A Blueprint for the Future
Of the 15-odd states Steve Roberts has called home, Colorado holds a special place in his heart. It was here that he discovered a passion for civil engineering—a passion that began at Colorado State University and continues more than 40 years later in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"My enjoyment of big, complicated projects led me to what we call 'heavy' civil projects like power plants, hydro projects, dams, and flood control facilities," Steve says. "As a young person, I was excited by the possibility of seeing those projects progress from conception to construction to completion."
Backed by a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, Steve did indeed see those projects come to life. One of his favorite accomplishments was the design and construction management for a power plant just north of CSU.
"It's rewarding to see what you've designed on paper become reality," Steve says. "And I wouldn't have been able to achieve that without the education I obtained at CSU."
The CSU experience goes beyond the classroom, and students are encouraged to be active participants in both their academic studies and campus-sponsored programs. While Steve enjoyed his civil engineering classes, he also relished the adventures he had as part of the University's outdoor club. The group backpacked, hiked, and whitewater rafted together—even venturing to the Grand Canyon.
As a CSU student who worked his way through school, Steve wants to support engineering students and open doors of opportunity for future generations. That's why he made a gift to the University in his estate plan, also known as a bequest. His contribution will help fund scholarships for students in the civil engineering program.
"I believe in the benefits of education and recognize how difficult it is for a young person to pay for their education," Steve says. "I wanted to help promising students gain skills and knowledge necessary to enter the workforce."
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