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Seven alumni to be honored at 48th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet

PITTSBURGH  (March 22, 2012) … Seven alumni from six engineering disciplines will be recognized for their accomplishments in and contributions to engineering at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering 2012 Distinguished Alumni Banquet. This year's fete will be held Thursday, March 29 with a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh Alumni Hall, 4227 Fifth Avenue. For more information call 412-624-6816 or e-mail  gvp@pitt.edu .

This year's recipients include:

Swanson School of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award
Wilson J. Farmerie (BSME '68)
Chairman (Retired)
RedZone Robotics

Department of Bioengineering Distinguished Alumni Award
Robert F. Labadie, PhD (PhD '95)
Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Vanderbilt University

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award
Nicholas J. Liparulo (BSChE '71, MSChE '74)
Senior Vice President
Westinghouse Nuclear Services

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award

Ronald J. Bonomo (BSCE '66)
Chief Operating Officer (Retired)

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award
John D. Husher (BSEE '58)
Vice President and General Manager (Retired)
Micrel Semiconductor

Department of Industrial Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award

Kenneth D. Burnside (BSIE '74)
AKJ Industries, Inc.

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Distinguished Alumni Award
Raymond J. Labuda (BSME '72)
Vice President of Tire Technology
Hankook Tire Co., Ltd

"These individuals have excelled in their respective fields of engineering, and the Swanson School is honored to recognize them for their accomplishments," noted Gerald D. Holder, US Steel Dean of Engineering. "Our distinguished alumni also provide great inspiration to our current students, who one day will mark their own accomplishments as successful Pitt engineers."

About the Swanson School of Engineering
The University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering is one of the oldest engineering programs in the United States. The Swanson School has excelled in basic and applied research during the past decade and is on the forefront of 21st-century technology, including energy systems, sustainability, bioengineering, microsystems and nanosystems, computational modeling, and advanced materials development. Approximately 120 faculty members serve more than 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students in six departments, including bioengineering, chemical and petroleum engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering and materials science. For the two most-recently reported consecutive years, 2009 and 2010, the Swanson School has had the second-highest percentage of doctoral degrees awarded to women in North America, according to the American Society for Engineering Education.