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Feb. 17: Carnegie Mellon's Deborah Lange Named To Head Prestigious Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania

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Carnegie Mellon's Deborah Lange Named To Head
Prestigious Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania

LangePITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Deborah A. Lange has been named the 123rd president of the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP).

Lange, executive director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, will host the society's annual banquet featuring legendary Titanic explorer Robert D. Ballard at 7:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 17) at Heinz Field.

"As the new ESWP president, it is my goal to develop engineering-focused educational programs that will provide mentoring and guidance to K-12 students, teachers and counselors," Lange said. "Ballard's Jason Project programs for young scientists and his popular children's books, along with his discoveries of lost ocean liners and warships, help us bring attention to the importance of science and engineering in our daily lives," Lange added.

Lange said she also wants to elevate the role of engineers in the local economy and promote engineering as a career path. She is also director of The Western Pennsylvania Brownfields Center, which serves as a vehicle to enhance the growth of brownfields cleanup and development throughout the region.

"The ESWP is very fortunate to have such a talented engineer and researcher to be the 123rd president of the society," said Anthony DiGioia, past president of the ESWP and an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon. "Deb will smoothly execute the society's goals of promoting continuing education for all practicing engineers, and strengthen our drive to entice more school-age children to become interested in engineering as a career."

In addition to being a registered engineer, Lange is on the board of directors of the Heritage Community Initiative in Braddock. She received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1979. She earned a master's degree in 1982 and a Ph.D. in 2001 in civil and environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon.

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Pictured above is Deborah A. Lange, executive director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research.