Carnegie Science Awards

Innovators are all around us, and Carnegie Science Center is celebrating the achievements of local leaders on the cutting edge of scientific innovation, education and research with the 2018 Carnegie Science Awards, presented by Eaton.

The program honors awardees in more than 17 categories, including Corporate Innovation, Start-Up Entrepreneur, Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Emerging Female Scientist and Leadership in STEM Education. These individuals, companies and organizations have made outstanding contributions to science and technology in our region and, often, beyond.

“The Carnegie Science Awards applaud some of the most exciting leaders and innovators in our region’s science community,” said Ron Baillie, Henry Buhl, Jr., Co-Director of Carnegie Science Center. “They helped make Pittsburgh the technology hub it has become and inspire the young people who will become the next generation of professionals in the STEM fields of science, engineering, technology and math.”

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Ann Metzger, Henry Buhl, Jr., Co-Director of Carnegie Science Center, said the awards are an integral part of the mission of promoting STEM education, which will be energized later this year when the Science Center’s PPG Science Pavilion opens in June and provides additional state-of-the-art classroom space.

“Winners of the Carnegie Science Awards represent the pinnacle of excellence in STEM fields and STEM education,” Metzger said. “We are thrilled to recognize our amazing awardees and expect them to continue to do us proud with their accomplishments in the future.”

Through the support of committed sponsors, the Carnegie Science Awards program has honored the accomplishments of more than 550 individuals and organizations. Eaton is the presenting sponsor for the Carnegie Science Awards. Chevron is the prime sponsor.

“Eaton is honored to be part of this effort to recognize the students, educators and leaders in science who are contributing to our region’s revitalization,” said Ruppert Russoniello, President, Controls and Protection Division, Eaton. “These awardees are making the future better for all of us, and we are proud and thankful for their accomplishments.”

Awardees will be honored at an inspiring celebration Friday, May 4, 2018 at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland, along with the winner of the Chairman’s Award and three student winners from the Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair. The event features a strolling dinner, silent auction and an awards ceremony full of exciting stories. It features a rich networking platform while raising funds to support the Science Center’s education programs that identify, nurture and inspire the next generation of leaders in science and technology.

Chairman’s Award

Rich Fitzgerald,
Allegheny County Executive

Advanced Manufacturing and Materials

Albert To, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering

Corporate Innovation

Covestro LLC

Elementary Educator

Rebecca Colangelo, South Fayette Township School District

Middle Level Educator

Mary Collins, Peters Township
Middle School

High School Educator

Daniel Wagner, Greene County Career & Technology Center

University/Postsecondary Educator

James McGee, M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Leadership in STEM Education

Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences (PGSS) Campaign

Leadership in Career and Technical Education

Rob Barclay, Shawn Golden and Bob Mitchell, Greene County Career & Technology Center

University/Postsecondary Student

Shinjini Kundu, M.D., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Emerging Female Scientist

Kara Bernstein, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Robb Myer, Luke Panza, Richard Colvin and James Belt, NoWait

Start-Up Entrepreneur

Bryan Salesky, Argo AI


Terry Collins, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemistry

Information Technology

Tom Galluzzo, Ph.D., IAM Robotics

Innovation in Energy

Caine Finnerty, Ph.D., WATT Fuel Cell

Life Sciences

Peter L. Strick, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute

Science Communicator

Gina Catanzarite, Arania Productions