The Carnegie Science Center announced the winners of its 2014 Carnegie Science Awards, sponsored by Eaton, at its annual Announcement Reception.
The program honors awardees from more than 20 categories, including Corporate Innovation, Emerging Female Scientist, Entrepreneur, Leadership in STEM Education, and others. These individuals and companies have distinguished themselves by making unparalleled contributions to science and technology in various disciplines.
This year, the Science Center is conferring its highest commendation, the Chairman’s Award, on Jared L. Cohon, former president of Carnegie Mellon University, and Mark A. Nordenberg, chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh.
“These two individuals have had an unparalleled impact on our region’s scientific vitality,” said Ann Metzger, Henry Buhl, Jr., Co-Director of Carnegie Science Center. “As concurrent leaders of two great local universities, President Cohon and Chancellor Nordenberg forged an unprecedented relationship of mutual respect and collaboration, which has helped open the door to a new era of scientific exploration, entrepreneurial strength, and academic excellence in Pittsburgh.”
Carnegie Science Center established the Carnegie Science Awards program in 1997 to recognize and promote outstanding science and technology achievements in western Pennsylvania. Celebrating its 18th year, the Carnegie Science Awards have honored the accomplishments of more than 400 individuals and organizations that have improved lives through their commitment and contributions in science and technology.
“The Carnegie Science Awards spotlight some of the most innovative minds today,” said Ron Baillie, Henry Buhl, Jr., Co-Director of Carnegie Science Center. “These individuals are making a global impact starting with our own region. We know they are already inspiring a new generation of leaders. One of our central missions is to promote education in science, technology, engineering, and math–or STEM. The Carnegie Science Awards winners exemplify the highest levels of success in STEM fields and in STEM education. We are proud to recognize these outstanding awardees and look forward to their continued contributions.”
“Eaton has supported the Carnegie Science Awards through a premier sponsorship for the past 11 years and has seen remarkable leaders and organizations recognized for their contributions to science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Mark Horner, senior manager, Global Communications, Electrical Sector, Eaton. “We congratulate Carnegie Science Center, and all of the winners and nominees, for their commitment to discovery, innovation, and education.”
Awardees will be honored during a formal celebration at Carnegie Music Hall on Friday, May 9, 2014. Three student winners, who will be selected at the Science Center’s 75th annual Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair, also will be recognized.
WINNERS, in addition to Cohon and Nordenberg:
Advanced Manufacturing – Fred Patterson, Kennametal Inc.
Advanced Materials – Jay Whitacre, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University
Catalyst – Richard V. Piacentini, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden
Corporate Innovation – Center for Innovation in Restorative Medicine, UPMC
Elementary Educator – Danielle Kephart, Divine Redeemer School
Middle Level Educator David Andrews, Butler Area School District
High School Educator – Dale Moll and Tim Linkenheimer, Blackhawk High School
Leadership In STEM Education – Michael T. Lotze, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
University / Post-Secondary Educator – Thomas D Eatmon, Jr., Allegheny College
University/ Post-Secondary Student – Taylor D. Canady, Carnegie Mellon University
Emerging Female Scientist – Peijun Zhang, PhD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Start-Up Entrepreneur – Don Charlton, The Resumator
Entrepreneur – Christine Robins, BodyMedia
Environmental - Xu Liang, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
Information Technology – Ron Bianchini, PhD, Avere Systems
Life Sciences – Angela Gronenborn, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
Science Communicator – Elaine Vitone, Pitt Med magazine
Elementary Educator- Carol Fraser, Highlands School District
High School Educator – Brian E. Ludwig, Riverview School District
University/ Post-Secondary Educator- Steven Abramowitch, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering
Start-Up Entrepreneur – Jay Whitacre, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University
Start-Up Entrepreneur – William J. Federspiel, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine
Entrepreneur – Jesse Schell, Schell Games
Entrepreneur – Luis von Ahn, Duolingo
Environmental – Ravi Chidambaran, Aquatech International Corporation
Science Communicator – Mary Ann Thomas, Trib Total Media