Engineering Professor David Meredith to speak at 2024 Fayette commencement

Commencement ceremony scheduled for May 4
David B. Meredith speaking at the podium.

David B. Meredith, retired associate professor of engineering and founder of the David B. Meredith Legacy Scholarship, spoke on behalf of the donors at Penn State Fayette's 2023 Scholarship Donor Dinner on Nov. 15.

Credit: Bill Hager

LEMONT FURNACE, Pa. — David B. Meredith, emeritus associate professor of engineering, has been announced as the keynote speaker for the 2024 commencement ceremony at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, scheduled for May 4.

Having earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University and a master of science in energy conversion from Colorado State University, Meredith began teaching at Penn State Fayette in 1979.

Meredith impacted the lives of countless youths throughout his career. He established the regional MathCOUNTS competition for middle school students, the JETS/TEAMS competition for high school students, and has played a significant role in local STEM education. For more than 20 years he led space-shuttle simulation camps for local elementary school students, and has taken students to 39 international conferences, 14 regional conferences, and at least 30 meetings of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Society for Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineer (ASHRAE). Through higher education, he taught college students enrolled in Solar Heating and Cooling Technology, Building Environmental Systems Technology, and Architectural Engineering Technology courses. He was also an avid cubmaster and led the development of the campus garden at Penn State Fayette.

Before retirement, Meredith was involved with multiple societies involving engineering and technology including but not limited to the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), the Energy Conversion and Conservation Division for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and the Architectural Engineering Committee of the National Council of Examiners of Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES).

He has authored numerous technical papers and is the recipient of over 30 national and regional awards in his career, including the 2019 Outstanding Fellow award, the highest honor bestowed by Penn State Fayette. In his free time, Meredith enjoys performing with the Ohio State Marching Band Alumni and scouting.

“Dave Meredith was an exceptional colleague and faculty member at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus,” said Charles Patrick, chancellor and chief academic officer at Penn State Fayette. “Dave was a gifted educator and scholar, able to bring students into class conversations in ways that strengthened their engineering learning experience. He also contributed in so many ways to the campus and community in service, a tradition he’s continued with countless hours spent in the Fayette campus garden. I’m very proud to know Dave Meredith.”

Penn State Fayette’s commencement ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, in the Main Arena of the Community Center.