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Contact: Chriss Swaney
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For immediate release:
February 19, 2002

Carnegie Mellon's Jay Apt To Receive Award For Significant Contributions To Engineering

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Jay Apt, a distinguished service professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, will receive the prestigious Metcalf Award for significant contributions to the engineering field in Western Pennsylvania. The Metcalf Award , established in 1963, is the highest award presented by the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP). He will receive the award Feb. 20, 2002 at the Pittsburgh Hilton Hotel.

Apt, who spent 21 years in the space program and has logged more than 30 days in space, is also a managing director and chief technology officer of iNetworks LLC, an early stage venture capital firm specializing in technology company startups.

"The Metcalf Award for Lifetime Achievement in engineering is one of the highest honors I have received in my career, and I am very grateful to the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania for choosing me as the 2002 recipient, " Apt said. "In recognizing my early work in computer control of large mechanical systems, the space system design and operations work, and the recent work with technologies such as mobile robots, the EWSP has really honored all those in this region who are extending the understanding of engineering in many sectors." The award is named after ESWP's founding president, William Metcalf.

Granger Morgan, head of Carnegie Mellon's Department of Engineering and Public Policy, said Apt is an outstanding candidate for the Metcalf Award. "In addition to his many contributions at NASA, the Carnegie Museum and local high-tech community, he continues to make contributions to engineering research and education as an active member of our faculty," Morgan said.

Apt graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1971 and earned his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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