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Traditional gala honors best in local engineering

Rochester has a long tradition as an engineering town: It is the key driver for hundreds of businesses and the focus of internationally respected college programs.

Local leaders in the field are being honored this month for their work by the Rochester Engineering Society. The society, founded in 1897, has held a gala since 1903 to recognize local engineers for outstanding professional achievements and community service. It also applauds activities that promote engineering excellence and leadership in the Rochester area.

The annual awards are slated to be presented at the society’s 114th gala on April 16 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The society also will be awarding scholarships to area students.

The Engineer of the Year Award and the Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year Award recognize engineers for outstanding professional achievements, community service and active promotion of engineering excellence and leadership in the Rochester area.

Being honored as Rochester Engineer of the Year is Robert Clark Jr. Clark is dean of the University of Rochester Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and UR senior vice president for research. He is involved in establishing the AIM Photonics manufacturing headquarters in Rochester.

Matthew Sidley is the Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year. Sidley was a senior electrical engineer at Harris RF Communications before enrolling last fall in the MBA program at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. At Harris, Sidley led the university relations team and volunteer activities, and he mentored college seniors.

Evert Garcia, engineering assistant with the town of Brighton, was the finalist for the Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year award. Engineer of distinction awards go to Matthew Fronk, alternative energy consultant and former director of the fuel cell research lab at General Motors Corp.; James McIntosh, Rochester city engineer; and Dennis Sugumele, energy consultant formerly with Dominion Transmission Inc.

4/8/2016 (c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.


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