For the past 25 years, scientists, technologists, educators and business leaders who make a difference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (and beyond) have converged at the annual Carnegie Science Awards. This year, PPG is among the award recipients as the winner of the Corporate Leadership Award.
On November 5, David Bem, PPG vice president, Science and Technology (S&T), and chief technology officer, accepted the award on behalf of PPG at the 25th Annual Carnegie Science Awards Celebration.
According to the Carnegie Science Center, PPG was recognized for its work to continuously optimize and foster opportunities for ideation and new technology development, along with its efforts to address the needs of the Pittsburgh community by supporting initiatives focused on education, COVID-19 relief, social justice and employee engagement.
“PPG is proud to invest in opportunities that allow us to share our passion and joy for experimentation and the life-changing differences made possible through science and technology. The long-term advancement of our industry relies on this commitment and on the PPG innovators who create the technologies and solutions for our region’s future,” said Bem. “It’s an honor to be among the impressive class of Carnegie Science Awards recipients and recognized as a leader in the Pittsburgh region.”
The 2021 winners were selected by a committee of peers — past awardees and industry leaders — who rigorously reviewed nominations and selected the most deserving winners. Along with the Corporate Leadership Award, the event honored awardees in eight categories, including Most Inspiring Educator, Champion for STEM Equity and Champion for Sustainability.
“The Carnegie Science Awards celebrate the accomplishments of the creative and forward-thinking minds in Pittsburgh’s science, technology, and education communities and provides opportunities for them to meet and share their stories,” said Jason Brown, Henry Buhl, Jr., Director of Carnegie Science Center. “They are making incredible contributions to their fields and directly impacting the health, growth, and economic vitality of our region as a whole.”
PPG and Carnegie Science Center have partnered for more than 40 years to make continuous learning possible. By holding year-round camps and classes for school visitors, hosting ongoing exhibits and traveling near and far with captivating educational programming, thousands of Pittsburgh-area young people have experienced the life-changing impact of science. In 2017, PPG and the PPG Foundation gifted $7.5 million to SPARK! A Campaign for Carnegie Science Center, and creation of the PPG Science Pavilion, reflecting both PPG and the Science Center’s lasting commitment to education.