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Jonathan Curtis, E69, EG72, AG05P

Jonathan Curtis, E69, EG72, AG05P, was nothing if not involved during his years at Tufts: he sailed on the varsity sailing team; was president of his fraternity, Zeta Psi; worked as a teaching assistant during his senior year; and was a member of the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi. Today, Curtis is still very much plugged in to life on the Hill.

As a School of Engineering overseer since 2002, Curtis says that he enjoys "helping the younger folks advance their careers." Curtis, who retired last year as president and CEO of CDM Federal Programs Corp., credits Tufts with having had a significant impact on the success of his own career as an environmental engineer.

Curtis contributes annually to the Tufts Fund at the Packard Society level and volunteers his time as a Class Gift Officer. In honor of their 40th reunion, Curtis and some of his fraternity brothers established the Zeta Psi Class of 1969 Scholarship in Memory of Paul Montle to support undergraduate students.

Through the years, he has provided significant support for various financial aid priorities at the School of Engineering. He established the Jonathan G. Curtis Fellowship and worked with employees of CDM to set up the CDM Fellowship, both of which support civil and environmental engineering graduate students. He also is a member of the Charles Tufts Society, having created a charitable remainder unitrust that will provide funds for future students.

During the Solar Decathlon competition in Washington, D.C., in 2009, Curtis was so struck by the energy of the Tufts students that he volunteered to help with the assembly of the Curio House. And this winter, he and his wife, Sandy, ventured to Tanzania on a Tufts Travel-Learn safari hosted by two Cummings School professors.

Curtis says he is dedicated to staying connected to Tufts and funding scholarships at the School of Engineering so current students may have the same positive experiences that he had. "I attribute much of my leadership development and success as an executive to the academic preparation and life experiences I had at Tufts. The school excels in educating future leaders in the field of engineering, and is continually striving to improve."