The University of Maine Foundation recently awarded six alumni with the prestigious President Abram W. Harris Award, signifying extraordinary leadership and community contributions. Calen Colby, PE, and President of Colby Co. was the recipient for the College of Engineering.
“It is a strange dichotomy and a shame that our careers need the education at the beginning when we can least afford it,” said Colby. “The scholarships that are made available to students are so essential; they were to me in 1985 and they remain so today.
Graduating with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering, Colby spent the first part of his career overhauling nuclear attack submarines. After this, Colby worked in the A/E consulting engineering field. His notable works include structural and mechanical systems for a sculpture at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece. He, with his wife, Sarah Emily, founded Colby Company Engineering in 2008, a Portland, Maine-based firm.
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