Allegheny Conference to Win Science Center's Chairman's Award


PITTSBURGH, March 16, 2016 ― Carnegie Science Center today announced that the Allegheny Conference on Community Development will be awarded the 2016 Chairman’s Award at the Carnegie Science Awards ceremony to be held May 6 at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. The Chairman’s Award is the highest honor conferred at the event and will recognize the Conference for its unparalleled impact in transforming the Pittsburgh region through public-private partnerships that create fertile ground for the growth of science and technology achievement.


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 20th year in 2016, Carnegie Science Awards have honored the accomplishments of more than 400 individuals and organizations that have improved lives through their commitment and contributions in science and technology.

The 2016 Carnegie Science Awards, presented by Eaton, will laud awardees from more than 15 categories, including Corporate Innovation, Emerging Female Scientist, Entrepreneur, and Leadership in STEM Education. These individuals and companies have distinguished themselves by making unparalleled contributions to science and technology in various disciplines. The Chairman’s Award is not an annual award, but is bestowed only to recognize great merit.

“The Pittsburgh region’s success as an incubator of science and technology is thanks in large part to the dedicated work of the Allegheny Conference,” said Ruppert Russoniello, president, Circuit Protection Division, Eaton, and Carnegie Science Awards Event Chair. “Through its partnership model and collaborative approach, the Allegheny Conference has improved the region’s environment and economy so that we now are seen as a model for re-invention and progress. Eaton is honored to be a part of this vibrant community.” 

The Allegheny Conference strives to improve the economy and quality of life of the 10 counties of southwestern Pennsylvania. In its early years, the Conference leaders focused on creating a better place that would help the region attract and retain talent. Working closely with the public sector, the private sector-led Conference tackled environmental issues, air quality, water quality, flood control and urban redevelopment, all to engineer the first “Renaissance” that helped make the Pittsburgh region one of America’s “most-livable” places.

With the restructuring of the region’s industrial economy in the 1970s and ‘80s, the Conference led and supported regional efforts to transform the economy into diverse, technology-intensive, knowledge industries. Other initiatives nurtured the region’s arts and culture, including support for libraries, museums and a science center that are creating a next generation STEM workforce. Today, the Conference’s Regional Investors Council, representing more than 320 of the region’s largest employers, supports strategies that connect people to opportunity, doing it as always by following a philosophy of “leadership through partnership.”

“We developed the Carnegie Science Awards program to spotlight science and technology achievement in our region,” said Ann Metzger, Henry Buhl, Jr., Co-Director of Carnegie Science Center. “We are excited to honor the Allegheny Conference for its leadership in our region. We also look forward to announcing other 2016 winners over the next few weeks -- science leaders and educators who help position our region among the foremost technology and energy innovation centers in the world.”

 “One of our central missions at the Science Center is to promote STEM education and to help fill workforce gaps in our region, many which require STEM-skilled workers,” said Ron Baillie, Henry Buhl, Jr., Co-Director of Carnegie Science Center. “We know that the Carnegie Science Award winners are an inspiration to young people as they think about their own career aspirations.” 

Eaton has supported Carnegie Science Awards for more than a decade as presenting sponsor. Chevron is the Awards’ prime sponsor.

Awardees will be honored during a formal celebration at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland on Friday, May 6, 2016. Three student winners, who will be selected at the Science Center’s 77th annual Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair, also will be recognized.

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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 and 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.

About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Founded by Andrew Carnegie 120 years ago, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.3 million people a year through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.