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2012 Outstanding Alumnus of Penn State posthumously honored

From the left: Advisory Board Chair William Blaney, Gary DiNunno accepting the award on his father’s behalf, and Penn State Fayette Chancellor Dr. Francis Achampong.
10/19/2012 —

On Thursday, Oct. 18, a meeting of the Advisory Board of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus posthumously honored the 2012 Outstanding Alumnus of Penn State Fayette, Joseph DiNunno. This ceremony took place at the Uniontown Country Club.

Born in Uniontown, DiNunno attended Penn State Fayette from 1938 to 1940 after graduating from South Union High School. After completing two years at the Fayette campus, DiNunno transferred to University Park where he graduated with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering in 1942 and began his professional career as an electrical engineer with Westinghouse Electric Corporation. In 1954, DiNunno completed a master of science in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland.

During his lifetime, DiNunno was employed as head of Office of Environmental Affairs with the Atomic Energy Commission; vice president and general manager of the Environmental Safeguards Division; and Technical Director of the Environmental Systems Group at Nuclear Utility Services Corporation. He became an independent consultant in 1983, providing environmental and nuclear safety advisory services to both industry and the government before his retirement in 1992.

DiNunno was appointed to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board by President George Bush in 1992 and re-appointed in 1995 by President Clinton. He received the Secretary’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Service from the Secretary of Energy and the Administrator’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Service from the Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration. For his work in the nuclear profession, DiNunno will be remembered as the “Father” of Integrated Safety Management.

DiNunno established the DiNunno Family Memorial Scholarship to assist in making a Penn State education accessible and affordable to students from Fayette County.

Several members of the DiNunno family were in attendance for the presentation. The award was accepted by Gary DiNunno on his late father’s behalf.

The Outstanding Alumnus/Alumna of Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, established in 1985, honors former students of the campus whose subsequent professional achievement warrants special recognition by their Alma Mater.

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