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2010 John H. McCormick Educational Outreach Award

Ken Weaber 2010 Educational Outreach

Kenneth G. Weaber, Jr. has been selected by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council to receive the 2010 John H. McCormick Educational Outreach Award.  The award focuses on his ongoing efforts to expose students to the world of engineering. He has achieved this primarily through his work with the Lancaster-Lebanon Science & Technology Alliance, through their What in the World? program, which is geared toward career awareness for fifth and sixth graders.

Ken has a BSE degree in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, and did graduate work in Food Science at the University of Illinois. Upon entering the workforce, he spent three years each with General Foods and then Chesebrough-Ponds, doing process development on a range of products, including pudding, rice, salad dressing, spaghetti sauce, and even "tartar-removing, breath-freshening treats for dogs". In 1978, he went to work for M&M/Mars, and spent 25 years working to find better ways to make chocolate.  While at Mars, Ken exercised his teaching abilities as a part of their in-house Chocolate School. Over 20 years of his involvement Ken taught Chocolate Processing to more than 1000 Mars associates.

Since retiring in 2003, Ken has kept busy with a wide range of activities. He has been on a score of church mission trips, doing mostly construction work: domestically in Appalachia and on the Gulf Coast after Katrina, as well as, internationally, Grenada and Cuba. He does volunteer work with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Habitat for Humanity, and the Lancaster Science Factory, a hands-on science museum. Ken is also active in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, currently serving as Treasurer for the Susquehanna section.  However, one of his favorite activities is talking to the kids with the What in the World? program, and he tries not to miss any of their programs. In 2009, he was able to participate at over two dozen Lancaster County elementary schools.

Ken lives in Lancaster with his wife of 32 years, Dotty. They have two adult children: Katie, 28, and Grant, 24.  He is active in their church, Grandview UMC, where he has served in a number of leadership roles, and is currently both Treasurer and Chairman of the Staff Parish Relations Committee.

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