The Rochester Engineering Society named Kevin Parker the 2009 Engineer of the Year and Nathan Gnanasambandam the 2009 Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year during its annual gala held Saturday at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
Parker is the dean emeritus of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Rochester and the William F. May professor of engineering in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.
Presenting the award to Parker was Wendy Smith, president of the Rochester Engineering Society and vice president of engineering at Optimation Technology Inc.
Gnanasambandam is a member of the research and technology staff at Xerox Corp. Presenting the award to Gnanasambandam was Satish Kandlikar, Gleason Professor of Mechanical Engineering at RIT and the 2008 Engineer of the Year.
The young engineer honor is endowed by the Gleason Foundation to annually recognize and honor the outstanding achievements of a Rochester-area engineer, 34 years of age or younger, in the early stages of their career.
The other finalists for Engineer of the Year were: Timothy Treadwell, research fellow at Carestream Inc.’s Health Research and Innovation Labs; Gary Passero, chairman and CEO of Passero Associates P.C.; and James McIntosh, city engineer for the city of Rochester.
The other finalists for Young Engineer of the Year were: Cheryl Cheng, image quality assurance engineer, Eastman Kodak Co.; Michael Walker, a mechanical engineering supervisor at Gleason; and Adam Cummings, a civil engineer with MRB Group Engineering, Architecture & Surveying P.C.
More than $40,000 in engineering scholarships were presented to 26 high school and college level students to encourage and support engineering as a career choice.
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