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Lamar University
News Release
Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sina and Sohelia Nejad established scholarship at Lamar University

Amir and Layla Nejad received an honor from their parents, Sina and Sohelia Nejad, that will remind them of their hometown and their father’s alma mater no matter where their futures take them. The Amir and Layla Nejad Scholarship in Civil Engineering has been established in the Lamar University Foundation by Sina and Sohelia Nejad.

Sina and Sohelia Nejad own and operate Sigma Engineers, Inc. located in Beaumont since 1993.  Sohelia manages the daily operations of the business while Sina designs structures, many of which can be found throughout Southeast Texas.  Among some of the projects he has worked on are the design of the Beaumont Telco Credit Union building, the redesign of the Nathan building, and the design of the oil derrick used during the Spindletop centennial ceremony at the Spindletop/Gladys City Boomtown Museum. Adding to the couple’s local commitment, Sina currently serves on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Beaumont, the board of directors of the Anayat House and the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce. He is a past president of the Symphony of Southeast Texas.

Sina received both his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in civil engineering from Lamar and serves on the board of trustees of the Lamar University Foundation.  Sohelia attended the University of Southern California and has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business management.

“The College of Engineering is deeply appreciative to Sina and Sohelia Nejad for establishing a scholarship in their children’s names in the civil engineering department. Sina has been a long time supporter of the College of Engineering and Lamar and I am pleased that he has chosen to honor his children, Amir and Layla, in this manner,” said Dr. Jack Hopper, Dean of the College of Engineering.

For information about establishing an endowed scholarship, contact the Lamar University Foundation at (409) 880-2117.

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