New engineering scholarship honors founder of Pittsburgh firm

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A new scholarship in the College of Engineering honors the founder of a Pittsburgh engineering firm.

Civil & Environmental Consultants (CEC) Inc., established the endowment for James M. Roberts, a Penn State alumnus and the firm’s chairman emeritus.

The Dr. James M. Roberts Scholarship in Civil and Environmental Engineering is designed to offer recognition and financial assistance to outstanding juniors and seniors studying civil engineering at Penn State, with a preference for students who are on active duty for the military or are returning veterans.

Peggy Johnson, head of civil and environmental engineering, said, “Such scholarships are so important to students, as it’s recognition for their hard work while providing needed support for their educational expenses.”

Roberts received all three of his civil engineering degrees from Penn State, including his bachelor of science in 1965, his master of science in 1970 and his doctorate in 1974. He served as an instructor of civil engineering at the University from 1967 to 1974. Roberts currently resides in Pittsburgh.

Roberts founded CEC in 1989, a company focused on environmental services, civil and site development engineering, ecological sciences and solid waste management. Today the firm has more than 500 employees and maintains 17 offices throughout the United States.

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Last Updated February 14, 2013