Alumni Donors Cite Titi, Beimborn as Reason for Legacy Gifts

Inspired by the faculty members who taught them, two College of Engineering & Applied Science alumni –one at the early stages of her career, one at the end of his —recently made gifts to the UWM Foundation in their estate plans.

Dean Brett Peters, Sara Padarath and Jean Opitz

In November, Alumni Chapter President Sara N. Padarath (BS ’05 Civil Engineering, MS ’10 Engineering) included the UWM Foundation as a beneficiary of her retirement account. When received, her generous gift will endow the Excellence in Engineering Scholarship, providing unrestricted scholarship support for students in the College of Engineering & Applied Science.

“UWM has given me so much,” said Padarath, now a Geotechnical Engineer at CH2M.

Padarath was attracted to the College because of its supportive atmosphere and because of the faculty in civil engineering. Hani Titi, Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, was particularly influential in her choice of becoming a geotechnical engineer, she said, adding that she is forever grateful to him for his guidance and mentorship.

Roland Weiss and his wife Helen Alexander

More than 40 years after he graduated, UWM Engineering alumnus Roland Weiss (’72 BS Applied Science) stated that he has such fond memories of UWM and gratitude toward Professor Emeritus Edward Beimborn, Civil & Environmental Engineering, that he decided to include the UWM Foundation in his will. Weiss worked for aerospace companies supporting the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and attributes his success to Beimborn’s encouragement to pursue graduate education.

If you would like to discuss your options for supporting the College with a gift through your will or retirement account (in support of the public phase of Made in Milwaukee, Shaping the World: The Campaign for UWM), contact Jean Opitz, Development Director, at x5603 or for more information. Or visit