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ORONO — Eight University of Maine-educated engineers, including a UMaine Facilities Management project manager and the founder of a high-tech business based on his student research, will join UMaine’s prestigious Francis Crowe Society as distinguished engineers on Friday, Dec. 15. The induction is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium in the Engineering and Science Building.
Francis Crowe Society Distinguished Engineers are UMaine graduates who have achieve notable success in engineering careers and significant contributors to their communities. The society is named for Crowe, a 1905 UMaine graduate whose accomplishments included the construction of 19 major dams in the Western U.S. between 1904 and 1944.
The society is open to all UMaine engineering graduates. In addition to the eight new Distinguished Engineers, Friday’s ceremony will include recent graduates, some 50 of whom have been invited to the event.
“UMaine engineering has a long and proud history,” says Dana Humphrey, the college’s interim dean. “From the days when Frank Crowe was engineering the great dams that changed the face of the American west through today, our graduates have made a real difference. The new Distinguished Engineers are outstanding role models for our current students. We are proud of their accomplishments as leaders in business and academia.”
Listed alphabetically, the new Distinguished Engineers are:
Christopher Frank, CEO and Founder of Intelligent Spatial Technologies, Inc., a business he developed from his UMaine engineering research
Victor Jipson, Vice President of Systems and Solution Engineering, Adaptec, Inc.
Carolyn McDonough, Project Manager, University of Maine Facilities Management
Wendy Porter, Director of Environmental Management, InterfaceFABRIC
Kenneth Priest II, President, Kenway Corporation
Timothy Sommers, Project Engineer, Pizzagalli Construction
A. Richard Viannozi, a faculty member at Wentworth Institute of Technology
David Walker, Corporate Facilities Engineer, InterfaceFABRIC