Attending the check presentation are (front row, L to R) Ravishankar Palanevlu; Ashley Elaine York; Sabrina Deitchler; Derek D. Koller, Terracon; and Kathleen Bethel, SARSEF CEO. (Back row): Betsy Bolding, SARSEF Board Chair; Mary Fosdick; Daren Layton; Chris Elsner; Larry Lebofsky; Margaret Wilch; and Rajendran Subramanian.

TEMPE, ARIZ. (January 14, 2019) – The Tucson office of engineering consulting firm Terracon presented a $5,000 check from its foundation to the Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF).

The Terracon Foundation Board selected SARSEF as its grant recipient. Terracon’s Tucson Office Manager Derek Koller submitted the nomination. SARSEF is a 501 (c)(3) whose mission is to create Arizona’s future critical thinkers and problem solvers through science and engineering.

“We are so proud of the work SARSEF does in the Tucson community and Southern Arizona promoting science, technology, engineering, math, and critical thinking abilities to our youth,” Koller said. “You never know; there might even be some future Terracon engineers in that group.”

The Tucson office has been involved with SARSEF for years. Its employees have participated as judges for science fairs and have also volunteered with organizations that support SARSEF. The grant will be used to fund STEM outreach programs aimed at young people in the Tucson community.

“SARSEF is thrilled to receive the support of Terracon and its employees,” said SARSEF CEO Kathleen Bethel. “Our community’s future workforce will be taught critical thinking skills and problem solving; all made possible through this grant.”

Terracon is an employee-owned consulting engineering firm with more than 4,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices with services available in all 50 states.

Terracon currently ranks 24th on the Engineering News-Record list of Top 500 Design Firms and is ranked No. 1 in Asbestos and Lead Abatement Design.

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