Shortly after graduating as a civil engineer in 1965, Larry Reiners knew there was something he wanted to share, and fortunately for Larry, his wife, Judy, joined him in that exciting vision.
After retiring from a successful Tulsa-based business and professional career that took Larry on exciting ventures across the Western Hemisphere in the oil and gas industry, the Reiners found themselves able to see their passion for education become a reality before they died. So they shared their intentions with the university, and since May 9, 2009, the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has been known as the Larry and Judy Reiners Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in recognition of their funding the Larry and Judy Reiners Endowed Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering. This endowment, along with a significant outright cash gift, will help the civil engineering faculty raise the already high standards of the department by boosting the curriculum and making the new masters a strong program to attract students from across the nation to Trine University.
A portion of the annual interest from the Reiners Endowed Chair for Civil and Environmental Engineering will be used for faculty development and stipends, upgrades to the departments labs, classrooms, technology, marketing efforts, scholarships, and student design projects and competitions. Any remaining interest will be added back to the principal to help offset normal inflation.
The department faculty, the university and the students are extremely grateful for the Reiners' support, which ensures the future excellence of this program.