Faculty and staff members honored with Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Awards


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.— Six representatives of the Department of Architectural Engineering have been honored with 2016 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society (PSEAS) Awards.

The PSEAS Awards are presented to faculty, staff, alumni and department supporters that exemplify outstanding expertise, dedication and service to the College of Engineering and its departments. Awards are distributed each year and honorees are selected by their peers and member of the PSEAS Board of Directors.

Department of Architectural Engineering 2016 PSEAS award winners include: William Bahnfleth, World-Class Engineering Faculty Award; Richard Mistrick, Outstanding Advising Award; Nancy Smith, Dean’s Circle of Excellence; Holly Seidel, Staff Leadership Award; Glenn Bell, Distinguished Service Award; and Alyssa Wingenfield, Young Alumni Achievement Award.

William Bahnfleth, World-Class Engineering Faculty Award

William Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering, has been honored with the World-Class Engineering Faculty Award. This award recognizes a faculty member who embodies the seven characteristics of the world-class engineer in all of his or her activities including teaching, research and service.

A Penn State Department of Architectural Engineering faculty member since 1994, Bahnfleth's research areas include heat transfer through building foundations, chilled water systems, chilled water thermal storage and control of indoor air quality. Since joining the department, Bahnfleth has served as president of ASHRAE, chair of the ASHRAE Indoor Air 2016 Conference and as the faculty adviser to the Penn State student branch of ASHRAE. He has also served on or chaired 56 different ASHRAE technical committees.

Bahnfleth has also been honored as a fellow of ASHRAE and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and as an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.

Rick Mistrick, Outstanding Advising Award

Rick Mistrick, associate professor of architectural engineering, has been honored with the Outstanding Advising Award. This award recognizes and rewards outstanding advisers of engineering undergraduate and graduate students. These advising awards are established in recognition of the importance of advising in the total engineering education program.

A Penn State faculty member since 1985, Mistrick has served as a faculty adviser to hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students while carrying a lighting/electrical course load and research requirements. Mistrick also serves as the Illumination Engineering Society (IES) faculty adviser and the Schreyer Honors adviser for all architectural engineering Schreyer Scholars. He has served as an adviser for the Department of Architectural Engineering Graduate Student Association and on various department committees related to curriculum and student advising.

Mistrick's research areas include lighting and daylight system analysis and design, optical design and lighting system quality metrics.

Nancy Smith, Dean's Circle of Excellence

Nancy Smith, department head assistant, has been honored with the Dean's Circle of Excellence Award. This award is reserved for staff members who have a proven track record of performing at the highest levels of administrative excellence.

Smith join the Department of Architectural Engineering as the department head assistant in 1992. Since then, she has coordinated major annual department events including the Architectural Engineering Senior Thesis Jury and Awards banquet, Industrial Advisory Professional Council (IPAC) meetings, strategic planning retreats, distinguished alumni visits and faculty candidate interviews.

Smith's responsibilities also include promotion and tenure records and reports, annual faculty activity reports, special department events and interaction with industry professionals in the areas of jobs placement, scholarships and awards and invited lectures.

Holly Seidel, Staff Leadership Award

Holly Seidel, administrative support coordinator, has been honored with the Staff Leadership Award. This award recognizes a staff member who has shown outstanding levels of leadership and teamwork in the workplace.

Seidel joined the department as the administrative support coordinator and manager of the Engineering Copy Center in 2014. She previously served as the administrative coordinator for the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering for 26 years.

In her role, Seidel oversees the activities of the office; prepares, controls and manages budgets; maintains budget expenditure and approves financial transactions; compiles and analyzes data for a variety of department reports, grants, contracts and programs; and coordinates business functions of the department.

Glen Bell, Distinguished Service Award

Glenn Bell, senior principal and CEO of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc. (SGH), has been honored with the Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes and rewards an alumnus, friend or former faculty member who has donated time, expertise and energies in the form of outstanding and special service to a department, unit or to the College.

As a supporter of the architectural engineering program, Bell has maintained an active role in the department and greatly contributed to its continued success. He has served on the department’s IPAC for 15 years, chairing and co-chairing the group. Bell also served on IPAC’s subcommittee for enhancements to the architectural engineering curriculum.

In 2010, Bell was named an Architectural Engineering Centennial Fellow in recognition of his service to the department.

In 2013, Bell served as a keynote speaker for the Architectural Engineering Institute International Conference hosted by the architectural engineering department. He has also frequently served as a jury member for the architectural engineering senior thesis presentations.

Alyssa Wingenfield, Young Alumni Achievement Award

Alyssa Wigenfield, account executive at McClure Company, has been honored with the Young Alumni Achievement Award. This award recognizes engineering alumni 35 years of age and younger for their extraordinary professional accomplishments. The goal of the award is to engage and involve successful recent graduates with the College of Engineering. The recognition demonstrates that Penn State engineering alumni can succeed in their chosen fields at an early age.

Wingenfield graduated in 2009 with her Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, mechanical option. She began her career as a mechanical designer with McClure Company. There, she focused on project development.

After being selected as McClure's LEED expert, Wingenfield took over two LEED certified building projects, passed both the Green Associate and LEED AP Building Design + Construction Certification exams and taught an inter-company class on LEED and mechanical contracting.

Due to to her passions for engineering, public speaking and people, McClure appointed Wingenfield to a project development engineer position. With this appointment, she was also asked to aid in the company’s biomass heating research study.

From 2014-2015, Wingenfield served as an account executive for SmartWatt Energy's Mid-Atlantic Region, where she assisted schools, municipalities and other organization in obtaining approximately $3.5 million in grants, low interest loans and utility rebates. As of 2015, Wingenfield has rejoined McClure Company as an account executive.

As an undergraduate in the architectural engineering program, Wingenfield was involved with the Penn State student chapter of ASHRAE. In 2012, she became the first female president of the Central Pennsylvania ASHRAE Chapter. In 2015, she was named ASHRAE's New Face of Engineering, a program that recognizes outstanding engineers 30 years of age or younger.


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