Lehigh Valley 
Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers

2017 Awards


2017 LVPSPE Engineer of the Year:  Robert Peruzzi, PhD, PE

This award recognizes a PSPE member who has made significant achievements in the area of: professional society activities; civic, fraternal, religious or humanitarian activities; professional and/or technical publications, papers, or patents; and the field of engineering during their professional career.

Robert Peruzzi has a PhD and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the Boston Conservatory of Music. Peruzzi is the president of R. Peruzzi Consulting, Inc. which specializes in providing electronics consultation and litigation support including deposition and testimony. Prior to founding R. Peruzzi Consulting, he held multiple positions at AT&T Bell Labs, which evolved into Lucent Technologies, Agere Systems, LSI, and Infineon, leading up to Senior Member of the Technical Staff. In addition, Peruzzi has numerous publications, papers, and patents centering on electronics.

Peruzzi has an in-depth understanding of analog/mixed-signal circuits and systems, as well as strong experience with design verification, especially for chip-level analog and mixed-signal ICs. Furthermore, he serves as an expert witness for the analysis of patents and forensic investigation. Specialties include: self-checking test-cases, verification-plan-driven modeling approach, system-level design exploration, and executable design specs.

Peruzzi is actively involved with many technical societies including the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society, IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, IEEE Behavioral Modeling and Simulation Society, IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society, IEEE Philadelphia Consultants Network, IEEE Lehigh Valley Section, Lehigh Valley Chapter Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, Lehigh Valley Engineering Council, and Audio Engineering Society. Other activities include rotating duties for the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Sun Inn Historical Society, Pennsylvania Jazz Society, and Pro-bono and professional music ensembles.

2017 LVPSPE Young Engineer of the Year:  Jeffrey Kutz, EIT

This award is presented to an individual (no more than 35 years-old) based on his/her scholastic achievements, technical and professional society activities, technical papers and/or patents, engineering experience and accomplishments, and civic/humanitarian activities. It is awarded to a young candidate who is a licensed Professional Engineer or Engineer-In-Training.

Jeffrey Kutz has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Engineering Mechanics from Penn State. He is the Director of Engineering and Principal Engineer at Bridge Gap Engineering, LLC where he directs and coordinates all engineering activities. Bridge Gap Engineering is an agile and highly responsive engineering company based on service, solutions and relationships which is led by a uniquely diverse team of trusted cement and minerals industry experts.

Kutz’s areas of expertise are product design and hydraulic systems. He has extensive experience in research & development and product optimization for cement and mineral processing equipment including fixed inlet, clinker cooler, clinker crusher, roll breaker, gyratory crusher, and jaw crusher. Furthermore, he has completed domestic and international assignments for equipment installation, training, and troubleshooting.

Kutz actively seeks out opportunities to promote engineering as a career choice to local students through presentations and discussions on the pursuit of sciences in higher education.  Additionally, he has been active in supporting engineering students at the collegiate level through sponsorship of senior design projects.

Kutz is a member of IEEE and has been an industry conference participant, author, and presenter on numerous occasions at the Annual IEEE/PCA Cement Conference. In addition, he has authored five papers on the subjects of; hydraulic systems, emissions control systems and 3D scanning technology.

Kutz is a Lehigh Valley native, who lives in Bethlehem with his wife, Jennifer, daughter, Rosalie, and son, Brennan.

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