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2015 Outstanding Service Award: Peter M. Silverberg, PE

Peter.Silverberg.OSA.Community.2015_webThe Delaware Valley Engineers Week Committee of the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia is proud to recognize Peter M. Silverberg, PE for his Outstanding Service to the Community.

Peter is the type of volunteer that every society dreams to have.  Not only does he play a critical role in publishing the IEEE, Philadelphia Section monthly newsletter, the “Almanack”, he has also handled the Section’s website for well over a decade.

Education and Registration
Peter graduated from MIT with SB and SM degrees in Chemical Engineering in 1960 and 1961, respectively. He is a registered professional engineer in Ohio.

Work Experience
Peter held three different jobs in chemical engineering with Air Products, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft (a division of United Technologies), and General Electric. He discovered an aptitude for the insulation side of electrical engineering and  after 1975 he put that to work with Parsons Peebles Electric Products and Stone and Webster Engineering Corp. He published nine technical papers and co-authored one IEEE Standard.

In 1995, he made a switch to technical editing of magazines. For eight years he was Associate Editor of Chemical Engineering and then for another four years was Associate Editor of BioPharm International. He retired in 2007 and devotes much of his spare time to technical society activities.

Service to the Community
Peter has served as the IEEE Philadelphia Section’s Editor for the Almanack publication for well over a decade.  His devotion and consistency as a volunteer has led the Section to produce a high quality printed publication for the 4300 members of the Section.  His tireless efforts in single-handedly assembling Section information, and creating a sense of community, is the envy of the Section.

Outside of editing the Almanack, Peter is perhaps the most dedicated volunteer the IEEE has in the area.  He can frequently be seen attending local science fairs, speaking with students at Future City competitions, as well serving as an ambassador to other professional societies thru the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia.  If there is ever an event or need for volunteers to help area students, Peter can always be seen to lend a helping hand.

When IEEE Philadelphia was in need of a new webpage, Peter stepped forward and to this day helps to maintain and keep our website current with events.  This includes posting open job positions and helping to convey requests for volunteers to our membership.

Since 2012, he has represented Region 2 of IEEE on the Admissions and Advancement Committee, which determines the correct grade of membership for all levels except Fellows.

He was on the Board of Directors of the MIT Club of the Delaware Valley (1990-1994) and still runs an occasional program. He joined the Order of the Engineer in 2010.

Peter has served on the Engineers’ Club Board for many years, and has been actively involved in steering the Club in its charitable endeavors.  His dual role of Club and IEEE involvement has helped to ensure the IEEE can support local STEM and volunteer efforts.

To keep his writing skills sharp he edits the newsletter for the Newton’s Landing Homeowners’ Association in Delanco. In the spare time left he bowls, travels in an attempt to visit all U.S. counties, deals in antiques, and plays bridge. The May 22, 2011 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer featured the house he and Anne Silverberg share in its Real Estate Section.

Peter is the type of volunteer who selflessly performs duties above and beyond what is expected, and serves as the backbone of the IEEE Philadelphia.  His duties and devotion deserve to be commended for both their consistency and their level of devotion to our community.