Swanson School of Engineering Honors Laura Livingston as its Distinguished Alumna in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Laura Livingston receives the 2020 MEMS Distinguished Alumna Award from Department Chair Brian Gleeson (left) and Dean Martin.
Postponed by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering's 61st Distinguished Alumni Banquet finally was celebrated Thursday, April 8, 2022 in the University Club. Laura A. Livingston BSMechE ‘81, MSIE ’85 received the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Distinguished Alumni Award. Livingston formerly was Key Accounts VP (retired) at Westinghouse and President (retired) at WesDyne.
“Laura's nearly 40-year career at Westinghouse is a testament to her diverse strengths in both mechanical and industrial engineering, and were critical to the company's nuclear power programs,” noted James R. Martin II, U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering. “She shares her rich expertise and engagement through the MEMS visiting committee, and is integral to helping us educate our students. We are honored to recognize her career and legacy of engagement.”
About Ms. Livingston
Laura Livingston is a Westinghouse Electric Company executive who retired in 2019 after 38 years, beginning as a Summer Intern at the Westinghouse Research and Development Department. She held positions of increased responsibilities that utilized her extensive relationship, leadership, and technical experience. Laura’s most recent position was Key Accounts Vice President responsible for providing executive interface with Westinghouse’s regional customers, partners, and suppliers by developing market strategies, identifying customer opportunities and execution accountability for the Americas Region customers.
Prior to this assignment, Laura was President of WesDyne International, a subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Company. WesDyne is a global supplier of state-of-the-art nondestructive examination (NDE) services for the power industry. WesDyne also worked with the Department of Energy to support various government programs such as down-blending of high enriched uranium. She was also the Customer Relations and Sales Vice President responsible for direct customer interface with Exelon and Public Service Enterprise Group and routinely interfaced with customer executives. She also was the Director of the Fuel Delivery and Contract Management organization. A position that worked with all fuel customers to negotiate and deliver on existing contracts for the Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel Organization.
Ms. Livingston holds a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical and materials science engineering and a master’s degree in industrial engineering (specializing in engineering management) from the University of Pittsburgh. She received a certificate from Duquesne University’s Women’s Executive Leadership Program and is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
She is currently on the Visiting Committee for the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, advising the chair on curriculum setting and industry news while providing real-world engineering experience. She is also consulting with the Nuclear Engineering Program and with the Center
Laura is a member of the NEI Women in Nuclear (WIN), the United Way Women’s Executive Leadership Council, and Westmoreland/Fayette County United Way. She is the Membership Vice president for the American Association of University Women in her local branch and volunteers at the Blessing Board and the Kentucky Project.
Laura is married with two daughters and three grandsons, and resides in Murrysville, Pa. She is active in her church, serving on the parish council, lecturing, and women’s guild.