CH2M Hill CEO encourages graduates to drive positive change

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Approximately 1,120 students received their baccalaureate degrees at the College of Engineering's spring commencement exercises May 9 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

This year's commencement address was given by environmental engineering alumna Jacqueline Hinman, chief executive officer of CH2M Hill. The firm is a global leader in consulting, full-service engineering, construction, procurement, program management, and operations for public and private clients.

"What we do as engineers is to design and build a better world. As you receive your diploma, please do not take this lightly," she told the audience.

Hinman explained to graduates that no matter where their careers take them, they should not be the best in the world, but rather be the best for the world. "Being the best IN the world is about you. Being the best FOR the world is about others. The world needs your help."

She pointed out that despite decades of technological advancements, many of today's pressing issues, including hunger, pollution, urbanization and industrialization, are not isolated to developing countries. "There are challenges regarding mobility, energy and infrastructure right in this state and in this town." Hinman said engineering graduates "are the very people who can — and will — drive positive change."

She concluded, "What you really learned here, and what will always be part of you, is how to solve problems. Go ahead and solve a few that help you personally along the way. But make sure you solve some that help others, in your neighborhood, and beyond."

Last Updated May 12, 2014