Alumnus and Terracon CEO David R. Gaboury to Deliver Tang Lecture at UMass Amherst on Oct. 30

David Gaboury

AMHERST, Mass. – David R. Gaboury, alumnus and president and CEO of Terracon, the Kansas-based consulting engineering firm, will give the 15th annual Tang Lecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. in the 10th floor Amherst Room in the Campus Center. The talk is titled, “Prosperous Growth in Service of Employees, Clients, and Communities.” A reception follows at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Terracon has more than 125 offices in 39 states and annual revenue of nearly $500 million. It has more than 3,500 employees nationwide. Terracon is ranked 35th among Engineering News Record’s Top 500 Design Firms. 

“My talk will describe our case history of achieving prosperous growth,” says Gaboury. “Further, I will explore the question of what is the purpose of this growth and, in that context, why do we exist as a company? As CEO, I will describe how the company and I have personally evolved our view and role regarding purpose well beyond shareholder value to include service to employees, clients, and the communities where we live and work.”

Gaboury is a licensed professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience in environmental, geo-environmental and water resources engineering. Gaboury earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at UMass Amherst, a master’s degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and he is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Prior to joining Terracon, he served as COO and president of Woodward Clyde Consultants.

The Shirley and Ting-wei Tang Endowment Lecture Series brings leaders of engineering-based companies to UMass Amherst to interact with students and faculty and present a major talk. Shirley Tang is a retired academic advisor for the United Asia Learning Resource Center. Emeritus Professor Ting-wei Tang had a remarkable and distinguished career of 38 years at UMass Amherst. An internationally recognized expert in numerical modeling of semiconductor devices, Professor Tang was elected as an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellow in 1999. He received the Chancellor’s Medalfrom UMass Amherst in 2010.