Fasenmyer Engineering Design Conference
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Keynote Speaker: George Dodworth
Lightwave International, Inc.
George Dodworth is owner of Lightwave International, Inc., a multi-faceted production company headquartered in the greater Pittsburgh area. Lightwave International specializes in dazzling laser light shows and special effects for musical, corporate, and civic events, producing events for millions of audience members on every continent except Antarctica.
Dodworth’s company—which he started while a student at Penn State Erie, The Behrend, has designed laser shows for many international musical tours, including tours for Madonna, Korn, Ghostland Observatory, Fall Out Boy, and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters. For Waters’ tour, Dodworth used the world’s largest full-color lasers to recreate the iconic Pink Floyd prism, a feat no other laser-effect company was able to achieve.
Dodworth has been commissioned to create light shows for cities and corporations across the country, and he has projected his lasers onto Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center ceiling, into the Boston sky, onto a Manhattan Bridge, toward Pittsburgh cliffs, and against the outside of an ice arena’s dome.
In 2009 alone, Lightwave International received nine awards from the International Laser Display Association, including first place in the category of Live Stage Performance for the “3-D Laser Prism, 2008 Dark Side of the Moon World Tour.”
Dodworth received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and physics from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, in 1999. He and his son, Evan, live in Eighty Four, PA.
About the Conference
All programs in the School of Engineering have a capstone design experience resulting in extensive hands-on design project opportunities working with real-world applications. Each spring the students showcase their work by presenting these projects at the Richard J. Fasenmyer Engineering Design Conference, held the last Saturday in the spring semester (before finals week) each year.
About Richard J. Fasenmyer
The Fasenmyer conference is named for the late Richard J. Fasenmyer ’69, a longtime supporter of Penn State Behrend’s School of Engineering. He founded RJF International Corp., a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of interior wall coverings, industrial matting products and specialty films.
A native of Erie, Richard J. Fasenmyer began his Penn State education at Behrend and earned a degree in accounting in 1969. His entrepreneurial skills became apparent early as he started small businesses as a teenager. Eventually he served as Chairman and CEO of RJF International Corporation, Fabricated Extrusions Corporation, Fabricated Extrusions of Kentucky, Koroseal Wallcoverings West, Industrial Enterprise Corporation, and MANDR, LLC. He also oversaw the Richard J. Fasenmyer Foundation and was the first alumnus of Penn State Behrend to donate $1 million to the College, for which a plastics processing laboratory building bears his name. He was the 1991 Alumni Fellow and in 2000 was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Penn State. Richard died on December 26, 2002, at the age of 55. The annual student design conference hosted by the School of Engineering was named in 2005 to honor Richard's legacy.