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FIRSTE Program

After twenty-one successful years, the FIRSTE Program has come to a close.  Program directors Joan Kowalski and Tracie Brockhoff would like to thank everyone who has supported the program over the years.  We realize that without the volunteers and the sponsors, we would not have been able to succeed for so long.  We would specifically like to thank our advisory board and our sponsors.  They are as follows:

Advisory Board

Joan Kowalski, Program Director
Senior Instructor in Engineering
Penn State New Kensington

Tracie Brockhoff, Program Director
Demonstration and Equipment Specialist in Biology and Chemistry
Penn State New Kensington

Jane Viti, Ph.D
Adjunct Faculty in Biology
Penn State New Kensington

Paula D. Freyer
Principal Engineer
Westinghouse Electric Company

Cheryl A. Richards
PPG Industries, Inc.

Helen Alliston
Retired Engineer

Deborah Sillman
Senior Instructor in Biology
Instructional Design Specialist
Penn State New Kensington


Bozzone Family Foundation

Penn State Division of Undergraduate Studies, College of Engineering

PPG Industries


Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh

American Nuclear Society - Pittsburgh Section