The Rockland County Chapter of the New York Society of Professional Engineers award 2017 scholarships to eight students from Rockland County high schools this week.

The recipients for 2017 include:
· Karl Burnich – Nanuet High School
· Brian Joseph Camillieri – Nanuet High School
· Joseph Giachetti – Pearl River High School
· Breanah Khan – Nyack High School
· Andrea Mungroo – Nanuet High School
· Evan Muskopf – North Rockland High School
· Russell Jacobs – Tappan Zee High School
· Peter Zollinger – Clarkstown South High School

The scholarships are awarded annually to college-bound students who are pursuing an education in engineering. The Chapter has provided scholarships for over 110 students over the past 13 years.

The Rockland Chapter also recognized outstanding engineers in the County at the State Society annual awards ceremony on June 8, 2017 in White Plains, New York. This year the Rockland Chapter presented the following awards:

· Young Engineer of The Year: Eric Dahl, P.E. – Dahl joined Geiger Engineers in Suffern as a Design Engineer in 2009 after receiving his Bachelors and Master of Science degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has worked on the design of Sports and Recreation facilities through the United States, including the retractable roof at the USTA Louis Armstrong Stadium.

· Engineer in Government: Robert Gruffi, P.E. – Gruffi is the Rockland County Director of Facilities Management and is responsible for the operations, maintenance and capital improvements of all County buildings and properties. Gruffi received his B.S. from the State University of New York Maritime College and his M.S from Stevens Institute of Technology.

· Engineer in Education: Malcolm McLaren, P.E. – McLaren is the President and CEO of McLaren Engineering Group, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. McLaren earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and holds an M.S. in Structural Engineering from Rutgers University. He currently serves on the Civil Engineering Advisory Boards for both Cornell and Rutgers Universities. McLaren was a founder of the yearly Engineering EXPO which exposes high and middle school students to the engineering profession.

· Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. James J. Yarmus, P.E. — Yarmus has been a spokesman for the Engineering Community in New York State for more than 30 years. He has served the Rockland, State and National Professional Engineering Societies since 1981. The State recognized him when he was appointed to the Hudson Valley Board of Review and to the Code Council representing all New York professional engineers. He has been active in Engineers without Borders

· Engineer of the Year: William Gorlin, P.E. – Gorlin is recognized as a world-renowned expert in the design of stages, theaters, amusement rides and theatrical effects. He has worked on projects around the globe, from Macau to China to Singapore, North and South America, the Middle East and throughout Europe. His work includes the Dancing Cranes in Singapore, the world’s largest animatronic structure, the stage for Cirque du Soleil’s Ka at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, theme parks in Florida and work on over 100 Broadway shows. Bill Gorlin has worked with both international committees and the NYC Building Department to develop the requirements for temporary events to ensure public and performer safety.

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