The owners of one of the leading engineering firms in West Virginia and western Pennsylvania have created an endowment to ensure future generations of civil and environmental engineering students at West Virginia University have access to the tools they need to be successful.

Amy Veltri and John Nottingham, owners of Novel Geo-Environmental, LLC, and graduates of WVU’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, made the $25,000 gift to provide support to the technical education system.

“One of the foundations of NGE’s success is the solid education both John and I received at WVU,” said Veltri, MSCE ‘96, president of NGE. “We decided to provide an open-ended endowment to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, allowing the chair to use the funds at his discretion to best meet future needs.” Nottingham earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from WVU in 1987 and 1995, respectively.

“Gifts such as this allow us the flexibility to use them where we have the greatest need,” said Radhey Sharma, chair. “We are grateful to Amy and John for this gift. They are proof that the students that graduate from the Department are among the best in the industry.”

With offices in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, NGE offers a wide range of professional services, including environmental consulting, geotechnical engineering and environmental construction/remediation. The firm has been recognized by Inc. Magazine on its list of 5,000 fastest growing firms and top 10 fastest growing environmental service firms.

The gift was made in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The $750 million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation of behalf of the University runs through December 2015.



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