ESWP/WQED Video - Available for Purchase
Premiered April 10, 2008 at 8 PM on WQED
ESWP Commemorative History Book
Learn ESWP's history from the early days through the present
in this commemorative anniversary book.
Professionally written to capture history through research
Edited by the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation
Includes a CDROM of the ESWP's 50th Anniversary Book "Pittsburgh"
at no additional cost.
Purchase a copy on-line for $95 includes shipping.
ESWP 7 Minute Video presentedat the 125th Anniversary Banquet
Enjoy this 7 minute video that provides a brief history and future
outlook of Western Pennsylvania's proud heritage of engineering
This video produced by Rick Sebak and WQED Multimedia.
October 26, 2005
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
The Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania celebrated 125
years of service to the engineering community at a Fundraising Dinner
on Wednesday, October 26 in the grand setting of Pittsburgh’s David
L. Lawrence Convention Center. Almost 1,100 guests attended the event,
which featured WQED’s Rick Sebak as the Master of Ceremonies and
one of Pittsburgh’s favorite sons- author and historian David McCullough
as the Guest Speaker. The event began in high style with a Silent Auction
that offered almost 100 items, ranging from signed sports memorabilia
to getaway weekends. The Auction Coordinator, Margaret Manges was very
pleased with the response to the Auction, where guests browsed and placed
bids during the social reception prior to dinner. “People really
were impressed with the auction tables, and given the assortment and variety
of items donated by our generous sponsors, it was a hit!” said Manges.
Strolling violinist Ron Molinaro provided the entertainment.
The call to dinner at 6:40 was welcomed by the
guests who were eager to see the premiere of a special video produced
by WQED Mulitmedia for the ESWP Anniversary dinner. For the video, Producer
Rick Sebak interviewed a number of ESWP members to capture the spirit
of the Society and what it has meant to the members who belong, but also
to the community at large and the engineering profession. The video featured
members Alex Sciulli, Carl Angeloff, Deb Lange, George Tannehill, Tony
DiGioia as well as Tim Palucka and Sherie Mershon who are charged with
writing the 125 year history of ESWP for a February 2006 book. “What
a thrill it was to hear the familiar voice of Rick Sebak exploring the
ESWP. The video instantly raised my expectations of the evening,”
commented one guest.
Following the military presentation of our Nation’s flag and the
booming rendition of the Star Spangled Banner performed by Thomas Octave,
Allegheny County Chief Executive Officer, Dan Onorato proclaimed October
26, 2005 as “Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania Day”
throughout Allegheny County. Mr. Onorato also presented a letter from
Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, who offered his congratulations
to the ESWP upon the 125 year milestone and extolled the Society’s
service to the betterment of the Commonwealth. Alex Sciulli offered the
invocation, prior to dinner, which featured a petite filet mignon and
split breast of chicken as the entrée that was enjoyed by all guests.
Following dinner, dignitaries of ESWP were introduced, including the
ESWP Board of Directors and Special Advisory Council, Past ESWP Presidents
and Metcalf Award recipients, as well as the students who were guests
of many firms that sponsored their attendance. Then emcee Sebak introduced
David McCullough with some personal insights to the delight of the gathering.
McCullough, famous for his literary works, such as “The Great Bridge”
and “The Path Between the Seas”, along with his latest work
“1776”, was welcomed with hearty applause. Throughout his
almost-sixty minute delivery, the audience sat in perfect silence to enjoy
this master storyteller. His perfect blend of patriotism, inspiration
and admiration, along with an appreciation for our past, was woven together
with thoughts on our present day world. Following the presentation, McCullough
entertained questions from the audience before staying on to personally
sign copies of his books until everyone was satisfied.
The evening was a fine celebration of ESWP’s 125th Anniversary
and a start to the three-year program of events planned by the Society
to continue to promote and encourage interest in the engineering profession.
The Reception at Heinz History Center
Anthony M. DiGioia Jr., Ph.D., P.E., 125th Anniversary
Co-Chair (left), David McCullough, Guest Speaker (center), and Alex
G. Sciulli, PE, 125th Anniversary Co-Chair (right)
David McCullough is introduced to Tony and Carole
DiGioia (right) by David Teorsky, ESWP General Manager (center)
George F. Babcoke, ESWP Board Member (left) and Rick
Sebak, Master of Ceremonies (right)
ESWP President, Michael G. Bock, P.E., Esq. (left),
and ESWP Secretary, Deborah A. Lange, Ph.D., P.E., DEE (center)
with Rick Sebak (right)
ESWP member, Fred Griffin (left), Michael Bock (center)
and Daniel J. Tis, ESWP Board member (right)
The Silent Auction & Reception
Guests browse more than 80 items on the Silent Auction during the
Guests were entertained by violinist Ron Molinaro.
1,100 guests enjoyed an exciting event at the David L. Lawrence
Presentation of Colors by Pittsburgh's Military Entrance Process
Proclamation of "Engineers' Society of Western
Pennsylvania Day" on October 26, 2005 by Dan Onorato, Allegheny
County Chief Executive
Honored guests seated at the head table from left to right: David
McCullough, Rick Sebak, Alex Sciulli, Tony DiGioia, Jr. and Michael
Guest Speaker, David McCullough, Author-Historian
Michael G. Brennan, P.E., 125th Anniversary Committee member applauds
David McCullough graciously autographs books after
ANTHONY M. DIGIOIA JR., Ph.D., P.E.
DiGioia & Associates, LLC
ALEX G. SCIULLI, P.E. (Fundraising Committee)
Mellon Financial Corporation
125th Anniversary Committee
MICHAEL G. BOCK, P.E., Esq.
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
MICHAEL G. BRENNAN, P.E. (Heinz History Center Exhibit)
BERNARD J. FEDAK, P.E. (Fundraising Dinner Committee)
DEBORAH A. LANGE, Ph.D., P.E., DEE (WQED Video Project)
Carnegie Mellon University
A. ROBERT NECCIAI, P.E. (Carnegie Science Center Programs)
Orbital Engineering, Inc.
CARL W. SCHWARTZ (Advisory Council Liaison)
Westinghouse Electric Company
DANIEL J. TIS (Publicity)
S/D Engineers, Inc.
125th Anniversary Advisory Council
Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center
HOWARD J. BRUSCHI
Westinghouse Electric Company
JUDITH B. CUNNINGHAM
Allegheny Intermediate Unit
Green Building Alliance
Carnegie Mellon University
JOANNE E. HAAS
Carnegie Science Center
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
University of Pittsburgh
Heinz Regional History Center
Calgon Carbon Corporation
County of Allegheny
National Development Corporation
ARTHUR ZIEGLER, JR.
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation