UCC graduate, Scott Harvey, lends his skills to give back to his community.
As astronomers know only too well, what goes around comes around in terms of both heavenly bodies and life’s good deeds. When UCC Astronomy Professor Dr. Paul Morgan decided to build a small observatory on campus, he found local engineer and former UCC student Scott Harvey only too eager to draft the structural plans because UCC had helped him get a second start in life. Scott began his education to become a structural engineer through UCC’s civil engineering program.
Scott is always eager to share his story with current and perspective students, “I was a timber faller. I knew guys that got hurt pretty badly, and I wasn’t getting any younger. I had been doing that for about fifteen years, and I figured I should try something different.” The reality for Scott was that he couldn’t simply stop working and go off to college. He continued working in the wood products industry to support his family while getting a GED from the Woolley Center. Then, with advice and help from Umpqua Training and Employment, he decided on UCC’s two- year program in Civil Engineering. However, one big obstacle at the time was his lack of math skills. “When I started, staff at UCC said I needed at least 2 extra terms to catch up on my math, and I said I can’t, I only have 2 years. So, I was pulling all-nighters, just working my tail off, but the teachers were a big help.” Math professor Kelly Wyatt and engineering professor Tom Rogers are fondly remembered by Scott for their patience and help. Scott credits Tom Rogers as a tremendous influence, giving him unflagging encouragement towards his Associate Degree in Civil Engineering. Once accomplished, Scott was off to Oregon Institute of Technology where two more years of hard work netted him a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.
Scott Harvey runs his own business in Douglas County and his work on the UCC observatory is just one example of his willingness to give back to the community. Paul Morgan spoke of Scott’s involvement in the observatory design “Scott greatly improved my simple design; he added strength but kept my objectives for the structure to be light-weight. He also quickly jumped on the project to make construction possible this summer. Scott’s engineering expertise will help many astronomy students see the stars for years to come.”
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