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The Swanson School presents alumnus Russell Corsi II with 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award for Industrial Engineering

PITTSBURGH (March 16, 2016) … More than 300 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 recipient for the Department of Industrial Engineering was Russell J. Corsi II, BSIE '70, MBA '76, President of Technical Autoglass Consultants.

"After graduating from Pitt, Russ worked with Rockwell International as a Manufacturing Engineer and would later begin an outstanding career with PPG Industries in 1973," Dean Holder said. "His work with automotive and flat glass, architectural metals and aircraft would eventually enable him and his business partners to establish a successful consulting firm, and a strong reputation throughout the industry."

About Russell Corsi
A 1970 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Russell Corsi earned a degree in industrial engineering, returning to school in 1976 for an MBA. He has worked professionally for more than 33 years in the private sector, 13 of which with PPG Industries as a methods engineer at its glass fabrication plant. His additional assignments spanned systems analyst, production control supervisor-aircraft (included ballistics-bullet resistant glass), and production control supervisor-Automotive.

In 1986 Mr. Corsi advanced at PPG to the position of Manager of Inventory Planning for Automotive Replacement Glass-Branch Distribution. He progressed through two other assignments, first as Marketing Manager and then as Distribution Manager of Automotive and Flat Glass. His next move was in 1991 as Regional Manager, Architectural Metals, where he was responsible for sales and facilities management.

Mr. Corsi’s final assignment with PPG Industries was in 1997 as Manager Technical Services. In addition to supporting PPG’s Automotive Replacement Glass products, both from a performance and application perspective, he had sales responsibility for aftermarket glass sold to GM, Chrysler, Ford, and Honda. He retired from a full-time position on January 3, 2005.

Mr. Corsi served on the Board of Directors for Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standards that oversees the only published ANSI-approved, standard that covers all aftermarket glass replacement.

Currently, Mr. Corsi is the President of Technical Autoglass Consultants, Inc. and serves as an expert witness evaluating the performance of automotive glazing products, evaluated glass products relative to safety performance, and providing general consulting knowledge in various aspects of the glass industry.

Mr. Corsi is active in his church, serving on the church Pastoral Council, singing in the choir, and serving on the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Mr. Corsi also serves as the Board Chair for PPG and Associates, and the Federal Credit Union.


Pictured above from left: Dean Holder, Russell Corsi, and Bopaya Bidanda, the Ernest Roth Professor and Department Chair of Industrial Engineering

Contact: Paul Kovach