Defilippi named honorary Penn State alumnus
Joseph D. Defilippi was formally recognized as a 2012 honorary alumnus by the Penn State Alumni Association at a black-tie dinner June 2 at University Park. There, President Rodney Erickson presented Defilippi with a bronze medallion.
The award is given to those who, while not graduates of Penn State, make important contributions to the university. Though the number of recipients varies, an average of between two and four per year are honored. Nominees are selected by the alumni association’s awards committee and then voted on by the alumni council. The award was established in 1973.
The retired director of product technology research for U.S. Steel, Defilippi holds a doctorate degree in materials science and engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where he also earned his bachelors and masters degrees. He is a Leechburg native.
Since the mid-seventies, Defilippi has supported the campus in a number of ways, among them as a donor and a volunteer. He has served as a member of the Penn State New Kensington campus advisory board since 1983.
Along with his wife, he established the Joseph and Bonnie Defilippi Internship Scholarship, a $100,000 planned gift that provides financial assistance to students participating in an internship program which helps students define career goals, develop skills and network.