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Engineers' Society of Western Pa. honors Swanson School alumnus and students at annual awards banquet

PITTSBURGH  (February 23, 2012) … This year's winners of the George Washington Prize and the William Metcalf Award were announced last night, February 22, at the 128th Annual Engineering Awards Banquet presented by the  Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania

The George Washington Prize recognizes seniors within the Swanson School of Engineering who display outstanding leadership, scholarship and performance as determined by a committee of eight professional engineers and faculty. Michael Krajcovic , a senior in civil and environmental engineering, was named the 2012 award recipient. Finalists were Robert Kosarowich , majoring in bioengineering and political science with minors in chemistry and economics; and Julianne Fatula , chemical and petroleum engineering with minors in bioengineering and chemistry.

The George Washington Prize was named after the first President of the United States and First Engineer, to reinforce the importance of engineering and technology in society, and to sustain and enhance the visibility of the engineering profession. The winner receives a cash award of $2,500, and an additional $7,500 Dean's Fellowship if the recipient attends graduate school full-time at the Swanson School of Engineering. First and second runners-up receipt a $2,500 Dean's Fellowship. 

Bernard Fedak, P.E. , Project Executive at  Aker Construction Inc.  in Canonsburg, Pa.,was named the 2012 recipient of the William Metcalf Award. Mr. Fedek was graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1968 with a degree in mechanical engineering, and in 1973 with an MBA. The William Metcalf Award is presented annually by the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania to a very outstanding engineer who is a resident of the United States and whose field of engineering accomplishment relates to those fields normally associated with western Pennsylvania, such as steel, aluminum, power, coal, electrical equipment, chemical, glass, construction, etc. The award honors William Metcalf, a native of Pittsburgh and 1858 graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an engineer and draftsman at the Fort Pitt Foundry, and first President of the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania.

About the Society 
The Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania has provided a forum for the professional development and the facilities for the social interaction of its members for more than a century. The ESWP is chartered to advance the professions of engineering, architecture, and applied sciences through technical activities, public service participation and social organizations. It also supports the needs of industries, communities, and government in Western Pennsylvania. Since its founding in 1880 ESWP has continually served as a focal point for the area's engineering and technical community. At its inception, ESWP was created by a group of Pittsburgh's entrepreneurs and businessmen to promote social, technical, and business interaction in Western Pennsylvania. This vision has continued through the years as ESWP has grown and adapted to the changing technical needs of the community. The ESWP serves primarily as a catalyst to promote interaction throughout the technical community in Western Pennsylvania. Its more than 1000 members and 50 associated technical societies reflect the richness of the full spectrum of engineering and applied science disciplines.