University of Pittsburgh
March 10, 2002

Pitt Engineering School Honors Seven Alumni March 14 Banquet Lauds Achievements in Business, Research

Contact:  412-624-4147

March 11, 2002

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering will honor Richard Madden as its 2002 Distinguished Alumnus, and six individual engineering departments will recognize one outstanding graduate each at the 2002 Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet Thursday at the William Pitt Union.

The banquet's 6:15 p.m. reception will be followed by a 7 p.m. dinner. Tickets are $60 and include a $20 tax-deductible contribution to a merit scholarship fund for engineering students. Reservations may be made by calling 412/624-9813.

Madden, who earned the bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Pitt in 1956, is a cofounder of The Future Fund, a venture capital company that invests in start-up technology businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Future Fund has helped 13 businesses increase financial gains while creating new jobs throughout the area.

"Richard Madden's successful career as an engineer has allowed him have significant impact on the economy Southwestern Pennsylvania by investing in start-up businesses so that they can grow to the next stage," says Gerald D. Holder, USX Dean of Engineering at Pitt. "Madden's distinguished career in engineering and current philanthropic efforts make him an excellent choice as the School of Engineering's Distinguished Alumnus for 2002."

Madden also cofounded Computerm Corporation, which became one of the first and most successful technology companies in Pittsburgh. Madden was its CEO from 1991 until 2000, when the company was sold to Inrange Technologies Corporation. Computerm dealt with channel extension products—more than 1,100 Computerm systems are installed throughout the world.

The six individual departments and the alumni they are honoring follow.

The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering is honoring H. Baird Whitehead, president of Penn Virginia Oil and Gas Corporation of Houston, Tex., and executive vice president of Penn Virginia Corporation of Philadelphia. Whitehead earned the bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering from Pitt in 1972.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will recognize Michael H. Dufalla, district engineer of the 12th Engineering District, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Dufalla received the bachelor of science and master of science in civil engineering degrees from Pitt in 1966 and 1970 respectively.

The Department of Electrical Engineering will honor Herman E. Reedy, vice president and general manager of quality and engineering at II-VI Incorporated, Saxonburg, Pa. Reedy received the bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Pitt in 1975.

The Department of Industrial Engineering is recognizing William B. Mallin, general counsel of Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott, LLC, in Pittsburgh. He received the bachelor of science in industrial engineering degree from Pitt in 1975 and his law degree from Harvard University in 1958.

The Department of Materials Science Engineering is honoring Mary Grace Burke, advisory scientist and engineer at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory of Bechel Bettis Incorporated. Burke received the bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering from Pitt in 1976 and the Ph.D. degree from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering will recognize Harvey L. Cupp, retired acting chief engineer of the Naval Engineering Center. Cupp received the bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Pitt in 1940.

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