Over 200 faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the Swanson School of Engineering gathered last night to recognize this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipients at the School’s annual banquet in the University of Pittsburgh’s Alumni Hall. Gerald D. Holder, US Steel Dean of Engineering, presented awards honoring alumni from each of the School’s six departments, as well as for the Swanson School overall.
Gina E. Bertocci, BSME ’83, MSME ’91, PhD BioE ’97, Endowed Chair of Biomechanics and Professor, Bioengineering Department, University of Louisville, was named the Department of Bioengineering Distinguished Alumna. Dr. Bertocci earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her PhD in Bioengineering in 1997 also from the University of Pittsburgh. Upon receiving her PhD, she became a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, with secondary appointments in Bioengineering and Pediatrics, where she remained through 2004. In 2004, Dr. Bertocci joined the University of Louisville, where she is a Professor in Bioengineering and Endowed Chair of Biomechanics. Dr. Bertocci is also the Director of the Injury Risk Assessment and Prevention Laboratory, established in 1997.