Lehigh Valley 
Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers
In May 2018 the Lehigh Valley Chapter awarded five $2,000 scholarships to local high school seniors who have been accepted to engineering programs.

Angelica Byra will be graduating from Stroudsburg High School and is the daughter of Halina and Tadeusz Byra. Angelica is enrolled in the Honors Program and the five-year BS/MS program at Drexel University where she will be majoring in chemical engineering. Angelica is a member of the National Honors Society, Key Club, Interact Club, Peer Tutoring, Sports Club, Technology Student Association, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Student Council, and part of the school orchestra. She is also a board member for Key Club, Interact Club and is the first chair second violinist in her school orchestra.  Angelica is the team captain of the Stroudsburg Varsity Girls Basketball Team. During the last two years, Angelica has helped her team bring home two consecutive Mountain Division Championships since 2000. She was recognized as the Bangor Hoops Classic All Tournament Team, Blue Ridge Cable TV Female Athlete of the Week, Yasso-Rock Classic Player of the Game, a Via Senior All Star Selection, and an Honorable Mention All-Area by the Morning Call. Out of school, Angelica volunteers at the Pocono Medical Center and is the lead piano player at the Cancer Center. She has been playing the piano and violin since she was six years old and is now giving lessons to young kids. In her free time Angelica enjoys listening to music and playing different instruments.

Millan Patel is graduating from Emmaus High School and is the son of Viraj and Niketu Patel.  He is Captain of the Debate Team, President of Academic Team, Vice President of the American Computer Science League (ACSL) Club, Vice President of Science Olympiad, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Math League Club, Secretary of the Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) club, a member of National Honor Society, and a member of No Place for Hate.  He University to study biomedical engineering, computer science, and pre-medicine.

Lucy Kitch-Peck, the daughter of Anne Kitch and Jim Peck, will be graduating as valedictorian from Liberty High School. She is thrilled to have been accepted into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she intends to major in Chemical Engineering and minor in Economics. She will also be playing varsity field hockey for the MIT Engineers (Go Tech!). At Liberty, Lucy was captain of the varsity field hockey team, president of the debate team, stage manager for Liberty Theatre, a member of the National Honors Society, and a competitor in Science Olympiad. This past summer, Lucy had the honor of attending the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences at Carnegie-Mellon University, where she completed extensive lab work and an in-depth research paper on superconductors, along with courses in special relativity, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and computer science. Lucy is an AP Scholar with Distinction, a Lehigh University High School Scholar, a US Presidential Scholar nominee, and a National Merit Scholar. Outside of school, Lucy volunteers as a camp counselor, works as a barista, plays piano, and loves to read science fiction.

Julia Roman is graduating from Freedom High School and is the daughter of Jack and Donna Roman. She was selected as a First Team Academic All-American by Prep Volleyball (top 8 volleyball student-athletes in the nation) and has been selected Academic All-State for the past two years by the PA Volleyball Coaches Association. Julia is First Team All-State in both softball and volleyball. She is the captain of Freedom’s softball and volleyball teams and is the MVP of both teams.  Julia was named Freedom’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) Scholar Athlete for volleyball and was on the Under Armour All-American Watchlist. She is an active member of the National Honor Society. Julia is a Dual Enrollment, Project Lead the Way, and Academy of Applied Engineering student, and has maintained straight A’s through three years of high school. She participates in Scholastic Scrimmage, Engineering Club, Student Athletic Character Council, BASD Mini-THON, and “Every 15 Minutes.” Julia is on Bethlehem Area School District’s Superintendent Student Advisory Committee. She has volunteered her time through Freedom’s Project Lead the Way Engineering Summer Camps, Bethlehem Sports Camps, and with VIA of the Lehigh Valley marathon. Julia will be attending Drexel University in the fall, majoring in Biomedical Engineering and playing Division I softball.  Julia participated in MATHCOUNTS at East Hills Middle School.

Habeeb Salau is graduating from Parkland High School and is the son of Bola and Tiamiyu Salau. He is a National Merit Scholar, Coca-Cola Scholar, and a National AP Scholar with Distinction. He is a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, and Math Honor Society. He is a four-year varsity letter earner and the captain of the track team. He is the president of Parkland’s Interact Club and a captain on the debate team which won the 2017 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship. He has done research at Lehigh University to study the movement of embryonic fibroblasts in tissue regenerative scaffolds and received the Janssen Biomedical Research Award as well as a 1st place designation at the Delaware Valley Science Fair. Last summer, Habeeb interned at UBMe, an app startup in Bethlehem, where he helped develop a social media app that was used at Musikfest.  Habeeb has worked on many community initiatives including a free weekly SAT preparatory class for disadvantaged students. In the fall, Habeeb plans to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to major in Chemical Engineering and minor in behavioral economics. He plans on doing research on battery storage solutions for renewable energy infrastructure in developing countries.  

The Lehigh Valley Society of Professional Engineers would like to thank the following businesses for their financial support of our scholarship program. The support of these firms and individuals has made it possible to provide this year's scholarships. They deserve our thanks for their generosity and willingness to provide donations assisting these promising students in their commitment to pursue a degree and carrier in engineering. This year’s donors are:

Graduate Level

Bridge Gap Engineering

Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.

Senior Level

FLSmidth, Inc.

Victaulic Company

Junior Level

Barry Isett & Associates

EnviroAce/Mary Rooney

Kreischer Miller


Liberty Property Trust

Millennium Electro-Hydraulics Services

Peak Technical Staffing USA

Pennoni Associates, Inc.

The Pidcock Company

TRC Worldwide Engineering

Sophomore Level

Borton Lawson Engineering

Hanover Engineering Associates

Lehigh White Cement

Maser Consulting P.A.

Mass Mutual Financial Group

Newton Engineering


Freshman Level

Alfred Gruenke, PE

Civil & Forensic Engineering

Frank Walsh, PE

Kevin T. Campbell, PE, LEED AP

Keystone Consulting Engineers

Kohn Engineering

Monarch Precast Concrete Corporation

R. Peruzzi, Inc.


Allison Berger

Michael F. Basta, PE

William Erdman, PE


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