Annual Engineering Awards Banquet
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

More than 520 guests attended the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania’s (ESWP) 130th Annual Banquet on Wednesday, February 19 at Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The evening began with a special reception held in honor of Barry J. Schoch, P.E., (Secretary of Transportation, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) who was awarded the 2014 William Metcalf Award. The “Metcalf” is named in honor of ESWP’s first President, and has been awarded annually since 1963 for lifetime achievement.  Generous sponsorship provided cocktails and hors d ’Oeuvres, along with piano music performed by John Loverti. A number of past Metcalf recipients attended the reception to welcome the newest member of their exclusive club, along with members of the ESWP Board of Directors and other special guests.

During the social hour, banquet attendees were able to browse a silent auction table filled with many one-of-a-kind items donated by our members and other supporters of the ESWP. Proceeds from the silent auction support ESWP’s student outreach programs.

Master of Ceremonies Rick Sebak opened the program introducing the members of the ESWP Executive Committee and Guest Speaker Steve Blass, who were seated on the dais. Before dinner service, vocalist Jeff Jimerson performed the National Anthem and Thomas E. Donatelli provided the invocation.

Dinner was a delicious filet of beef and breast of chicken, finished with a dessert of a chocolate pyramid filled with crème anglaise.

After ESWP 2nd Vice-President Robert Ward announced auction winners, ESWP Past Presidents were introduced, including Tom Donatelli. Donatelli was presented with the (immediate) Past President’s Plaque for his service to ESWP.  The presentation of the Awards of Excellence started with Dean Gerald Holder of the University of Pittsburgh presentation of the George Washington Prize, awarded to Michael Nites.

ESWP 1st Vice-President Dan Cessna announced the recipients of the 2013 Project of the Year Awards, as listed:

  • Transportation Category, the Meadow Lands Interchange Project, S.R. 0079, Section P10 in Washington County, PA
  • Industrial Category, the U. S. Steel Clairton “C” Coke Oven Battery, in Clairton, PA
  • Commercial Category, the J&L Tunnel Modification Project in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Sustainability Category, The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Cessna then presented the Engineer of the Year to Jeffrey J. Campbell who received a standing ovation following his heartfelt acceptance speech.

ESWP President Charles Toran then presented the President’s Engineering Excellence Award to Dr. Alan Russell of Carnegie-Mellon University.  Dr. Russell has contributed significantly to the interface between the fields of chemistry, biology, and material science and as such is an ideal recipient of this award.

The final award of the evening was then given to Mr. Schoch, who expressed his sincere appreciation and asked all guests to consider who inspired them in life, and to strive to inspire others in a similar fashion.  Schoch received a standing ovation at the conclusion of this comments.

Sebak then introduced the guest speaker of the event, former Pittsburgh Pirate Steve Blass. Steve took the attentive audience from his early days as a Pirate rookie, through his outlook for the 2014 season.  Blass, too received a standing ovation of applause. One lucky guest at each table was awarded a copy of Blass’s book “A Pirate for Life” and Blass stayed to fulfill each one requesting a book signing.

Earlier in the evening, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald presented Mr. Schoch with a proclamation commemorating the award.

View the Program here

Silent Auction Results


Pitt Alumni Chair

T. Mushesko

University of Pittsburgh,
Swanson School of Engineering

IPad Mini

B. Bartels

KU Resources, Inc.


Four (4) Lexus Club tickets, Pirates vs. Reds
April 23, 2014

M. Gogol

PJ Dick Corporation


Five (5) Tickets - Penguins vs. Coyotes - March 25, 2014 with access to Lexus Club

P. Kovach

Matrix North American Construction, Inc.


Golf Package - Outing for four; basket of golf items and golf shirt

D. Morrison

Totteridge Golf Club; SMS Siemag; ESWP


Dine Around - $25 to Panera; $25 to Cheesecake Factory; $25 to Mad Mex; $25 to 17th Street Grill; $50 to Monterey Bay Fish Grotto and Dinner for two on the Gateway Clipper Fleet

T. Wiltrout

SMS Siemag; Mad Mex; 17th Street Grill; Monterey Bay Fish Grotto; Gateway Clipper Fleet


Steaks, Bourbon and Cigars Ten (10) 10 oz. Prime New York Strip Steaks, Aged Bourbon and cigars

D. Spence

C.A. Curtze Company; Sargent Electric; ESWP


Family Fun - Four passes to the Children's Museum; two passes to the Carnegie Science Center; four passes to the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History; Annual Family Membership to Phipps and four passes to Just Ducky Tours.

T. Wiltrout

Pittsburgh Children's Museuem; Carnegie Science Center; Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History; Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Inc.; Just Ducky Tours


Pittsburgh Field Club Golf Outing Foursome and Lunch with Alex Sciulli

J. Skvarla

Alex Sciulli


Honus Wagner Team Photograph

B. Marshall
Stetson Convention Services

Dan Marino Autographed Photo Book

T. Zagorski
Stetson Convention Services