Hanson’s Indianapolis office donates pens, books to pre-engineering ei


May 16, 2013 

Contact: Darrel Berry, Marketing Communications Manager
Hanson Professional Services Inc.
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Hanson’s Indianapolis office donates pens, books to pre-engineering eighth-graders

INDIANAPOLIS — Hanson Professional Services Inc.’s Indianapolis regional office recently donated pens and copies of a children’s book to pre-engineering eighth-graders at an Indiana school.

Hanson gave 250 company-branded pens and 250 copies of “Gong Gong and the P&L Railroad” by Hanson Civil Engineer Judy Dittmer, P.E., to students April 9 in Carrie McCune’s pre-engineering design and modeling class at South Dearborn Middle School in Aurora, Ind. The class is part of the Gateway to Technology program for middle school students from Project Lead the Way, a nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricular programs for middle schools and high schools. The students use computer-aided design and drafting software (CADD) and geometry and problem-solving skills, work in teams, keep engineering notebooks and learn project-management skills to design and develop product prototypes.

A grant provides funding for the curriculum at the school but does not cover the cost of regular classroom supplies, such as pens. The state of Indiana has implemented cuts to education funding, leaving teachers such as McCune without a budget. McCune emailed companies such as Hanson in search of donated supplies.

Jim Trachtman, regional vice president at Hanson’s Indianapolis office, coordinated the donation to the school.

“Anything that we can do to help students stay interested in engineering and technology is well worth the effort. I had the pleasure of visiting Ms. McCune’s classroom and it was terrific to see all of those bright students at South Dearborn Middle School,” Trachtman said.  

Dittmer’s book chronicles the work Hanson and she performed on the $94 million Paducah and Louisville Railroad relocation design and construction project in Grand Rivers, Ky.

Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, architecture, planning and allied services. The Indianapolis regional office is located at 2629 Waterfront Parkway East Drive, Suite 375, Indianapolis, IN  46214. The office may be reached by phone: (317) 293-9024 or fax: (317) 293-9566.

About Hanson Professional Services Inc.
Known in the industry for its hands-on approach, Hanson Professional Services Inc. (Hanson) is a national, award-winning, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, architecture, planning and allied services. Established in 1954, the firm employs more than 350 professionals – including engineers, architects, planners, land acquisition specialists, surveyors and scientists – in offices nationwide, offering services throughout the U.S. and in more than 40 countries. The firm provides services to public- and private-sector clients from seven strategic markets: aviation; federal; government and energy; infrastructure; power and industry; railway; and telecommunications. For more information, please visit http://www.hanson-inc.com/.

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