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Dielectric President Scoops Prestigious Award

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Dielectric President and General Manager Keith Pelletier has been recognised by alma mater University of Maine with the prestigious Edward T. Bryand Distinguished Engineer Award at a recent special ceremony in Orono, Maine, where the 1998 UMaine EET Alum was present to receive the award.

Pelletier, who earned a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology, was nominated by ECE Professor Ali Abdei in recognition of his achievements in engineering, research and public service.

"Mr. Pelletier's accomplishments span over his career with various roles he played at Dielectric as engineering, line manager, director of engineering and more recently as President," said Abedi in the nomination letter. "He has been a strong supporter of R&D and has invested in new, cutting-edge technologies," adding that Dielectric's employment has nearly quintupled under his watch. “A Maine-based company with a national and global footprint is truly a gem in our state."

The Edward T. Bryand Distinguished Engineer Award was established in 1979 to recognize individuals outside the university who have brought distinction to the profession of engineering. Pelletier, who joined Dielectric as an RF Electrical Engineer upon graduating, has achieved this through a variety of activities. Achievements include a patent for Increased Isolation in FM Interleaved Arrays,” two provisional patents filed in 2022 on recent Dielectric innovations (Reconfigurable Manifold Combiner and Broadband Pylon Antenna, both introduced at NAB Show 2023), and numerous speaking engagements.

Abedi also cited Pelletier’s charitable and volunteer service to his local community and support for the local economy in his nomination.

Pelletier joins an elite group of honorees as fewer than one percent (1%) of UMaine engineering, math and science alums are even nominated, and most recipients are recognized near the end of their careers.

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