Awards & More

Issue Date: 
March 22, 2017


Wanda M. AustinThe 53rd annual Distinguished Alumni Banquet brought together honorees from each of the Swanson School of Engineering’s six departments and one overall honoree to represent alumni from the entire school — Wanda M. Austin, retired president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation.

“The Swanson School Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes past recipients of the departmental awards who have excelled in their careers, who have been an inspiration to faculty and students at the Swanson School, and who through their accomplishments and capacity have had an impact on the next generation of Pitt engineers,” said U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering, Gerald D. Holder. “Wanda, for your incredible engineering career, and your dedication, not only to your employees but future engineers and scientists, we are proud to honor you.”


Kenyon R. Bonner

Washington & Jefferson College will honor alumnus Kenyon R. Bonner, vice provost and dean of students at the University of Pittsburgh, with its 2017 Maurice Cleveland Waltersdorf Award for Innovative Leadership. The award, named for an economics professor at W&J, recognizes outstanding alumni and students who attain a high level of achievement and exemplify spirit and leadership qualities.


Deborah HutchesonDeborah Hutcheson, director and assistant professor, Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics program, won the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics “Outstanding Dietitian Award” for 2017. This award is the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The award recognizes a Pennsylvania dietitian whose leadership and service is exemplary and whose contributions to PA Academy and the public have been longstanding and exceptional.


Katrina LoutzenhiserKatrina Loutzenhiser, technology and media services director within the School of Education, has been honored with the Exemplary Course Program Award from Blackboard Inc. The honor recognizes higher education officials who have best emphasized learning and technology through the design of engaging and innovative courses.

Loutzenhiser was recognized for her course “Introduction to Online Instruction,” a three-week class that taught best practices and strategies for teaching online coursework. Within the School of Education, Loutzenhiser oversees a team that manages the school’s servers, web presence, help desk, data analysis, and online education efforts.