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Friday, April 1, 2011
 

Age: 70

Residence: Butler

Family: Wife, Beverly; daughter, Amy, 48, of Morgantown, W.Va.; and sons Jeffrey, 46, of Indian Trail, N.C., David, 43, of Butler and Stephen, 41, of Rock Hill, S.C.

Occupation: Professor with the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering

Education: Kuhn earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1962, his Master of Science in mechanical engineering in 1963 and his doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1966, all from Carnegie Mellon University.

Background: Kuhn co-founded Concurrent Technologies Corp., a nonprofit, applied research and development firm in Johnstown, serving as vice president and chief technical officer from 1988-2000. Today, Concurrent employs about 1,500 people, including 850 in Johnstown and 20 in Pittsburgh. He also is the research consultant at The Ex One Company in Irwin, developing a technology known as additive manufacturing, the future of product development. He is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania.

Noteworthy: Kuhn was awarded the Eli Whitney Productivity Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for development of basic research and commercialization of the powder forging process and titanium forging.

Quote: "I consider this award a tribute to all those people who are involved in advancing and improving manufacturing in the U.S. That's why I'm still here and not retired -- it's a huge issue, and one that needs to continue on. I'm just one of many people dedicated to improving manufacturing and the economic benefit it brings to society."

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