You can always find Richard Michael Supkowski III doing his best as a team player but never taking anything so serious that it negatively affects himself or the team.

“I always like to bring light to a tough situation with some type of humor!” explained the mechanical designer at Borton-Lawson.

He is responsible for designing HVAC, plumbing, and process mechanical systems for commercial buildings involved in renovations and new construction projects. “I work closely with Precise Visual Technologies, our innovation, efficiency, and technology department, to optimize processes and assist in introducing new technologies to our firm and clients,” he adds. He is also an assistant project manager.

He graduated from Wilkes University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering holding minors in engineering management and physics, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering.

As an internist he was a process engineer at MTF Biologics and is now a mechanical designer at Borton-Lawson. “In each position, I started as an intern and was hired on part-time at each organization. I continued my part-time work at Borton-Lawson to a full-time position during my senior year at Wilkes and have been working here ever since,” he noted.

His mentor has been AJ Speicher of Borton-Lawson. “He has always provided me with the ambition to try and learn as much as him! I am a person that always enjoys taking on new challenges, and he showed me how diverse and interesting this line of work can be,” said Supkowski.

His wife, Dominique, and his parents, Rich and Marylynn, have supported him throughout his endeavors to which he is truly grateful. “My parents always worked hard and encouraged me to be the best I could be,” he noted.

Supkowski is the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers Anthracite Chapter communications chair; a certified Scrum master; Project Management Professional; and a certified Commercial Remote Pilot. He is currently studying to receive his Professional Engineering License in mechanical engineering and is an Engineer in Training.

He has received the outstanding graduate award at the College of Science and Engineering; the top academic performer award in the Mechanical Engineering department; and was a finalist for the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional Intern of the Year award.

The businessman is also employed at the Skydiving Center in Hazleton, and thus knows how to pack a parachute.

In high school, Supkowski researched solar wind and coronal mass ejections with NASA physicists from Goddard Space Flight Center, and his master’s project was on synthesizing silicon quantum dots via a hydrothermal method facilitated by the decomposition of silicon containing precursors.

As a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers he helped to organize multiple fundraising events that would benefit charities in the area.

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