Dielectric President Keith Pelletier Wins Prestigious Engineering Award from Alma Mater
University of Maine celebrates 1998 graduate’s achievements in engineering, research and public service with its annual Edward T. Bryand Distinguished Engineer Award
RAYMOND, Maine, May 18, 2023 — Dielectric President and General Manager Keith Pelletier was recognized 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.
“It is beyond humbling that my alma mater believes that my work has made such a positive impact both within Maine and the broadcast community,” said Pelletier. “The Edward T. Bryand Distinguished Engineer Award looks across every engineering discipline in University of Maine’s curriculum, including electrical engineering, computer engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, math, and physics. I am gratified to share this honor with the support system around me, including my family, the University of Maine community, and the people at Dielectric.
Based in Raymond, Maine, Dielectric LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group. Dielectric is a leading provider of innovative broadcast products. The company has been building and delivering antennas and RF systems optimized for every TV and FM radio broadcast need since 1942. Dielectric is an innovative, customer-centric organization with a long history of engineering excellence in designing and manufacturing high-quality broadcast solutions. As a trust partner of broadcasters worldwide, Dielectric maintains its legacy of advanced, precision RF solutions while building in features that prepare broadcasters for the future. More information can be accessed at www.dielectric.com.
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