A Vision to Create a Legacy

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State is engaged in a fundraising campaign to create a $3 million endowment to reestablish a program in construction engineering and management (CEM).

Multi-disciplinary in scope, the education of construction engineers and managers involves civil engineering, environmental engineering, business, finance, and related fields. The heavy and vertical construction industry provides millions of jobs and accounts for a significant fraction of annual GDP in the United States.

This funding will permanently support a full-time, teaching focused professorship in civil construction. The hired person will have a substantial record of industry leadership and experience and will teach courses in construction and related areas, including possible participation in the department's capstone design program. Each year, the hired person will teach a large fraction of our undergraduate student population, which currently totals nearly 500 students pursuing a BSCE degree.

As of February 2021, there are currently commitments from thirteen leading construction companies as stakeholders in the new CEM program, at a level of $100,000 each. Through this generous support, as well as a $750,000 gift from The Beavers Charitable Trust and an additional $150,000 gift from Allan Myers, Inc, $2.2 million has been raised toward the $3 million goal to establish The Beavers Charitable Trust and Allan Myers Endowed Professorship in Civil Construction Engineering and Management.


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Fundraising Team:

Diontre Earl
Sr. Director of Major Gifts, College of Engineering

Patrick Fox
CEE Department Head

Robert E. Alger
President, Infrastructure Projects, SNC-Lavalin

George Mezey
President, Trumbull Corporation



The Penn State Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, established in 1881, is internationally recognized for excellence in the preparation of undergraduate and graduate engineers through the integration of education, research, and leadership.

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

212 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-1408

Phone: 814-863-3084