In conjunction with our National Engineers Week program, it is our goal each year to recognize an exemplary engineer and an outstanding project from the Western Pennsylvania region. To that end, a Special Awards Committee has been established within the ESWP elected Board of Directors and will make selections based upon the criteria as listed below, and included on the nomination forms. Awards will be presented in a ceremony during the ESWP Annual Banquet in February. The attention that these awards bring will highlight the important contributions engineers make to our society. It is the hope that these awards will represent a meaningful impetus in attracting the best minds to the field and encouraging those in the field to excel at their work.
2013 Award Nominations now being accepted.
Nomination Form can be found here.
Origin of the Metcalf Award
The Board of Direction of the Society at a meeting held on October 31,
1962 formally approved the following resolution concerning the William
It is proposed that the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania make
an annual award to a very outstanding engineer who is a resident of the
United States and whose field of engineering accomplishment relates to
those fields normally asssociated with Western Pennsylvania, such as steel,
aluminum, power, coal, electrial equipment, chemical, glass, construction,
It is proposed that this award be named the William Metcalf Award in
honor of a great engineer and the first President of our Society.
A Stainless Steel plaque, approximately 12 X 14 inches, bearing a likeness
of the head of William Metcalf will be properly engraved and presented
to the recipient at the Annual Banquet of the Society.
A committee, consisting of seven members of the Society, is to be appointed
by the President and to include the President, Chairman of the Entertainment
Committee, and five members who are ranking engineering executives of
major Pittsburgh industrial engineering enterprises, at least five of
whom shall be or have been members of the Board of Direction. The purpose
of this committee shall be to select the candidate for the Award each
William Metcalf Biography
William Metcalf was born in Pittsburgh on September 3, 1838. Both his
father, Orlando Metcalf, and his mother, whose maiden name was Constance
D. Fries, were descendants of the very early settlers of this country.
After graduating from Pittsburgh public schools and Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute in Troy, New York (1858), he returned to Pittsburgh to become
an engineer and draftsman at the Fort Pitt Foundry. In one year he became
the general superintendent and held this position throughout the Civil
War, although he was not yet thirty. It was his guiding genius which made
the Fort Pitt Foundry one of the great manufacturing centers for heavy
guns and projectiles for the armies of the North in the Civil War. Fort
Pitt Foundry was one of the leading makers of armor plate and heavy ordnance
for the Union. It was armor plate from this Foundry which was used on
the ironclad steamers built at Philadelphia. The Foundry furnished the
government with 1,193 cannon, 15 percent of the total supplied during
the war. In 1868, Mr. Metcalf went into the steel business, in which he
continued for many years, not giving up active management until about
Manufacture of crucible steel was largely pioneered in the United States
by William Metcalf. He was one of the organizers of the Crescent Steel
Company in 1889, specializing in fine crucible steels, and developing
many of the processes for improvement.
William Metcalf was one of the leading practical experts in the field
of mechanical and heat treatment of steel during the period prior to 1900.
He was author of numerous scientific papers and leader in engineering
circles. His book, "Steel, A Manual for Steel Users," published
in 1896 awas widely used.
In addition to being the first President of the Engineers' Society of
Western Pennsylvania, Mr. Metcalf was President of the Duquesne Club (1881-2),
President of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, President of
the Homeopathic Hospital of Pittsburgh, and member of the American Society
of Civil Engineers, Ameican Society of Mechanical Engineers, British Institute
of Civil Engineers and the Episcopal Church. William Metcalf passed away
in 1909 at the age of 71.
William Metcalf Award Recipients
2013 Alex G. Sciulli, P.E.
2012 Bernard J. Fedak
2011 John Swanson, Ph.D.
2010 William L. "Red" Whittaker
2009 Stephen R. Tritch
2008 Gerald D. Holder, Ph.D.
2007 Robert H. Luffy
2006 Jared E. Cohon, Ph.D., P.E.
2005 Paul C. Rizzo, Ph.D., P.E.
2004 Allen D. Biehler, P.E.
2003 John Mascaro
2002 Jay Apt, Ph.D.
2001 Paul J. Wilhelm
2000 Joel I. Abrams, Ph.D.
1999 Anthony F. Lisanti
1998 Dr. Anthony DiGioia, Jr.
1997 Harold Hall
1996 Dr. Alfred C. Ackenheil, Jr.
1995 Francis H. Bricmont
1994 Gerald E. McGinnis
1993 Thomas J. Usher
1992 Thomas A. McConomy
1991 Robert B. Pease
1990 Konrad M. Weis
1989 James C. Fletcher
1988 Edward J. Slack
1987 Douglas D. Danforth
1986 Richard P. Simmons
1985 Fletcher L. Byron
1984 William N. Poundstone
1983 Robert Dickey
1982 Robert E. Kirby
1981 Elio D’Appolonia
1980 W.H. Krome George
1979 Charles F. Hauck
1978 Thomas C. Graham
1977 Edgar B. Speer
1976 John K. Beidler
1975 John M. Arthur
1974 I.W. Wilson
1973 Donald C. Burnham
1972 Col. Willard F. Rockwell
1971 Edwin H. Gott
1970 G. Albert Shoemaker
1969 John D. Harper
1968 Carl B. Jansen
1967 Stephan M. Jenks
1966 K.C. Heald
1965 E.J. Hanley
1964 Admiral Ben Moreell
1963 Walker Lee Cisler
ESWP Engineer of the Year Awards Recipients
ESWP’s Engineer of the Year Award was created in 1998 to recognize individuals who have significant technical and professional accomplishments which contribute to the engineering profession. These individuals are active in civic and community affairs, hold membership in ESWP, or an affiliated technical society or member company, and possess a Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree from Engineering School or 5 years work experience in a recognized engineering position. No members of the Engineer’s Week Committee are eligible for this award.
- 2012 Thomas G. Leech, P.E., S.E.
- 2011 Ray N. Walker, Jr.
- 2010 H. Daniel Cessna, P.E.
- 2009 Colonel Michael P. Crall
- 2008 Lawrence J. Lennon, P.E., D.WRE
- 2007 G. John Kurgan, P.E.
- 2006 Charles M. Russell, Jr., P.E.
- 2005 Eric J. Beckman, Ph.D.
- 2004 Fred Reginella, P.E.
- 2003 John E. Coyne, P.E.
- 2002 Thomas E. Kennedy
- 2001 Andrew L. Beamon, P.E.
- 2000 Anthony M. DiGioia III, M.D.
- 1999 Werner C. Loehlein, P.E.
ESWP President's Engineering Excellence Award Recipients
The ESWP President’s Engineering Excellence Award was created in 2010 to recognize individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to advance the practice of engineering, or the engineering profession, while they, themselves might not be an engineer. Nominations are brought by the ESWP Board of Directors and the recipient is chosen by a vote of the Board. This award is presented at the discretion of the Board, and may not be awarded on an annual basis.
- 2011 ASSET, Inc.
(Achieving Student Success through Excellence in Teaching)
- 2010 Chip Ganassi
ESWP Project of the Year Awards Recipients
- 2012 Commercial: UPMC East Hospital
- Owner: UPMC
- 2012 Remediation: BNY Mellon Center Exterior Remediation
- Owner: BNY Mellon Bank
- 2012 Industrial: Houston Natural Gas Processing Plant
- Owner: MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources, LLC
- 2012 Transportation: North Shore Connection
- Owner: Port Authority of Allegheny County
- 2011 Sustainable: Zero Liquid Discharge for FGD Wastewater
- Owner: ENEL
- 2011 Commercial: David Lawrence Convention Center Riverfront Plaza - Owner: Pittsburgh Sports & Exhibition Authority
- 2011 Industrial: Whitely Substation Withstands Mine Subsidence
- Owner: West Penn Power/First Energy
- 2011 Transportation: PA Turnpike Reconstruction from Irwin to New Stanton - Owner: PA Turnpike Commission
- 2010 Commercial: 3 PNC Plaza Presented to Astorino / PJ Dick
- 2010 Transportation: SR 19, Section A-27, West End Improvement Project
Presented to: Michael Baker, Jr., Inc. & PennDOT District 11-0
- 2010 Civil: Taum Sauk Upper Reservoir Dam Restoration Project
Presented to: Paul C. Rizzo Associates, Inc. and AmerenUE
- 2009 Children’s Hospital - Owner: UPMC; Architect/Engineer: Astorino and the Parkway Missing Ramps Owner: PennDOT; Engineering Consultant: Michael Baker Corporation; Contractor: Balfour Beatty
- 2008 I-35W Bridge Replacement Minneapolis, MN - Owner: Minnesota Department
of Transportation; Designer: FIGG Bridge Engineers; Contractor: Flatiron-Manson,
- 2007 Transportation Category: Pyandzh River Bridge Project - Governmental
Construction Authority: USACE - Afghanistan Engineer District &
TransAtlantic Programs Center; Engineering & Design, On-Site Consulting
Agent for USACE: Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
- 2007 Industrial Category: "C" Blast Furnace Rebuilding Project
- Owner: SeverStal North America; Primary Design Professional: ATSI,
Inc.; Construction Manager: Graycor; Other Project Team Members: Paul
Wurth, Inc., ATAC Engineering, Inc., Hatch, Amerex, Quattro Associates,
Inc., Siemens VAI, The Thomas Group, Total Equipment Company, Woodings
Industrial Corporation, SNC-Lavalin America, Inc.
- 2007 Commercial Category: Phipps Conservatory Expansion Project -
Owner: Phipps Conservatory; Construction Manager: Turner Construction
Co.; Project Architect: IKM
- 2006 Transportation Category: Findlay Connector Highway
Owner: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
- 2006 Commercial Category: BioMedical Science Tower 3 (BST3)
Owner: University of Pittsburgh
- 2005 Industrial Category: AP1000 Nuclear Reactor
Owner: Westinghouse Electric Company
- 2005 Transportation Category: Erie Bayfront Connector Highway
Owner: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Engineer: GAI Consultants
- 2004 Public Works Category: Hurricane Ivan Flood Emergency
Road Repair Projects
Owners: Pennsylvania DOT Engineering District 11-0
Allegheny County Department of Public Works
Construction Manager: Michael Baker Corporation
- 2004 Transportation Category: Stage II Light Rail Transit System Project
Owner: Port Authority of Allegheny County
Engineer/Designers: URS Corporation, CDM, Parsons Corporation
Construction Managers: Gannett-Fleming, Inc., DMJM+Harris, Inc.
- 2004 Industrial Category: Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation
Electric Arc Furnace
Owner: Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation
Engineer: R.T. Patterson Company, Inc.
Construction Manager: Continental Design & Management
- 2004 Commercial Category: UPMC Sports Performance Complex
Construction Manager: Mascaro Construction Company, L.P.
- 2003 Commercial Project: David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Owner: Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny
Architect: Rafael Vinoly Architects, PC
Construction Managers: Joint Venture of Turner Construction, P.J. Dick
and ATS-CHESTER Engineers, Inc.
- 2003 Transportation Project: Fort Pitt Bridge and Tunnel Rehabilitation
Owner: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Lead Engineer: HDR Engineering, Inc.
Contractor: Trumbull Corporation
- 2003 Heavy Construction Project: Saluda Dam Remediation
Owner: South Carolina Electric & Gas Company
Engineer: Paul C. Rizzo Associates
Contractor: Barnard Construction Company
- 2002 Environmental Reclamation Project: Summerset at Frick Park Project
Public/Private Developer: Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
Private Developer: Summerset Land Development Associates
Design Professional: GAI Consultants, Inc.
- 2002 Transportation Project: I-70 to PA 51 Project as part of the
Mon Fayette Expressway
Owner: PA Turnpike Commission
Design Manager: Michael Baker Jr Inc.
Construction Manager: Trumbull Corporation
- 2002 Heavy Construction Project: Braddock Dam
Owner: US Army Corps of Engineers
General Contractor: JA Jones/Traylor Bros.
- 2001 Transportation Project: West Busway
Port Authority of Allegheny County
Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
- 2001 Commercial Project: PNC Park
Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh & Allegheny County
L.D. Astorino Companies
Barton Malow/Dick Corporation
- 2000 Commercial Project: PNC Firstside Center
PNC Financial Services Group
LDA - L.D. Astorino Companies
- 1999 Industrial Project: Rio Dam Project
Southern Energy of New York
Paul C. Rizzo Associates
- 1999 Commercial Project: St. Francis Hospital
LDA - L.D. Astorino Companies
- 1998 Commercial Project: American Video Glass Co.
R.T. Patterson Company, Inc.
P.J. Dick Incorporated
- 1998 Industrial Project: Lake Erie Steel Company
Kvaerner Constructors, Ltd.
Kvaerner Engineering & Construction
Kvaerner Songer, Inc.
Outstanding Engineering Achievement
- 2001 Anthony J. DeArdo, Ph.D. & C. Isaac Garcia, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh, George Washington Award
- 2012 Suyesh Acharya
- 2011 Michael Krajcovic
- 2010 Laura Dempsey
- 2009 Patrick Vescovi
- 2008 Benjamin Gordon