After nearly 24 years serving Allegheny County as a Councilman and Executive, Rich Fitzgerald leaves behind a legacy of transformative accomplishments. Throughout his tenure, Fitzgerald has demonstrated unwavering dedication to the residents of Allegheny County, striving to improve the quality of life for all. With a focus on economic growth, public safety, and community development, Fitzgerald has successfully implemented initiatives that have left a lasting impact on the county and created a foundation for a growing tech and innovation ecosystem. Learn more about Rich and his impact on our region.
Incorporated in 1963, Management Science Associates (MSA) is an international leader in marketing, strategic analysis, decision-support analysis software and process/business automation systems. Its Founder and Chairman Dr. Alfred A. Kuehn and MSA are acknowledged leaders in Marketing Science, a discipline that expanded the role of quantitative analysis in business. Get to know MSA right here.
Since Optimus Technologies' founding in 2010, fleets across the U.S. have reduced millions of pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere by using the company’s advanced fuel system. This clean energy tech has roots going back to 2003, when then-college freshman (and now Optimus Founder and CEO) Colin Huwyler began experimenting with biofuels on his Volkswagen Jetta. The Tech Council’s Jonathan Kersting recently spoke with Huwyler about his company’s recent and exciting funding round and his aspirations for the future of transportation. Start nerding out here.
In the race to bring autonomous vehicles to the masses, Pittsburgh-based company Aurora has emerged as a leader in self-driving technology. With a mission to make transportation safer, more reliable, and more accessible to everyone, Aurora is pushing the limits of what’s possible with autonomous vehicles. Founded in 2017 by industry veterans Chris Urmson, Sterling Anderson and Drew Bagnell, Aurora has quickly garnered attention for its cutting-edge technology and strategic partnerships. The company is focused on developing a full-stack self-driving platform, which includes hardware, software and data services that can seamlessly integrate into cars, trucks and commercial fleets. Get more here.
Bender Consulting Services, Inc. (Bender) presented its Technology Champion Award to Michael “Mick” Malec on October 16. Malec serves as Enterprise Technology and Operations Officer at Highmark Health, a longtime supporter of Bender’s recruitment work, as well as a leading corporation that advocates for people with disabilities. Malec also serves as CEO of enGen, a subsidiary of Highmark Health since 2014, formerly known as HM Health Solutions. In his leadership role at enGen, Mr. Malec oversees efforts to provide health care plans to over 11 million members nationwide.
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