Paul Brand
Member at Large

University of Hartford Degree Info:
B.S. in Civil Engineering, 2002
B.A. in Politics & Government, 2002

Current Career Info:
Project Manager, Michael Baker International, Rocky Hill, Conn. where I manage the design, permitting, and construction of transportation, land development, and infrastructure projects. Some of my more recent projects include the CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit program; the Shoreline East Railroad; and the New Haven—Hartford—Springfield High Speed Rail Stations in Berlin, Meriden and Wallingford, Conn.

Past Career Info:
Project Engineer, BL Companies, Meriden, Conn.

Other University of Hartford activities/volunteer service:
During my time at the University of Hartford, I was involved in a number of fantastic organizations. I am a founding father of the Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. As a freshmen, I served as the A-Complex representative to SGA and then served as the Academic Vice President of SGA for two years.  I also worked as the News Editor of the Informer for a year before becoming the Editor-in-Chief, and I served on the executive board of the Newman Club as the Fundraising Chair.

Community Service:
Since the premature birth of our daughter, in 2011, my family has been involved with March of Dimes’ “March for Babies” program, which raises funds for research on premature birth and support of the families of premies.

Why do you volunteer for the University of Hartford and the Alumni Association? Why do you think it is important to give back to your alma mater? 
I came to the University of Hartford in 1997 from the south suburbs of Chicago. After a very homesick first semester and some good advice, I learned quickly that the college experience is completely what you make it, and I tried to get the most out of my time at the University. I had to spend more time on campus than the average student because of my dual major—I was there every winter and every summer, taking classes, for five years and the University became my first home away from where I grew up. It is where I learned to live on my own, where I fell in love with my wife and few places hold as much sentimental value for me. I choose to volunteer with the Alumni Association because I feel that if you want to be proud of the institution on your diploma, you have to help make it a place you’re proud to come from.

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