A Formula for Success and Philanthropy
When Steve Johnson (BSME '67) chose the University of Denver for his undergraduate education, two factors mattered most: He wanted a good program in mechanical engineering and, as a first-generation college student from a low-income family in Portland, Oregon, he needed significant financial aid. He also had an interest in music.
While engineering became Steve's livelihood, music has remained an interest. When he arrived on campus, he found the engineering curriculum so demanding that he set music aside—until some 30 years later when he was drawn to the sound of the classical guitar. He began attending recitals at Lamont, where, he says, "The people were very friendly, and it was a very positive environment."