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Black and Veatch contributes $5,000 to Corporate Partners Program

Greg Cecil, engineering director of development, at left, and Meredith Shaw, interim director of engineering career and professional development, flank Black & Veatch representatives Eric Dein, BS MAE ’04, Jonathan Sandhu, BS CEE ’09, Danny Rellergert, BS ChE ’09, Ljubisa Prodanovic, BS EE ’08. Black & Veatch presented a check for $5,000 to the college at the winter career fair to gain membership in the Corporate Partners Program.

In February, Black & Veatch became the seventh engineering company to join the University of Missouri College of Engineering Corporate Partners Program. The company, which specializes in infrastructure development, contributed $5,000, placing them at the top level of donation in the program. Instituted in 2007, the Partners Program offers an organized way of connecting companies to engineering at MU and to engineering students.

“Some companies are seeking greater visibility and involvement so we created Corporate Partners to help them,” Greg Cecil, director of development, said.

Partners can elect to donate funds at the bronze, silver and gold level giving them increased benefits to enhance their visibility among students. Black & Veatch joined at the gold level with their contribution, allowing exposure in multiple areas.  Some of these include student enrichment programs, diversity initiatives, recruitment and K-12 activities. They also get a display at the career fair, invitations to students about recruitment activities and Engineering Career Services airs company videos.

Black & Veatch college/diversity leader Theresa Bridges said the company values their relationship with MU because it allows more engagement with students.

“Making a difference begins with hiring the best talent, from the best institutions. This partnership allows us to invest in the lives of students and help them prepare for their upcoming profession,” Bridges said.

Cecil added that he hopes to double the members of Corporate Partners within the next year.