When Bob Brown first attended UT in 1979, he already had a B.S. under his belt from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, had completed a stint in the Army and was employed in the Tampa Bay area as a civil engineer. Though he was a part of successful public works projects across two counties, Bob felt something was missing from his education.
"When I started my career as an engineer, I saw how woefully underprepared I was for the business side of engineering, so I decided to fill in my education with an MBA. I picked UT for its small class size and learning environment, which was much like what I had experienced at West Point. I was not disappointed with UT's top notch instruction."
Bob credits professors Mickey Perlow, Gene Dunham and Cary Singletary (UT '68) for the impact they had on his education, and still thinks of their insight in his day-to-day practice. "The lessons learned in my MBA allowed me to do a lot of interesting things in addition to engineering, like rate studies for utilities. For a project I worked on in Pasadena, Fla., I not only designed their city-wide reclaimed water system, but also determined how the city would pay for the project by deciding what rates they needed to charge to pay for the construction costs and loans."
Soon after graduating, Bob became only the third employee of the newly formed Tampa Bay Engineering. In this new role, he was able to use his engineering expertise to help design systems to improve the environment in the Tampa Bay region, as well as his business savvy to set up the financial structures needed to run the company. Twenty-five years later, the company still uses the same financial construct that Bob established, though he admits much of the process is now paperless.
Bob recently joined the Legacy Society at UT by including the University in his estate plans. When asked what motivated him to take this important step, Bob said, "I support education for the same reason I recently completed my Ph.D.—I have a love for lifelong learning."
Bob continued, "UT's mission statement says that the University hopes to create productive and responsible citizens, and I feel that it is my responsibility to pay back UT for the role the University played in supporting my education. I knew when I went to UT my tuition didn't cover all the costs, so I feel I have a moral obligation to support my alma mater."
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