2019 Student of the Year Recipients 


Liberal Arts Category Recipient  - Kaitleen Brady
California University of Pennsylvania 
Communication Studies | Marketing Minor
Community Relations Intern, Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation 

The “Her Hockey” night project was recognized by the NHL on social media platforms and press releases. In one night, the Foundation was able to raise around $17,000 to continue assist local charities within the Pittsburgh region.

 “Kate showed leadership, creativity and great initiative in making sure that this project came to life. Last season, this was one of the Foundation’s most successful in-game activations and social media campaigns.  Her group’s project “Her Hockey Night,” is something that many teams in the NHL are looking to replicate and has become an annual promotion by the Foundation. Kate never backed down from that challenge and did everything she could to make sure those challenges were met and exceeded.” – Abby Braddock, Manager, Foundation Programs, Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation 

Business Category Recipient - Taylor Mahan 
Clarion University 
Accounting Intern, Pitt Ohio  

Projects included asset reconciliation; completing the month end close and financial statement estimate for one of their $14 million subsidiaries; completing the month end close and monthly estimate for Pitt Ohio; and the intern team project in which she performed industry research and analysis to co-present suggestions on how to mitigate the driver shortage in years to come upper and c-level managers.

"It should be noted that we've hired interns in our department for the past eight years and this was the first time we had one work independently on a monthly closing cycle. Taylor rose to the challenge and handled this work efficiently and effectively, finishing many items accurately while only having been shown them once, and asking thoughtful questions when necessary. It was a testament to her ability to apply classroom concepts to a real world environment and her maturity that she was able to handle this level of work as an intern. “The credit card analysis that Taylor completed for the Finance department helped us gain a deeper understanding of spending that could help shape future policies.” -  Don Riddle, Assistant Controller, Pitt Ohio Express

STEM Category RecipientVanessa Maybruck 
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania 
Applied Mathematics | Secondary Education: Mathematics
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Intern (SULI), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (through U.S. Department. of Energy)  

Worked with her mentor, staff scientist Dr. Jesse Ault, (now a faculty member in the Brown University School of Engineering), and collaborated with Jesse’s friend and colleague at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Our research was in the field of computational fluid dynamics and focused on modeling and simulating microfluidic particle separations using a process called diffusiophoresis, with applications to the treatment of cancers and other diseases.

“Vanessa really took ownership and initiative for this project. Vanessa showed off her persistence, aptitude, and excitement for learning new things, and she managed to learn all of the skills needed to make a valuable contribution to our project. She had the internal drive to keep pushing forward with this project, and she ultimately developed four different models to describe the coupled dynamics in our system. These include theoretical and numerical models for both the equilibrium and non-equilibrium cases that we were investigating. Her research culminated in a thorough final report which we were able to use to prepare a journal publication partly based on her results, and we could potentially end up writing a second publication that utilizes these results.” – Jesse Ault, Alvin M. Weinberg Distinguished Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory 

Associate’s Category Recipient - Recipient not selected