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Tops in engineering

The Rochester Engineering Society will honor leadership and excellence in local engineering this month. The society has announced the finalists and winners of its annual engineer awards. Brian Thompson, provost emeritus of the University of Rochester, was named Engineer of the Year, and Sherwin Damdar, project leader, expansion joints, at Garlock Sealing Technologies won the Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year award.
The awards are given to recognize engineers for outstanding professional achievements and community service and for activities that promote engineering excellence and leadership in the Rochester area.
This year’s finalists for the Engineer of the Year Award:

  • Bruce Boncke, CEO, BME Associates;
  • Jerry Cott, general manager, EMCOR Services Betlem;
  • Steven Griffith, managing partner, AppliedLogix LLC; and
  • Brian Thompson, provost emeritus, UR.

The finalists for the Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year Award are:

  • Eric Averill, lead engineer, Harris RF Communications;
  • Sherwin Damdar, project leader, Garlock;
  • Christopher Feuerstein, senior electrical engineer, Harris RF Communications;
  • Jeremy Gerevics, technology team leader, Parker Hannifin GTFSD; and
  • Marina Tharayil, senior research scientist, Xerox Corp. 

Finalists and winners will be recognized April 28 at the Engineering Society’s 110th annual gala at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The keynote speaker will be Brian Sampson, executive director of Unshackle Upstate. The YellowJackets, an a cappella group from the University of Rochester that appeared on NBC’s "The Sing Off," will perform.
The society also will give scholarships to local high school and college students.
Founded in 1897, the society works to promote and strengthen engineering in the Rochester region. RES recognizes excellence, innovation, cooperation, professional growth and fellowship in the engineering, scientific and allied professions.

The section that follows takes a look at each award finalist.

4/20/12 (c) 2012 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.


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