Sean Van Delist, Texas State University
Title: Board Member of the Texas State University Patron's Foundation
Employer: Texas State University
“CIM has already benefited the industry tremendously by providing a new generation of technologists and managers to carry on the forward-moving momentum of progress and maturation.”
What is your involvement in the CIM program? Why did you get involved with the program?
I am a Board Member of the Texas State University Patrons’ Foundation. I grew up and have worked most of career in central Texas since graduating from Middle Tennessee’s CIM program in 2002. I was an advocate for establishing CIM at Texas State since the very beginning and got involved to help ensure the success of the local program.
Why have you and your company made the commitment to the CIM program? What benefits do you think it will bring to your company?
I have committed to the local CIM Program most of all to carry on the legacy of volunteerism and mentorship offered by the original Patrons at MTSU that contributed to my success as a student and professional. Involvement in the CIM program has been of benefit to Tex-Mix Concrete directly by providing us with a summer employee. Also, valuable information has been provided by students’ research. More indirectly, we look forward to the cadre of young professionals that will be employed by our suppliers, customers and competitors and the improvements to the market that will follow.
What are your thoughts about the industry/academic partnership between CIM and it’s industry partners and patrons?
Industry benefits tremendously by helping shape and influence academic experience to better prepare the students for what they will encounter in employment much more than through classroom instruction alone. By partnering with industry, the universities remain relevant and useful.
Why should other companies in the concrete industry get involved in the CIM program?
Involvement in CIM is a great opportunity to market themselves to future potential employees and customers. Also, there is the ability to have an impact on the educational experience. There are so many facets of the industry; the skills and knowledge of each niche need to be shared with the students and faculty.
How can they get involved?
Anyone can get involved with CIM by contacting university faculty or the Patrons’ group at their local CIM university. They can give a presentation, host a social, or provide some equipment or materials.
How do you think the CIM program will benefit the concrete industry?
CIM has already benefited the industry tremendously by providing a new generation of technologists and managers to carry on the forward-moving momentum of progress and maturation.