Engineering is one of the Rochester area’s economic strengths. This month, local leaders in the field are being honored for their work by the Rochester Engineering Society, April 26, at Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
The society, founded in 1897, has held a gala since 1903 to recognize local engineers for outstanding professional achievements and community service. It also lauds activities that promote engineering excellence and leadership in the Rochester area.
This year’s Engineer of the Year is Maureen Valentine, associate dean and professor, College of Applied Science and Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology. Courtney Reich, operations manager for NOHMs Technologies Inc. at Trison Business Solutions Inc., is the Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year award recipient.
Five Engineers of Distinction also are being recognized:
Walter Cooper, New York State Regent Emeritus;
Allen Casey, M/E Engineering;
Jay Friedrich Kunzler, Bausch + Lomb Inc., and
Diane Trentini, Optimation Technology Inc.
John Papponetti of LaBella Associates and Stephen Percassi Jr. of Bergmann Associates P.C. are finalists for Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year.
The society also will award over $35,000 in scholarships to local high school and college students.
Eight Beat Measure, an a cappella group from RIT, will perform.
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