Penn State Fayette faculty member Dave Meredith receives service award
David B. Meredith, P.E., associate professor of general engineering at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, received the 2011 Marion Smith Service Award from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University.
The award honors Ohio State alumni who have contributed to their community, the university and/or society.
Meredith organizes a number of events at Penn State Fayette designed for middle and high school students, including E-Days, MathCOUNTS, Girrl Power!, Pi Day, JETS/TEAMS competition and Engineering Explorer Post 614 sponsored by McMillen Engineering. These annual events encourage students to explore careers related to science, technology, engineering and mathematical fields.
“It is real honor to receive this award, because I knew Dean Marion Smith when I was a student. He got me started giving talks to high school students about engineering and also started my teaching career when he made me an engineering tutor. Forty years later, I am still doing both,” says Meredith. “I am very excited to share information about STEM with members of the community, especially middle and high school students. Math truly is the universal language and, if I can convey how important this concept is to today’s youth, then that is reward enough for me.”
Award recipients were chosen by the Mechanical Engineering Alumni Recognition Committee, which includes faculty and members of the department’s external advisory board. The award is named after Marion Smith who earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1947 from Ohio State and went on to serve the college for more than 37 years as a faculty member and associate dean of the College of Engineering.