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Swanson School of Engineering honors 2013 Distinguished Alumni at annual awards banquet

PITTSBURGH  (April 5, 2013) … Over 200 faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the Swanson School of Engineering gathered last night to recognize this year's Distinguished Alumni Award recipients at the School's annual banquet in the University of Pittsburgh's Alumni Hall. Gerald D. Holder, US Steel Dean of Engineering, presented awards honoring alumni from each of the School's six departments, as well as for the Swanson School overall. 

This year's recipients included:
Swanson School of Engineering Distinguished Alumnus
George W. Whetsell, BSIE '72, MSIE '73, MPH '75
Managing Partner, Prism Healthcare Partners LTD

Department of Bioengineering Distinguished Alumna
Gina E. Bertocci, BSME '83, MSME '91, PhD BioE '97
Endowed Chair of Biomechanics and Professor, Bioengineering Department, University of Louisville

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Distinguished Alumnus
Nai-Chiu "Joseph" Lai, PhD CHE '73
Chairman and Co-founder, Fastgen Corporation

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Alumnus
Tamas S. Tanto, BSCE '67
President, Tanto International Golf

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Distinguished Alumnus
Alvin L. Hillegass, BSEE '49
Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, Camp Hill Corporation and Retired Group Vice President-Steel, U.S. Steel

Department of Industrial Engineering Distinguished Alumnus
Venkatesh "Venki" Padmanabhan, MSIE '87, PhD IE '91
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, English Indian Clays Limited

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Distinguished Alumnus
Tony Treser Jr., BSMEE '61
Retired President, Beaver Steel Services, Inc.


Contact: Paul Kovach