michelle Riffitts
Daniel Sauder Ryan Schwartz
Julie Shields Madeline Spiegel
Alyssa Srock Annalee Woods
Sara Zahorchak

2017 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 Ashley Sowa, Liaison Librarian
Josh Calvasina Diana Waters, Library Specialist
Janine Carlock  
Michael Cornelius  
Barbara Edelman  
Libby Ferda  
Emelyn Fuhrman  
Diane Kerr  
Nancy Koerbel  
Josh Lapekas  
Julianne McAdoo  
Dan Mcmillan  
Rachel McTernan  
Anjali Sachdeva  
Josh Zeleznick  
Janet Zellmann  

2017 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
Richard Colwell Kenny Doty
Dave Cotter Chase Melius
Lindsey Cullars John Butt
Matt Gliem 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.