Carnegie Mellon Engineering

Ronald W. and Marsha K. Frank Scholarship Scholarship

Ronald Frank (ChemE,1969) who is a partner in the law firm Reed Smith, orchestrates complex transactions for domestic and international clients in areas such as technology, energy and capital formation. While law may not be the vocation that engineering graduates typically pursue, Frank credits the College of Engineering for helping him to attain a fulfilling career.

Ronald Frank and Harry An"It's been a good mix," he says, "I've always been a science-oriented person." Yet, Frank found himself drawn towards the "business side of engineering," and he went on to pursue a law degree at Duke University in North Carolina, "where the weather is warm," laughs Frank. Granted, North Carolina may be sunnier than Pittsburgh, but Frank flat out states "I loved my days at Carnegie Mellon."

"I enjoyed my engineering studies," he says. Frank fondly recollects the evenings he spent in the computer lab that used to be in Scaife Hall. His girlfriend at the time, who is now his wife, would accompany him to the lab on what Frank calls their "computer dates." Today the couple shares a fondness for the school that brought them together and laid the foundation for their future. Frank's college days were great; however, they weren't totally carefree. "I was helped by scholarships when I came to Carnegie Mellon," he says, "Now I want to do the same." In that vein, Frank and his wife have endowed the Ronald W. and Marsha K. Frank Scholarship in Engineering.

In November, the first recipient of the annual scholarship was named. Harry An, a sophomore in Chemical Engineering, was excited to learn (as were his parents) that he received the award. An had an opportunity to meet the Franks, and he was impressed with how "easy they were to talk to" and the interest they expressed in his education. "The Franks are really nice people," says An.

At present, An is considering graduate school, followed by a career in academia or pharmaceuticals.


~By Sherry Stokes