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Gift of Retirement Assets

Gift of Retirement Assets

Robert D. Stevens, Ph.D., P.E., AICP, Pres. 15. ASCE

Robert D. Stevens, Ph.D., P.E., AICP, Pres. 15. ASCE, has been an active ASCE member since he was a student at The University of Akron. Through his early ASCE involvement, Bob gained leadership skills and confidence that helped shape his professional life.

With a global career spanning over 50 years, Bob worked primarily in the transportation sector where he led environmental assessments, planning, design, and construction management of roads, bridges, rail, transit, and airport projects. He is an ASCE President-Emeritus, a past President of the United Engineering Foundation (UEF) and works part-time as an Executive Vice President at Arcadis.

Bob has been in many volunteer leadership roles, including serving as a founding governor and officer of ASCE's Transportation and Development Institute, Chair of the ASCE Technical Region Board of Governors, and a member of the ASCE Board of Direction. Being involved and giving back to the civil engineering profession as a volunteer, and philanthropist, helps Bob spread his message that civil engineering "is a wonderful profession…[that] offers so many opportunities to grow in new directions."

Throughout his career, Bob has been an ambassador for the civil engineering profession – meeting and talking with members of the public, students and society at large, educating them about the role civil engineers play in protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.

"I've had a great career that has been both fulfilling and meaningful. Civil engineers do more than any other profession to keep people safe and healthy by providing clean drinking water, proper waste disposal and treatment, and safe transportation systems. We prevent problems while other professions treat problems after people experience them. It is a wonderful people-serving profession."

Becoming a member of the Founder Society of the ASCE Foundation, Bob has made a generous donation to support programs that provide valuable professional skills like leadership development and offer opportunities for civil engineers to continuously advance a better and brighter global future. He is a member of the Pacesetters Circle that honors individuals who are loyal annual supporters with gifts to the ASCE Foundation for five, or more, consecutive years.

Bob graduated from The University of Akron with B.S. degrees in civil engineering and math, Yale University with a Masters in City Planning and a Certificate in Traffic Engineering, and The University of Michigan with an M.S. and a Ph.D. in civil engineering focusing on transportation.

A registered professional engineer in seven states, Bob and his wife, Bonnie, reside in Texas near their grandson.

Is making a gift from your IRA/Retirement Plan right for you?

If you are 70 ½ or older, you can make a sizable gift to the ASCE Foundation from your individual retirement account (IRA) and receive tax benefits in return.

Retirement plans offer a great way for you to make a gift to the ASCE Foundation—you can name the Foundation as the beneficiary of all or a portion of your IRA or other retirement accounts.

If you have already designated the ASCE Foundation to receive a gift from your retirement plan, we hope you'll let us know about your gift! By informing us of your gift, we can say thank you now and ensure that your gift will be used exactly as you intended. Informing us of your beneficiary designation also helps ensure that the funds will be distributed to the ASCE Foundation as you instruct.

If you have questions about how to make a gift to the ASCE Foundation with your IRA, or how to designate your IRA gift, please contact us.

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