Mechanical engineering alum Gary W. Harper shared his industry insight at the College of Engineering's 2022 Scholarship Reception. The evening honored nearly 350 undergraduate and graduate students for their exceptional efforts. Harper earned his BS in mechanical engineering in 1971, won the Bear Down Award in 2003, and received the Alumni Achievement Award in 2015.
“My mother and father met at the UA, so the UA is part of the reason I’m here at all,” he said. “Scholarships helped my parents pay their way through, and to pay it forward, as Dean Hahn said, that’s what we’re doing with that scholarship today.”
He established a scholarship in 2019 to support students, after years of being involved with the Alumni Association. He encouraged current students to give back their time, talents and treasure someday once they are able.
“The education I received provided me that foundation to have a really wonderful career in the electric utility industry,” he said. “The campus environment, the things that you can do on this campus, give you opportunities to develop yourselves, your leadership skills, and frankly have a good time.”
“Behind each scholarship and each award, there is a story of generosity and giving back, and of opportunity and promise for the future,” said David W. Hahn, the college’s Craig M. Berge Dean. “Thank you to Gary and Gabbi for sharing their inspiring stories with us. Thank you again to our donors, faculty, advisers and other staff members for your commitment to our students. And congratulations once again to our scholarship awardees.”