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Pitt Alumnus Thomas Dudash gifts $1 million to support Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at the Swanson School

PITTSBURGH (August 13, 2018) … Thomas F. Dudash, a University of Pittsburgh alumnus who earned his bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering in 1960, has donated $1 million to Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering. The gift will support his degree program’s successor, the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS).

Mr. Dudash graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1960. In his wildest dreams, he never imagined that he would accumulate, much less give away, a million dollars. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in metallurgical engineering, Tom enjoyed a lifelong career with Allegheny Ludlum. The education he received at the University of Pittsburgh opened a whole world of opportunity to him. Tom wishes to share his success with the next generation. His recent $1 million gift to the Swanson School of Engineering will provide tremendous benefits to the faculty and staff of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.

“This generous gift will greatly bolster capabilities within MEMS Department’s main research thrust areas, particularly advanced manufacturing and design, an area that aligns well with Mr. Dudash’s interests during his metallurgist career at Allegheny Ludlum,” noted Brian Gleeson, the Harry S. Tack Chair Professor and MEMS Department Chair. “The equipment that will be purchased will serve both graduate and undergraduate education. The legacy that will stem from Mr. Dudash’s gift will be significant and sustaining, and quite impactful for years to come.”

“Our alumni pride themselves on being known as Pitt Engineers, and share a wonderful devotion to the Swanson School. We are honored when individuals like Mr. Dudash return that fervor with a gift that supports the education of future Pitt Engineers,” said Gerald D. Holder, U.S. Steel Dean and Distinguished Service Professor. “His generosity is an investment in the success of student education, faculty research, and academic excellence.” 


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