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Black History Celebration: The Context for Success

All are welcome to attend this Black History celebration honoring two Swanson School of Engineering graduates who have made history, Robert O. Agbede and David L. Motley. 

Robert O. Agbede received his bachelor's and master's degrees in mining engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. As the former CEO and owner of Chester Engineers, he built the company into the largest African- American owned water/wastewater, energy and environmental engineering firm in the United States and the largest water and wastewater firm in western Pennsylvania. Mr Agbede helped to establish mentorship and scholarship opportunities at the Swanson School, including Robert O. Agbede Scholarship for African American students pursuing engineering degrees, and the Robert O. Agbede Annual Diversity Award to encourage recruitment and retention of African-American faculty and students. He also serves as a member of the Swanson School's Board of Visitors and as Chairman of the Diversity Committee. 

For his contributions to the field of engineering, his several U.S. patents and support for engineering diversity and education, the University of Pittsburgh's African American Alumni Council recognized Mr. Agbede in 2009 with its Distinguished Alumni Award.


Distinquished speaker, David L. Motley will present a talk titled, "The Context for Sucess".  He was recognized in 2016 by the Swanson School with the Distinguished Alumni Award for Mechanical Engineering and Material Science for contributions to life sciences, entrepreneurship and urban redevelopment initiatives.  In addition to his business, venture capital and volunteer activities throughout the Pittsburgh region and elsewhere, he also serves on the oversight committee of the Swanson School's Coulter Translational Research Partners ll Program, in partnership with the Department of Bioengineering.

Thursday, February 21 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Benedum Hall, 102
3700 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261

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