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UMaine Francis Crowe Society Inducts Four

The University of Maine College of Engineering’s Francis Crowe Society recently inducted four new members.

Inducted as Distinguished Engineers were Malcolm “Mac” Knapp, Vaughn Wildfong and Lynda Kay Knapp Fredette. Patricia Cummings was inducted as an Honorary Engineer.

Kingfield native and 1956 mechanical engineering graduate Knapp is retired after a career in the automotive industry working with fuels, lubricants, small airplane engines and powertracks for battle tanks and other military vehicles.

Wildfong of East Longmeadow, Mass. and vice president of sales and technology at JohnsonFoils/Paperchine, Inc., earned a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1992, an M.S. in civil engineering in 1993 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1998. He has spent his career in the papermaking industry.

Fredette received a B.S. in civil engineering in 1984 and has worked in the civil and environmental engineering field. She currently is with Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut.

Cummings of Bangor and a 1989 UMaine journalism graduate and honorary member of the Class of 1944 served as director of development for the College of Engineering for the past five years, and was named an honorary engineer. She is now associate vice president for development and alumni relations at UMaine.

Civil engineer Francis Crowe, a 1905 graduate of the University of Maine, went on to oversee construction of 19 of the largest dams in the Western United States, including the Hoover Dam.

Contact: Victoria Blanchette, (207) 581-2204

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