MU engineering grad makes pledge toward purchase of equipment for Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering complex

Updated 3 years ago Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Leonard C. "Lance" Atkins, founder of Atkins Engineers in Palmetto Bay, Fla., and a 1970 graduate of Marshall University, has made a three-year pledge of a gift toward the purchase of equipment for the Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex, currently under construction on MU's Huntington campus.

Atkins, the principal consulting engineer of the company, has worked in the engineering field since 1967 and received his bachelor of civil engineering degree from Marshall in 1970.
"We are very thankful for the generous gift from Mr. Atkins," said Dr. Wael Zatar, dean of MU's College of Information Technology and Engineering. "It will be used to acquire specialized state-of-the-art equipment and innovative technological capabilities required to provide futuristic opportunities for Marshall University's engineering students to develop into the leaders of tomorrow."
Atkins Engineers was founded by Atkins to provide the highest quality engineering services to local, national and international clients.

"The education I received from Marshall has endured throughout my career and has been there for me every day," Atkins said. "Working my way through college at a local engineering company was a great experience and then being fortunate enough to graduate from MU was the best foundation an engineer can get. I am confident that with the new Weisberg Complex the tradition of exceptional education will continue at Marshall. I have always been proud of being a graduate from Marshall. As a young engineer during college I was given the opportunity to help design the student center and Smith Hall and also had the distinct pleasure of designing a State Electric building for Mr. Weisberg. My hat is off to the Arthur Weisberg family for their contribution to Marshall University. Thank you Marshall and the Weisberg family."
Zatar said Atkins' gift "will play a central role in preparing talented minds to discover, innovate and create the future. The result will be well-educated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) graduates who are confident and prepared to enter the workforce and empowered to lead innovation."
"The complex will serve to transform Marshall University, the broader Huntington community and countless lives," Zatar said. "The economic impact that this facility and the programs it will support in the surrounding geographic region will be extensive."

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