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A Rising Star at CH2M Hill
By USBE Online
Aug 15, 2013, 16:17

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Keith Coleman is a young man ready to make his mark in the world of engineering. He’s earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Ohio State University, a master’s degree, also in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and another in architecture from Harvard University. Coleman was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio.

After his parents divorced, his mother worked hard to provide a good life for him and his siblings. He credits his mother for instilling him with confidence. She taught him to keep a watchful eye out for good opportunities.

“Food, clothing and shelter, the bare essentials were all we had. They were all we truly needed,” Coleman said. “And we were happy. My mom found a way to support us and we made do with what we had. Opportunities were few and far between; however, when one arose I took advantage.”

Coleman has a knack for attracting good opportunities. During his sixth-grade year in elementary school, the Ohio State University Young Scholars Program (YSP) chose him to participate. The program guaranteed Coleman a full scholarship to the university after high school. The only requirement was to complete a college preparatory course with above-average grades—which he did. The Pre-Freshman and Cooperative Education (PREFACE) program chose him as a participant following his high school senior year.

The program gave Coleman a chance to experience engineering studies at Ohio State University. Following his experience with PREFACE, he knew engineering was his career of choice. Coleman is now a rising star as a structural engineer at CH2M Hill. He provides analysis and design on building and infrastructure projects for CH2M Hill’s Government Facilities and Infrastructure Business Group. He recently passed the Engineer-in-Training exam, and is now working toward his Professional Engineer license.

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