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John H. McCormick Educational Outreach

Charles Merris
     2012 Educational Outreach

Charles S. Merris, Jr., P.E., C.E.M. has been selected by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council to receive the 2012 John H. McCormick Educational Outreach Award. The award focuses on his dedication and considerable efforts exposing students to the world of engineering through school visits, mentoring, and providing scholarship opportunities to students. Charles is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and employed with P.H. Glatfelter Company.

Charles has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Millersville University and a Masters of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Energy Manager.  Charles started his engineering career as a Process Engineer for Vista Chemical Company, a manufacturer of industrial chemicals.  He then joined P.H. Glatfelter, a manufacturer of specialty papers, where he has been employed for more than twenty-three years in various engineering and managing roles in research, process improvement, energy reduction, and environmental services.  Charles is currently the Senior Project Engineer in charge of implementing key capital energy reduction projects for P.H. Glatfelter's Spring Grove Facility.

Charles is an active member of the Susquehanna Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).  He has served as the Chair, Vice Chair, and Career Guidance Chair for the Section.  It is through his work with AIChE, where he has displayed his dedication to Education Outreach activities.  In 1993 he began a program which allows Susquehanna Section engineers to visit both high school and elementary students to promote engineering and science.  He coordinated this effort with local school districts.  In 1994, he started and continues to maintain a scholarship program for high school seniors pursuing chemical engineering.  A total of 29 high school students have been awarded scholarships from 1994-2011.  In 1995, he started and continues to maintain a shadowing program to provide high school students the opportunity to shadow chemical engineers in the workplace.  The program provides five to ten students shadowing opportunities each year at local companies which include Hershey, Armstrong, Glatfelter, and M&M Mars.

Charles  recently served as a director on the Hempfield School Board.  He served as the Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Negotiating Committee for school contracts.  He has also served on the IU13 Board of Directors.  He is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where he has served in a number of volunteer leadership positions.  He has served as a soccer and basketball coach, and has been a Boy Scout leader in his community.

Charles resides in Landisville with his wife of thirty-one years, Jo Ann.  He has six children – three boys, three girls – ranging in age from 16 through 29.  His hobbies include running, sports, boating, photography, and following BYU football.







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