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Newsmaker: Maureen A. Barcic

| Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 11:39 p.m.
Newsmaker: Maureen Barcic, 58, of Mt. Lebanon, is director of Cooperative Education, University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering. The American Society for Engineering Education inducted Barcic as a Fellow Member Honoree.

Maureen A. Barcic

Noteworthy: The American Society for Engineering Education inducted Barcic as a Fellow Member Honoree for her outstanding qualifications, contributions, and experience in engineering at a special awards ceremony held during the 120th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Age: 58

Residence: Mt. Lebanon

Family: Children, Julie, 30; Kelly, 29; and Bill, 27

Education: Bachelor's degree in sociology and master's degree in Higher Education Administration, both from the University of Pittsburgh

Background: Barcic helped people with disabilities through the Vocational Rehab Center, now Life's Work, before joining Carnegie Mellon University. There she matched engineering students with internship programs through the Career Services Office. After taking time off to raise her children, Barcic joined the Cooperative Education Program at Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering in 1987. As the program's director, she works with more than 600 students and 200 companies a year. Barcic started the Employer of the Year and Co-Op Student of the Year Awards. She is a board member of the American Society for Engineering Education, and is chairwoman of the organization's Co-op Education Division for the second time.

Quote: “I get to see these students who come in green and don't know what they can go on to do. We help them figure all that out. We have so many alumni come back and say it was the best thing they ever did at school. It changes lives sometimes, and that's why I like it.”

— by Jason Cato

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