Nick Kuhn, CBO of ALung, receives the 2012 Carnegie Science Center Start-Up Entrepreneur Award

2 February 2012 Awards, Recent News

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today Carnegie Science Center announced the winners of its 2012 Carnegie Science Awards, sponsored by Eaton Corporation.

“These award winners exemplify how STEM education can lead to world-class innovation”

Carnegie Science Center established the Carnegie Science Awards program in 1997 to recognize and promote outstanding science and technology achievements in western Pennsylvania. Celebrating its 16th year, the Carnegie Science Awards have honored the accomplishments of more than 300 individuals and organizations that have improved lives through their commitment and contributions in science and technology.

“Our nine-year relationship as premier sponsor of the Carnegie Science Awards has provided us the opportunity to really see firsthand the global impact of the science and technology industry in western Pennsylvania,” said Richard D. Holder, president, electrical components for Eaton Corporation’s Electrical Sector. “We are proud to be part of this prestigious recognition program.”

“The Carnegie Science Awards program helps fund Science Center exhibits and educational programs that provide an interactive science experience,” said Ron Baillie, Henry Buhl, Jr., Co-Director of Carnegie Science Center. “With our new Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development at the Science Center, we are hoping to inspire the next generation of Carnegie Science Award winners.”

“These award winners exemplify how STEM education can lead to world-class innovation,” said Ann Metzger, Henry Buhl, Jr., Co-Director of Carnegie Science Center. “We are proud to recognize so many outstanding companies, individuals, students, and educators.”

Student awardees will be selected at the Pittsburgh Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF) March 30-31.

Awardees will be honored during a formal celebration at Carnegie Music Hall on May 11, 2012. Keynote speaker for the ceremony is Emmy and Peabody-Award winning journalist, Robert Bazell, NBC News Chief Science and Health Correspondent.

2012 Carnegie Science Award recipients include:

Advanced Manufacturing Award
Adam Polcyn, PhD; Andrew Wagner, PhD; Paul Ohodnicki, PhD; Paul A. Medwick, PhD
PPG Industries, Inc.

Advanced Materials Award
Eric J. Beckman, PhD
University of Pittsburgh

Catalyst Award
Illah Nourbakhsh, PhD
Carnegie Mellon University

Corporate Innovation Award

Elementary Level Educator Award
Paul Treacy
Armstrong School District

Middle Level Educator Award
Margaret Ritson
Franklin Regional School District

High School Educator Award
Jodi King
Chartiers Valley High School

University / Post-Secondary Educator Award
Melissa Bilec, PhD and Amy Landis, PhD
University of Pittsburgh

Leadership in STEM Education*
Math & Science Collaborative
Nancy Bunt

Catalyst for Professional & Community Education*
Evan “Jake” Waxman, MD, PhD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

University/Post-Secondary Student Award
Douglas Nelson
University of Pittsburgh

Emerging Female Scientist Award
Lillian Chong, PhD
University of Pittsburgh

Start-Up Entrepreneur Award
Nick Kuhn

Entrepreneur Award
Henry Thorne
Thorley Industries

Environmental Award
Tom Joseph
Epiphany Solar Water Systems

Information Technology Award
David Sharbaugh
Smart Room

Life Sciences Award
Joel Schuman, MD
University of Pittsburgh

Science Communicator
Timothy Puko
Pittsburgh Tribune Review

*New Award for 2012*

2012 Carnegie Science Award Honorable Mentions include:

Corporate Innovation
Seegrid Corporation

High School Educator
James Cassandro
North Hills School District

University/Post Secondary Student
Sam Rothstein
University of Pittsburgh

Start-Up Entrepreneur Award
Tracy Brown
Evil Genius Designs

Saul Shiffman, PhD

Greg Lowry, PhD
Carnegie Mellon University

Emerging Female Scientist
Shelly Anna, PhD
Carnegie Mellon University

Science Communicator
Lou Kilzer
Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Science Communicator
Pierina Morelli
WQED Multimedia

About Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region to motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs. For more information, visit

About Eaton Corporation

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2011 sales of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 73,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit


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