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Conference Sponsors and Chairs

2016 Conference Sponsors

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

A. Martini & Co
A&A Consultants
A. Martini & Co
AECOM
Aerotech, Inc
Applied Control Systems
Arthur Schock Engineers
Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc.
Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation
Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory
BWXTechnologies
Cerner Healthcare
Curtiss Wright EMD
Engineers Without Borders – Pittsburgh Chapter
GE Energy Connections
Gateway Health
HDR
Heinz Foundation
John B. Conomos, Inc.
Michael Baker International
Noble Energy
NOVA Chemicals - Beaver Valley Site
Pittsburgh Chapter, PSPE
Powerex
R&Q Solutions
Rolls-Royce
RPA Engineering
Senate Engineering
SIEMENS Industry Inc.
Summa
Taktl, LLC
Tetra Tech NUS, Inc
Thermo Fisher Scientific
University of Pittsburgh
UPMC Life Changing Medicine
UPS
US Department of Veterans Affairs
US Steel
Westinghouse Electric Company
Williams
Zoll LifeVest

2016 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 Megan Boerio – ChE’08 – Tetra Tech NUS, Inc, John Broscious – MSCE’58 - Pittsburgh Chapter PSPE, Brooke Budny - ME'10 - Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, and James Hayes – ME’08 - AECOM

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
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.
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

Frank Kremm
Siemens Healthcare
Robert Lorence – BSIE’99, MBA’05
PNC Bank
Laura Lund -Bio'00
ALung Technologies, Inc.
Jennifer Nolan-Kremm - MSCE'05
STV, Inc.
Don Schock
Arthur Schock Engineers/CJL Engineering
Richard Velan – EE '71
Applied Control Systems
Thomas Wester – CE ‘71, ‘75
Dominion Resources
Greg Wunderley – CoE ‘06
Rolls-Royce

2016 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.

Jared Andes Morgan Austin
Michelle Banas Chase Barilar
Allison Bundy Erin Carlson
James Clarke Brian DeRuschi
Elyse Dumas Paul Enick
Mikayla Ferchaw Riddhi Gandhi
Emelyn Haft Julie Hartz
Colleen Hilla Sarah Ireland
Emily Irwin Anita Jain
Summer Jiries Kaitlin Keene
Makenzie Kunig
Ryan Lacy
Jessie Liu
Rachel Lukas
Kyler Madara
Jayne Marks
Saundria Moed Jennifer Orie
Garrett Ott
Andjelka Potkonjak
Jacalyn Sharp
Taylor Shippling
Alyssa Srock
Brian Urbaniak
Aaron Wannemacher Andrew Westpy
Ryan Winner

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
Keely Bowers Anne Schwan, Public Service Librarian
Amanda Brant Diane Waters, Library Specialist
Janine Carlock
Michael Cornelius
Kathleen Davis
Barbara Edelman
Libby Ferda
Emelyn Fuhrman
Diane Kerr
Nancy Koerbel
Tim Maddocks
Julianne McAdoo
Dan Mcmillan
Rachel McTernan
Renee Prymus
Josh Zeleznick
Janet Zellmann

2016 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.