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James M. Ciruccio – President

James Ciruccio received his BS Degree in Chemical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 1981 and his MS Degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1992. He has worked at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. since 1981, holding various positions in applications developments, process design, and process technology development. He holds 11 patents in reaction and separation processes. John joined Engineers Without Borders in 2006 and affiliated with the Mid-Atlantic Professionals chapter (Philadelphia). In Spring of 2007, he becomes a professional mentor for the Lehigh University student chapter. He is actively working with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) to form a national partnership with EWB and is the chair of the newly formed EWB Liaison Committee of AIChE. He also serves on the AIChE Societal Impact Operating Council and is the AIChE Ambassador to Lehigh University. James resides near Schnecksville, Pennsylvania with his two children and wife, Ellen, who teaches Science in the Bethlehem Area School District. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, hunting, fishing, canoeing, reading, garage science and many other temporal hobbies.
E-mail: [email protected]

Sam R. Donaldson, Ph.D – Vice President

Sam Donaldson graduated from Lehigh University in 1998 with a B.A. in Architecture and a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a focus in structures. Upon graduation, he worked six months for the Swiss structural engineer Jurg Conzett in Chur, Switzerland before earning his doctorate at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne in 2004. While completing his doctorate, Dr. Sam Donaldson collaborated with his architect-wife to design and oversee the construction of a community health and education center in Sierra Leone, Western Africa, for the non-governmental organization Mercy Ships. This experience inspired him to pursue a career in site civil because of this discipline’s profound impact on the appearance of the built environment and on overall environmental health. Dr. Sam Donaldson presently works for the civil engineering company Keystone Consulting Engineers, Inc., in their Bethlehem, Pennsylvania office and resides in Stockertown, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children. He is Chairman of the Stockertown Borough Planning Commission, Secretary-Elect of the Lehigh Valley Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a Steering Committee Member of the Lehigh Valley Branch of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, and a member of the Pennsylvania Planning Association
E-mail: [email protected]

Emily Morgan – Secretary

Emily Morgan graduated with honors from Villanova University in 2005 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. She has since worked for Air Products in 3 different process positions, currently in Asset Management. She has been in the field for her previous 2 assignments, gaining practical engineering experience through hands-on learning and problem-solving.
E-mail: [email protected]

Dennis Pemblotti- Treasurer

Dennis Pemblotti is currently a senior engineer at Air Products. He is mostly involved in small projects for domestic plants, providing both mechanical and civil engineering. He started with Air Products about 2 years ago, and he and his wife moved to Allentown about a year ago. For 15 years prior to joining AP, he owned and operated a small engineering firm in Ardmore, a close suburb of Philadelphia. With about 5 to 8 employees, they provided detail engineering and drafting services to several large corporations, who had only senior engineers. As president, he was responsible for all aspects of the business, including engineering decisions, personnel, accounting, and sales. Other employers included Eastern Industries Inc., Pennsylvania Crusher Corp., Boyertown Packaging and Fuller Company. His education included a Bachelors degree in Mechanical engineering from Villanova (1972). He also studied civil engineering at Drexel evening college, plus business courses at Villanova and Rutgers evening colleges.
E-mail: [email protected]

Executive Committees

  • Project Coordination Committee Chair: Lauren Lyndee
  • Communication Committee Chair: Eric Myers
  • Fundraising Committee Chair: Herbert Tucker
  • Community Outreach Committee Chair: Bill Boston
  • Membership Committee Chair: Leonard Lyman
  • University Relations Committee Chair: Steve Wilson