Charles S. Merris Jr., P.E. has been selected by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council to receive the 2020 Engineer of the Year Award.  Charles is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania and is a member of the Susquehanna Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Charles was born in Harrisburg, PA to Charles and Dorothy Merris.  He graduated from Hempfield High School in Landisville, PA and went on to get a bachelors degree in biology from Millersville University.  Following a short career in the baking and restaurant industries, including a business venture with his father, Charles pursued a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering.  Charles graduated with a M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1988.  His thesis was entitled “The Effects of Aspirin, PGE1, and Biomer-Coated Surfaces on Blood Microemboli Formation”.  His advisor was Dr. Kenneth A. Solen, Professor of Chemical Engineering at BYU, who is now retired.

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