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October 15, 2015

Endowment honors former dean

To recognize the legacy of former engineering dean Charles A. Sorber, his widow Linda has established the Charles A. and Linda E. Sorber Fellows Fund.

The endowment will benefit outstanding undergraduate engineering students in the Swanson School of Engineering who are conducting research projects in sustainable engineering, specifically in the areas of wastewater treatment, sanitation, disinfection or disease control in the school’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation.

Sorber, who died in 2013, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sanitary engineering at Penn State and a doctorate at The University of Texas-Austin.

He served as dean of Pitt’s engineering school 1986-93.

Prior to coming to Pitt, Sorber was on the faculty at The University of Texas-San Antonio, where his wife Linda also was a faculty member. He later became associate dean of engineering for academic affairs at the College of Engineering at The University of Texas-Austin.

After his tenure at Pitt, he returned to The University of Texas System to serve in a variety of capacities.

Filed under: Feature,Volume 48 Issue 4

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