Pittsburgh Professionals Golf to Give Back
Every July, CEE Alumnus Seth Pearlman (BS ’78, MS ’79) and over 60 construction, design, and engineering professionals from around the Pittsburgh area tee off together in support of higher education in engineering. For the past eight years, Pearlman has been organizing and attending the Annual Golf Outing at Chartiers Country Club, the proceeds of which help to support CEE students.
The Annual Golf Outing funds the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) Educational Trust scholarship that is distributed to students in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Recipients are those with financial need who are interested in the deep foundation industry. Since 2009, ten CEE students have benefitted from the award.
Pearlman, former DFI president and current president of the ground improvement company Menard USA, believes that this scholarship is an important way to encourage new geotechnical engineers. He also says the golf outing is an excellent opportunity for professionals from each facet of the geotechnical field to connect. “We work as a team in this industry—engineers, owners, contractors, equipment, and material suppliers—and it’s important that everyone get to know each other a little bit on a personal level. “
As a CEE alumnus, Pearlman is especially committed to this event and has been a leading sponsor since its inception. In an interview earlier this year, Pearlman spoke fondly of his time at CMU saying, “Success is a combination of the school and the person, but having a good foundation really helps.” In addition to facilitating the DFI scholarship, he has stayed connected to the university and CEE department by serving on the CEE Advisory Council and through his son Julian (BS ’14), who is also a civil engineer.
This year’s Golf Outing is scheduled for July 21, 2014 at Chartiers Country Club and will provide attendees with lunch, 18 holes of golf, and dinner. For more information about this event, please visit their website.