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Master Builders’ Association Awards $15,000 to Pitt Civil Engineering Students

MBA AwardPITTSBURGH (February 7, 2018) … The Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. (MBA) and the Construction Advancement Program (CAP) honored three University of Pittsburgh students with $15,000 in scholarships at the MBA’s Annual Membership Reception. All three students belonged to the Swanson School’s undergraduate Civil Engineering Program and focus on Construction Management.

The top prize of $10,000 went to Alexander Citerone, and second place went to Nicole Bell and Kate Lundy, who were in a statistical tie and split awards of $2,500 at the annual banquet on January 19 at the Duquesne Club in downtown Pittsburgh.

“Construction Management encompasses a broad skill set capable of meeting modern challenges in building, and rebuilding, public and private infrastructure,” said John T. Sebastian, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Pitt. “These are some of the most remarkable students at the University, and we’re grateful for the MBA’s and CAP’s investment in their success.”

Mr. Sebastian joined Pitt in 2015 as the inaugural McKamish Construction Management Director. In addition to developing an undergraduate concentration in Construction Management, the Directorship established the MS in Civil Engineering with a Construction Management Focus at Pitt, which emphasizes managerial decision-making in an engineering context.

The MBA and CAP have awarded nearly $180,000 in annual scholarships to Pitt students since 1998. The scholarship program began through a collaboration between CAP and Pitt Engineering that identified Construction Management as a critical area of focus to improve the skills and marketability of Pitt graduates as well as the quality of engineers entering the workforce after graduation.

About CAP
The Construction Advancement Program is a service organization established in 1961 via the collective bargaining agreements between the MBA and the various building trade unions. The primary function of CAP is to provide services benefiting all persons, management, and labor alike, who earn their living in union construction.

About the MBA
Since 1886, MBA contractors have set the standard in Western PA for construction excellence by investing in a skilled workforce, implementing award-winning safety programs, and offering the best management expertise. For more information on the MBA, please call 412-922-3912 or visit www.mbawpa.org


Above image: Alexander Citerone (left) and Kate Lundy (right) at the Master Builders' Association Annual Membership Reception

Author: Matt Cichowicz, Communications Writer

Contact: Paul Kovach