11, 2019) … This year’s Distinguished Alumni from the University of Pittsburgh
Swanson School of Engineering have worked with lesson plans and strategic
plans, cosmetics and the cosmos, brains and barrels and bridges. It’s a diverse
group, but each honoree shares two things in common on their long lists of
accomplishments: outstanding achievement in their fields, and of course,
graduation from the University of Pittsburgh.
This year’s recipient for the Department of Industrial
Engineering is Kevin D. Braun, BSIE ’90, MBA, Vice President of Industrial
Coatings at PPG.
The six individuals representing each of the Swanson School’s
departments and one overall honoree representing the entire school gathered at
the 55th annual Distinguished Alumni Banquet at the University of Pittsburgh’s
Alumni Hall to accept their awards. James R. Martin, US Steel Dean of
Engineering, led the banquet for the first time since starting his tenure at
Pitt in the fall.
“Our Industrial Engineering program is the second oldest in
the U.S., and one of the top ten public programs. It has graduated outstanding
IEs throughout its history, and Kevin is no exception,” says Dean Martin. “What
especially is remarkable about Kevin is his understanding of disruption, and
how it affects change, both good and bad. The coatings industry is no different
in this regard.”
About Kevin D. Braun
Kevin D. Braun earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial
Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Business
Administration (MBA) degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
Mr. Braun joined PPG, in 1991 as a Production Engineer at
the Coatings Manufacturing Facility in Delaware, Ohio. He joined the industrial
coatings business in 1994 as a Sales/Service Representative in the Appliance
Division. In 1997, he moved to the fiber glass business, serving as a Market
Development Manager before returning to industrial coatings in 2000 as a Market
Manager in Consumer Electronics. In 2001, he became a Regional Sales Manager
for Industrial Coatings.
Starting in 2003, Mr. Braun joined the architectural
coatings business as a National Sales Manager for the Lowe’s account. He held
this position until 2007 when he was named the Zone Sales Director for Midwest
Dealers and Stores. Later that year, Mr. Braun relocated to Sydney, Australia
as a General Manager of Architectural Coatings, ANZ (Australia and New
Zealand). He was appointed the General Manager of Silica Products in 2011, then
promoted as the Vice President of Global Raw Materials and Americas Purchasing
in 2013. He has been in his current position as Vice President of Industrial
Coatings since 2013.
For the past three years, Mr. Braun has served
on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and sits on
the business development and nominating sub committees.
Contact: Maggie Pavlick