Remembering Dr. George A. Roberts
On February 15, 2013, George A. Roberts, a dedicated alum and benefactor of the Carnegie Institute of Technology, passed away. Roberts, who earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in metallurgy from Carnegie Tech in '39, '41, '42, worked as a metallurgist for Vanadium Alloys Steel Corporation (Vasco) in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and eventually became its president. In 1966, Vasco merged with Teledyne, Inc. where Roberts became president and chief executive until his retirement.
Roberts was a staunch supporter of Carnegie Mellon and served as a university trustee. His commitment to CIT culminated when he contributed the initial funding for Roberts Engineering Hall. Upon its completion in 1997, Roberts Hall became the first engineering building constructed on campus in 35 years.
Equipped with state-of-the-art labs and classrooms, the building has had a transformative effect on advancing the objectives of the Materials Science and Engineering Department, the Data Storage Systems Center, and Center for Nano-enabled Device and Energy Technologies. Roberts' generosity has enabled CIT faculty and students to push new boundaries in engineering and reinforce Carnegie Mellon's reputation as an international research and education leader.
Pictured above: George A. Roberts
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