Cal State Long Beach’s College of Engineering received a three-year, $500,000 matching grant from the Beavers Charitable Trust to establish an endowment for a Professor of Practice in Heavy Civil Construction. CSULB is the first university in California and one of five in the nation to receive the grant.
The Beavers Professorship is designed to enhance interest in civil and construction engineering at CSULB and expand opportunities for hands-on learning, most notably through student internships with Beaver-affiliated companies.
“This new addition will enable us to deliver highly qualified graduates who combine technical knowledge in heavy civil construction with modern business practices and societal concern,” said engineering Dean Forouzan Golshani.
Ralph Larison, a trustee of the Beavers Charitable Trust and a friend of the university, is spearheading the process of appealing to alumni, industry partners and other friends to help raise matching funds for the grant. Nearly $150,000 in contributions have already been promised or received.
The Beavers Charitable Trust has given generously to the College of Engineering over the years and endowed the Beavers Heavy Construction scholarship fund at CSULB. The Beavers is a social, honorary organization formed and managed by companies and individuals in heavy engineering construction.