David W. Grzelak '71

grzelakErie native David W. Grzelak ’71, chairman and CEO of Komatsu America Corp., was named Penn State Behrend’s 26th Alumni Fellow in 2010.

Komatsu America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Komatsu Ltd. that manufactures and markets hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders, crawler dozers, off-highway trucks and motor graders. Prior to joining Komatsu Dresser Co. in 1991, Grzelak held manufacturing, sales, marketing and management positions within GE Transportation Systems.

Grzelak will be honored at a Tuesday, October 12, dinner hosted by Penn State Behrend Chancellor Don Birx. The next morning, he will be the keynote speaker at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ annual Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference being held that week in Erie’s Bayfront Convention Center. Grzelak will speak to over 300 engineers, researchers, educators and students, along with representatives from the conference’s 13 corporate sponsors.

In 1992, Grzelak was inducted into the Penn State Behrend Athletic Hall of Fame to recognize his outstanding tennis career at the college. He also has been honored with the Penn State College of Engineering’s Outstanding Engineering Alumnus Award. He is a member of the boards of directors of Alamo Group, Boart Longyear, and the Leonhard Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Education.

Since 1973, the Alumni Fellow Award has been given to select alumni who are leaders in their professional fields. Alumni Fellows are nominated by an academic college and accept an invitation from the President of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty and administrators.