Driven by a desire to give back and offer thanks, it was an easy decision for Stephen Still, BS '76, to make a $4 million gift to UB.
"This university changed my life,” Still said when speaking about the University at Buffalo. “I have been blessed far beyond my expectations and the origins can be traced back to this very place. From the committed faculty who taught with passion and commitment to the lifelong friends made here, this place was truly transformational.”
Still credits his UB education as the foundation for his successful career, which began after he earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at UB and master’s and doctoral degrees at Princeton University. While his passion always has been in transportation planning, he spent most of his career in the aviation industry. The Reston, Va., resident co-founded, managed and then sold two successful companies: Seabury Airplane Planning Group LLC and Diio LLC.
Still’s gift created an endowment to support the Stephen Still Institute for Sustainable Transportation and Logistics, a center that unites UB engineering and management schools to address the growing new field of transportation, logistics and supplychain management. The endowment will help fund research, program initiatives, equipment costs and the work of graduate students studying transportation.
Still feels very strongly about supporting UB. He began giving back early in his career, and has continued to do so for almost two decades. He serves on the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences dean’s advisory council and the Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering advisory board.
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“My family was of modest means, and with state support, I was able to attend (UB) for close to free. Today, a UB education remains a tremendous value relative to the exceptional quality education it provides. So many young adults are given the chance to pursue their dreams in any field with the strong foundation provided here.”