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PNNL's Dave Conover Recognized by Catholic University of America with Distinguished Service Award

October 2014
PNNL Senior Staff Engineer, David Conover was recognized by his alma mater Catholic University of America (CUA) with the Smathers Award. The CUA Smathers Award is named after alum Jonathan Smathers who earned his Juris Doctorate from CUA in 1984 and was a defensive back on the Cardinals football team. The award honors a former or current Catholic University student-athlete, who has distinguished themselves in service to their community, university, profession or country. David Conover has professional achievements, service to the community and continued athletic achievements. Conover, who graduated with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering (1972 and 1977), was a two-year letter winner on the CUA swimming team. Since his graduation, Conover has worked for various organizations to develop and advance building energy efficiency through codes and standards. Community service has also been an essential part of Conover's activities. He has served as the Basketball Commissioner for the Great Falls, Virginia, Athletic Association and coached numerous youth teams in the community. He also volunteers weekly in the cardiac care unit of INOVA Heart and Vascular Institute at Fairfax Hospital, working with families and patients to help prepare them for heart surgery. He also supports the 4th grade of the local elementary school as a STEM assistant to science and math teachers.

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