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CEAT Alumnus Gives $2.5 Million Gift to School of Chemical Engineering

Monday, October 8, 2018

Carl Robertson

Carl Robertson, OSU alumnus, has announced a $2.5 million estate gift to the school of chemical engineering in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University. This is the largest individual gift in the history of the school. 

Robertson received his bachelor’s in 1986 and his master’s in 1988, both from OSU in chemical engineering. The gift will go to the Chemical Engineering Next Level Endowment fund. The earnings from this endowed fund are dedicated to transforming students’ educational experience from outstanding to premiere. Robertson announced the gift Monday, September 24 during the senior design class. 

“It was fitting that the first to learn of the gift were our students as they are the reason we are here,” said Rob Whiteley, immediate past head of the school of chemical engineering.

Robertson has spent his career in the energy sector. He has worked in a wide range of process and project engineering roles for Arco and Conoco/ConocoPhillips, and is currently employed as a consultant in the oil and gas industry.  He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Oklahoma and is also a certified Project Management Professional. He has worked around the world with over 20 years of overseas experience in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. 

“The impact will never end as the gift principle will be invested for all time,” said Heather Fahlenkamp, Anadarko Chair, professor and interim head. “Every student in our program from this day forward will benefit from [Robertson’s] generosity and his desire to enhance the engineering education and reputation of our program. Robertson’s support of the school is inspiring to everyone in the chemical engineering family, past, present and future. We thank him for choosing to make a difference!”

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